SHREWSBURY, Mass. - U.S. Sen. Scott Brown sought the women's vote Tuesday during a campaign stop at the Hebert Candy Mansion in Shrewsbury, picking up an endorsement from former state Rep. Karyn Polito and a large chocolate turkey.
With just 14 days to go before Election Day, the Republican senator, who faces Democrat Elizabeth Warren, has been spending more time on a campaign trail that, lately, has been taking several turns through Central Mass.
"Professor Warren has been trying to paint me as a threat to women," Brown said before a small crowd of sign-waving supporters. "She needs to stop scaring women."
Brown stressed his support of the causes traditionally seen as "women's issues," touching on his childhood in a home with domestic violence, his pro-choice stance on abortion and his support of federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
"I'm going to continue to fight for women, not just on these issues but also on economic issues," Brown said.
Polito, who served as Shrewsbury's state representative until she lost a bid for state treasurer, said she found Brown to be a bipartisan legislator during their time together on Beacon Hill.
"He has convictions, he has principles and he always stands up for what he believes is right," she said. "He doesn't look to leadership to make his decisions."
Both Polito and Brown pointed to Hebert Candy as an example of a small business which grew without government assistance -- a contrast, they said, to views expressed by Brown's opponent. Brown was critical of Warren's stance on business issues, noting that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce referred to Warren as "catastrophically antibusiness" in a recent get-out-the-vote effort.
Acknowledging that Massachusetts is traditionally a state that votes Democrat, Brown said voters should remember they don't have to vote the straight ticket on the ballot.
"Every part of the state is important and I'm going after every vote," Brown said. "Obviously, Central Mass. is a very important part of the state and I won most of the votes here last time. I'm hoping to do that again."