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Brown, Warren offer dueling political pitches from Fenway

Touting his bipartisan accomplishments, US Senator Scott Brown said on MSNBC this morning that “the only reason we’re getting things done” in Washington “is because I’m there.”

Brown has made the comments in previous public venues, but an appearance on the “Morning Joe” offered him and his leading Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, a broader format to make their campaign pitches. Each appeared live from Fenway Park -- about 30 minutes apart -- as part of a special broadcast celebrating the landmark’s 100th anniversary.

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Brown wore a Red Sox Jacket. Warren wore a bright red windbreaker, minus the team’s logo. Both were treated warmly, as the cast said frequently how lucky Massachusetts is to have such high quality candidates for Senate. Warren even got a kiss on the cheek from host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida. Scarborough joked that it would ruin Warren’s career.

The two candidates mostly stuck to their talking points and gushed about how much they love meeting voters on the campaign trail. Warren said the biggest concern she hears is that families fear they can no longer afford to pay for college, a ticket to financial success. She said the election is “about whose side you stand on” -- contrasting what she calls her own fight for the middle class with Brown, whom she said stands with Wall Street and oil companies.

In his turn on camera, Brown talked about his bipartisan record and said voters in Massachusetts want someone who can cross party lines, and need someone in the otherwise all-Democratic delegation who can communicate with the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Brown also confided that he practiced throwing a baseball for two weeks before throwing out the first pitch at Fenway for a Red Sox Game, because “if you screw up, it will be on YouTube the rest of your life.”

Between Warren and Brown’s appearances, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, and former US Representative William Delahunt formed a panel, discussing politics and Governor Mitt Romney’s reputation among Massachusetts Democrats.

“You couldn’t get to know him” Menino said, comparing Romney with other Republican governors.

Noah Bierman can be reached at nbierman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahbierman.
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