Massachusetts Democrat and candidate for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren made two appearances in the Western part of the state Thursday.
Warren first appeared at a luncheon at the Westover Job Corps Center in Chicopee, talking to vocational students about their career aspirations.
"It is all about jobs, our economy is all about jobs, our future is all about jobs. And job corps is an important part of that. So I'm delighted to be here and to have a chance to see it personally and to get to talk to people and get to touch hands over this."
Warren is on leave from her position as a professor at Harvard Law School. In Chicopee she talked about her decision to marry and start a family before she had finished college, and the financial strain that created. She said she could relate to the young parents in Job Corps. Warren then visited residents and small businesses in downtown Holyoke and toured the Holyoke Data Center. She addressed the negative ads released by the Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS political action committee, which both she and Brown have denounced.
"The first thing we can do is we can get really meaningful disclosure – who's behind those ads? Who's really paying for them? And when I say meaningful, I mean within 24 hours, I mean up on the Internet where you can see it. We're going to have to look at public funding of campaigns to try to wean people off these big dollar donors. And eventually we're just going to have to talk about whether or not there may have to be a Constitutional amendment."
Warren was not soliciting donations at the events, but this week she announced that she raised $5.7 million in the last quarter of 2011, a number that exceeds quarterly fund raising by some Republican presidential candidates last year. Incumbent Senator Scott Brown raised $3.2 million during that time.