Warren Meets with Clergy Members in Springfield

Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren was in Western Massachusetts Monday. Her itinerary included a closed-door conversation with a group of African-American clergy members who’d invited her to a meeting about a number of issues. New England Public Radio’s Adam Frenier reports.

The meeting was organized by Springfield NAACP President Reverend Talbert Swan. Swan says the participating clergy members were particularly interested in Warren’s position on gun control, the economy and the incarceration rate of people of color. While stopping short of officially endorsing Warren, he says the candidate made a favorable impression during the conversation.

“Our encouragement would be for our members to vote that candidate that best speaks to those concerns and Elizabeth had a number of great ideas concerning those issues. Her stances on those issues were congruent with what many of us believe, but it’s up to each individual to decide for themselves who they are going to vote for.”

When Warren was asked about the conversation, she provided few specifics. instead she turned to a number of familiar themes of her campaign, including investing funds and resources, in the future.

“In education, in roads and bridges and power and all the things it takes to create jobs. We make the investments in our people and we create a future for all of our children. That is economically what is good for our country and it is morally what is right for our country.”

A similar meeting was held in March with incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown, who is running for re-election. Brown is scheduled to participate in a charity basketball game next week with Swan, Democratic Congressman Richard Neal, and others. For New England Public Radio, I’m Adam Frenier.