Obama Turns Up Heat in Mass. Senate Race
New video urges support for Coakley, president's agenda
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2010 2:26 PM CST

(Newser) – With less than a week to go before the special election for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat and Democratic nominee Martha Coakley slipping in the polls, President Obama is appealing directly to voters. In a video released today, Obama ties his agenda to Coakley's prospects, saying the Massachusetts AG will "be your voice, and my ally."

"The opponents of change are pouring money into your state," Obama warns. "They believe that by defeating Martha, and replacing Ted Kennedy with her Republican opponent, they'll be in a position to tie up the Senate." Observes Greg Sargent of the Plum Line blog: "What makes it all the more compelling—and underscores just how high the stakes are here—is that there’s actually a good deal of truth to what he’s saying."