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Murray, Rossi campaign in Pierce County

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Oct. 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
October 27, 2010 3:52 pm

The campaign trail runs through Pierce County during the last week for Dino Rossi and Patty Murray to make their closing arguments to Washington voters.

Not only is it a vote-rich county, but their stops here draw media coverage that will be seen by voters all over Puget Sound. The same goes for King County, where they’re also spending time this week.

So television cameramen looked on this morning as Murray flipped pancakes for a union hall full of firefighters in Tacoma, a day after cameras filmed Rossi listening to the comments of veterans in Lakewood.

Both candidates said Pierce County, where Murray has won all of her Senate elections and where Rossi won his gubernatorial race in 2004 but lost the 2008 rematch, is important to the outcome of this year’s tight race.

“I believe it is one that we definitely need to win,” Rossi said.

(AP Photos/Ted S. Warren)

In his round-table talk with veterans Tuesday at Carrs Restaurant, Rossi waded into what has been seen as Murray’s territory. She has long served on the Veterans Affairs Committee and touts her work on behalf of constituent veterans and her fight to keep veterans’ clinics open.

Rossi nodded to that reputation. “She has good staff that do great work with individual veterans,” he said, and he plans to offer similar constituent service. But unlike Murray, he said, “I’m not going to bankrupt America in the process.”

Today, Murray told firefighters at the South 50th Street union hall that the economic collapse that has left the country reeling is really caused by the Bush administration’s wars and tax cuts, and Wall Street’s “gambling with your money.” Rossi would reverse new regulations on banks, she said.

Now a member of Senate Democratic leadership, Murray reminded firefighters she once was an underdog. “In 1992, I was outspent 3-1. No one thought I could win. But I had you at my back,” she said.

Murray was to be in Seattle, Auburn and Federal Way after her Tacoma stop today, then back in Seattle on Thursday. Rossi toured a business in Sumner Tuesday before heading to Lakewood. After a trip to Kitsap County today, he will be in Kent Thursday morning.

Both are also spending time in Southwest Washington, another key swing area. Murray visited Longview Tuesday and Rossi heads to Woodland and Vancouver on Thursday.

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