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President Obama says his agenda ”probably rests” on Tuesday’s special election

January 16, 2010

In a robocall to Massachusetts Democratic voters, President Obama suggests that his agenda of healthcare, financial services reform, and clean energy “probably rests on a single vote in the United States Senate.”

On Tuesday, three candidates are on the ballot in the special election to fill out the remainder of the term of the late Senator Edward Kennedy.  

The race is a tight battle between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley, who once  led Brown by 30 points and appeared headed for certain victory.   A Libertarian candidate, named  Joe Kennedy, is also on the ballot.

As the president pointed out, if Brown holds on to his slim lead and captures the so-called “Kennedy Seat,”  the Democrats’ 60-vote , filibuster- proof Senate majority is history. 

And what a shock that would be.

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