Stating that "you can trust her to get results," former President Bill Clinton will urge Massachusetts voters to get out and vote for Martha Coakley in Tuesday's Democratic primary for the United States Senate.
Clinton has recorded a phone message that will be sent on Monday to more than 500,000 primary voters across the Commonwealth. In the message, Clinton says that "Martha Coakley will go to Washington to fight every day to create good jobs with good benefits and to get health reform with a strong public option." (The full text of the message is included below.)
"I am humbled by President Clinton's support and his help in reminding people to get out and vote on Tuesday," Coakley said. "President Clinton oversaw one of the great periods of economic expansion in our nation's history and was one of our staunchest advocates to move our country on a path towards universal health care. As Senator, I will work to carry that torch to pass meaningful health care reform and also help turn our economy around."
A full text of the recorded phone message of President Bill Clinton is as follows:
"Hello, this is President Bill Clinton. I'm calling to remind you to vote tomorrow, Tuesday, December 8. And I hope you will vote for Attorney General Martha Coakley as your next U.S. Senator.
"Martha Coakley will go to Washington to fight every day to create good jobs with good benefits and to get health reform with a strong public option. You can trust her to get results in the Senate just as she has as your Attorney General.
"This election is very important to Massachusetts. So don't forget to vote tomorrow and please vote for Martha Coakley. Thank you."
LISTEN TO THE AUDIO FILE (WAV)
Coakley became Massachusetts' first female Attorney General in January 2007. Since then, she has established herself as a leader on a variety of issues affecting Massachusetts residents, including addressing the foreclosure crisis that has plagued so many families. She has a proven track record of taking on Wall Street and protecting consumers, recovering record settlements in enforcement actions from companies such as Goldman Sachs and Fremont Investment and Loan for violating consumer protection laws. As part of her Cyber Crime Initiative, Coakley revolutionized the tools available to prosecutors for fighting crime in the 21st century, ensuring that Massachusetts is on the cutting edge of public safety.
Coakley, 56, was raised in North Adams. She is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she was a member of the first class admitted to the college that included female students. She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1979. Coakley resides in Medford with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connor, a retired police Deputy Superintendent.