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November 7, 2012

Some say entitlements led to Obama, Warren victories

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“Tierney winning is a sad commentary on the electorate,” said Jesudian, sitting with some friends at Panera.

“Tierney is a disgrace,” agreed his friend, Charles ‘Chuck’ Papalia, 76, of North Andover.

Even worse, he said, Obama won because “there are more people in the wagon than outside pulling the wagon. Food stamps, welfare, entitlement programs. If you were on any kind of entitlement program, you voted Democrat.”

The vote for Warren over Brown was also hard for many people to understand yesterday.

“I was really surprised about Scott Brown,” said Brian Bartlett, 52, an Andover resident who was having lunch at Borelli’s Italian Deli on Merrimack Street in Methuen yesterday. “I liked him a lot. I guess the Democratic machine is far from dead in Massachusetts.”

Ralph Basiliere, 46, of Haverhill, said that while he liked Brown, he was happy that Warren won.

“Scott Brown is a good man,” said Basiliere, a veteran who was in the U.S. Marines from 1984 to 1988. “But I’m pleased with Warren and I’m pleased the Senate stayed Democratic and the House remained Republican. It’s good for checks and balances.”

He added, however, that he hopes to see Brown again soon — perhaps making a run for U.S. Senate in a special election if Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., becomes Secretary of State under Obama, as some have predicted.

“He’s a quality guy no matter how you cut it,” said Basiliere, as he ate lunch at a booth in Mike’s Deli in Haverhill.

His lunch companion, Corey McClintic, 29, of Somerville, said he voted for Obama because of Romney’s stance on veterans issues.

An Army veteran, McClintic said he feared a Romney presidency would “gut the Veterans Administration,” which he works for, and “privatize all government agencies.”

Several women interviewed yesterday said they were happy Obama won because of women’s issues.

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