ATTLEBORO — Republican challenger Geoff Diehl called on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren to drop out of the race while also expressing his support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Diehl, a state representative from Whitman, said Warren has admitted she will look at running for president and often travels the country campaigning for other Democrats.
He said her attention is on the White House, not on Massachusetts or Attleboro.
“She should drop out of the race and focus on her true passion, running for the White House,” he said during an appearance in Attleboro Tuesday.
Diehl said if he is elected to the Senate, he will pledge to serve the entire six-year term, not run for higher office and not write a book.
Warren’s campaign responded by pointing out her accessibility to Massachusetts voters.
“Senator Warren has held 36 town halls across Massachusetts as she continues to fight for working families against powerful corporate interests. And she’ll continue fighting every day in Washington to hold the Trump Administration accountable,” the campaign said in a prepared statement.
Diehl, who trails by 27 points in one poll, also expressed support for Kavanaugh, President Trump’s pick for the high court.
Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault while in high school and the FBI is conducting a limited investigation of the complaint.
Diehl said if the review does not turn up hard evidence, Kavanaugh should be confirmed by the Senate.
“There should be a presumption of innocence,” he said.
Diehl also criticized the way the charges became public at the end of the confirmation process, saying it came out “at the last minute.”