BOSTON (AP) - Martha Coakley points to the Christmas Day attempt to blow up an airliner and the Senate's passage of a health care bill as the pivotal moments in her failed campaign against Scott Brown.
The Democratic Massachusetts attorney general said in her first interviews since Tuesday's election that Brown capitalized on the disquiet those events caused in the public.
She says Republican Brown caught "an anger and got its fire."
Coakley also disputed accusations that she ran a lackluster campaign. She says her campaign had little money at first and couldn't start airing television ads until 13 days before the election.
She also says she underestimated voter anger at Democrats for not fixing the economy.
She wishes Brown well and plans to run for re-election as attorney general.