Obama campaigns with Mass. Senate hopeful Markey

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President Barack Obama is greeted by Massachusetts Senate candidate, Rep. Ed Markey, right, accompanied by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, left, and Massachusetts Gov Deval Patrick, center, upon his arrival at Logan International Airport in Boston, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Obama traveled to Boston to campaign for Markey's Massachusetts Democratic Senate campaign. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is working to boost the candidacy of Senate hopeful Ed Markey, calling him a champion for middle class families and small businesses with, quote, "a track record you can trust."

Obama says the longtime Democratic congressman also is strong and principled. He says the U.S. Senate could use more leaders like Markey.

Markey faces Republican Gabriel Gomez in a June 25 special election to replace John Kerry, who left the Senate this year to become secretary of state.

At a campaign rally Wednesday in Boston with Markey, Obama said Massachusetts has a long history of sending what he says are "smart, tough hard-working leaders" to the Senate.

He urged voters to add Markey's name to the list.