CHELSEA, Mass. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez says President Barack Obama's visit to Massachusetts and an upcoming appearance by former President Bill Clinton show his Democratic opponent is running scared.

While the president was rallying thousands of supporters of U.S. Rep. Edward Markey in Boston, Gomez, a former Navy SEAL, met with about two dozen veterans at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.

Gomez said he's "closing the gap rapidly" on Markey and is honored that Obama was worried enough to make the trip.

Gomez said he's written to the president welcoming him to Massachusetts, but hasn't received a response.

Gomez said he's confident that despite the big Democratic push, he'll have enough resources to compete over the final 13 days of the special election campaign.

Arizona Sen. John McCain and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani have campaigned for Gomez.