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Warren Slams GOP, Brown

Jan. 3, 2013

Hillary Chabot, Boston Herald

Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren, only hours away from being officially sworn into office in Washington D.C. after beating Republican Scott Brown, told the Herald this morning she's not sure her former foe will make another run for Senate in the likely upcoming special election.

"He hasn't said he's running," she said when asked what advice she would give to a Democratic candidate facing off with Brown. Brown has been silent on whether he will go for the seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Sen. John Kerry, and there has even been speculation that he is considering a run for governor.

But Warren, who ferociously battled Brown on the campaign trail, said Democrats have plenty in their arsenal should he decide to jump into the race.

"Sen. Brown strongly defended subsidies for big oil, and did not support equal pay for women. Those are powerful differences and those kinds of differences are likely to remain front and center if he is the candidate," she said, adding that he is just like the Capitol Hill GOP.

"Republicans made their position clear," said Warren about the recent fiscal cliff process. "They didn't like the deal because there weren't enough cuts imposed on seniors and because there weren't enough breaks for billionaires. That's a pretty shocking position."

She hammered the differences between Democrats and Republicans, saying she is "appalled" by the process.

Though Warren bashed the GOP, she did have kind words for one Republican senator when asked about her attempts at bi-partisanship. She said she has met with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who sits on the Banking Committee where Warren will also serve.

"I have already started reaching across the aisle," she said. "He is a very thoughtful man."

The comment comes after Warren famously named Richard Lugar of Indiana as a Republican she could work with during a UMass Lowell/Boston Herald debate, only to be reminded that he is retiring.

Warren, who feasted on eggs and toast this morning to prepare for her busy day, will be sworn in at noon, hold a reception for supporters and staff, then have another ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden at 2 p.m.

But the busy pace is unlikely to slow her down.

"Tomorrow is apartment hunting," she laughed.



Source: (c)2013 Boston Herald Distributed by MCT Information Services


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