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October 2, 2012

Brown, Warren face off in debate


"I’ve been speaking to independent voters in Massachusetts to be their independent voice,” he said. “Professor Warren would be in lockstep with her party. I don’t work for President Obama or Mitt Romney or Mitch McConnell. That’s what independence is about.”

Warren said she worked with members of both parties while working as chairwoman of a Congressional oversight panel in 2009 that monitored the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which bought mortgage assets from struggling banks during the financial crisis.

"I’ve had experience working across aisle,” she said. “I went to Washington in the financial crisis in 2008 as part of a bipartisan commission, with both Republicans and Democrats, and worked on the different and challenging issues facing the country.”

She said she is not working for any party, but would work with any senator or leader who she thought proposed ideas that protected and helped the middle class.

Gregory asked if Warren had any regrets about the questions surrounding her claims of Native American heritage. Brown repeated his assertion that identifying herself as Native American in a professional directory, and possibly in job interviews, is a test of character she did not pass.

"I wish I had been faster in answering the question,” Warren said. “But the truth is the truth. I believe my mother. I can’t understand what [the] test would be to say my mother lied to me from day I was born until the day she died.”

Colin Reed, a spokesman for Brown, said after the debate that Warren’s tax proposals have been blasted by national business groups such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Chamber of Commerce.

"There is a difference on jobs, on the economy. She supports more spending and higher taxes,” he said.

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