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Mass. Senate candidates on the issues

Associated Press Modified: November 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm •  Published: November 3, 2012


Both candidates have offered strategies for creating jobs and helping the struggling middle class.

Brown: Points to several votes he has taken in Congress to support jobs programs. Supports legislation to boost manufacturing and jobs training and provide more opportunities for entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses. Has labeled Warren a "jobs destroyer" and says her plan would add to the nation's deficit.

Warren: Criticizes Brown for voting against Democratic-backed jobs bills in the Senate. Has called for leveling the playing field for small businesses and community banks by simplifying regulations that favor large corporations and banks. Says sustained economic growth calls for greater investment in education and rebuilding the nation's aging infrastructure. Says her plan would more than pay for itself by putting people back to work and modernizing roads, public transit and communications.


Brown and Warren agree on many basic tenets of American foreign policy, though there are differences. Both agree that all options up to and including military action should be on the table if diplomacy and sanctions fail to stop Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon. Both say Syrian President Bashar Assad must go.

Brown: Has criticized Warren's earlier use of the word "nuanced" to describe the preferred U.S. approach to Iran, saying it was time to bring "severe pressure" on the regime. Says the U.S. should identify moderate elements within the Syrian opposition movement and aid them with weapons. Says he's less concerned with the timing of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan than he is with ensuring that the enemy is defeated and that Afghan forces are prepared to take over security.

Warren: Says the Obama administration has already imposed on Iran the toughest sanctions in history and she would support making them even tougher. Cautions that providing lethal assistance in Syria could have unintended consequences and do more harm than good. Has called for withdrawing U.S. troops as "quickly as possible" from Afghanistan, perhaps even sooner than Obama's current timetable.


Brown and Warren both support abortion rights, yet that has not prevented abortion and contraception from being a major flash point between the candidates throughout the campaign.

Brown: Vows never to vote in the Senate against reproductive rights. Says he voted against Supreme Court nominee Elana Kagan, a supporter of Roe v. Wade, because she lacked judicial experience, not because of Roe v. Wade. Says he wanted to protect the religious freedom of Catholics when he voted earlier this year to support an amendment that would have let employers deny health care coverage for services they say violate their moral or religious beliefs, including birth control. Opposes gay marriage.

Warren: Warns that if Republicans gain control of the Senate they could confirm a Supreme Court justice who would tip the balance against Roe v. wade. Criticizes Brown for votes against Kagan and for the amendment to allow employers to deny coverage for services that violate their moral or religious beliefs. Supports gay marriage.