Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren are battling for the public relations high ground in their fledgling US Senate campaign, with Brown demanding Warren sign his proposed ban on third-party ads and Warren forwarding her own agreement to Brown.
“I agree to the current proposal with clarifications to make it stronger,” Warren wrote today in a letter she sent to Brown – and the media. “These changes sew up some of the loopholes from your draft. I recognize that even with changes, this agreement isn’t perfect, and I remain committed to continue to work with you in the future to combat any issues or to close up additional loopholes that may appear.”
The press release was issued three minutes before the Brown campaign sent reporters its own email.
“It’s long past time for Professor Warren to put aside her political rhetoric and sign the historic People’s Pledge to deter outside groups from invading Massachusetts,” Brown campaign manager Jim Barnett said in that release. “After months of defending super PACs, Professor Warren has so far refused to sign two concrete proposals put forth by Scott Brown while offering nothing but excuses. Warren can no longer have it both ways. She needs to step up to the plate and put her words into action.”
The two are the likely candidates in what could be one of this year’s most hotly contested US Senate races. Brown is battling to retain the seat he won in a January 2010 special election to replace the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, while Warren is expected to emerge from a group of lesser-known Democrats aiming to win the seat back for their party.
Democrats currently hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, but during this year’s campaign, they are defending 23 seats. Republicans are defending only 10, so the Democrats are trying to take control of GOP seats wherever possible to cushion against the potential loss of their own seats.
A net gain of four Senate seats would allow Republicans
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