Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

NEAR Perfect Game

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Scott Brown, the Republican Senator from Massachusetts has pitched a near perfect game in the Bay State. But in this presidential year his efforts might not be enough, the relief pitcher Elizabeth Warren may be called up for a shot in the “Big Leagues.” 

If you have followed the battle for the Senate for even a few minutes this cycle, you probably know that Elizabeth Warren and Senator Scott P. Brown are locked in a tight race in Massachusetts. The majority of polls are close and within the margin of error, but things are not looking good for Brown on RealClearPolitics with Warren winning by 4-7 points.

If you did not know about this race, understanding the candidates is probably a good place to start.

Who is Scott Brown? Well here is a quick summary to start, Scott Brown is currently a Senator of Massachusetts looking for reelection. Brown is a graduate of Wakefield High School, Tufts University, and Boston College Law school. He currently lives in Wrentham with his wife Gail and his two daughters Ayla and Arianna. He served in the Army national guard for 32 years and holds the rank of Colonel in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.

Since being elected, he has held firm on principles of lowering taxes and less government spending, and advocates for strong national security policies. His top priority is job creation and has worked on a series of bills targeting at boosting specific sectors in the Bay State Economy. In a recent commercial, Brown tells viewers “To me, creating jobs is more important than what party you belong to. THat’s why one of the first votes i took as a senator was for a democratic jobs bill.”  Want to learn more about Scott Brown and where he stands? Click Here.

Who is Elizabeth Warren? Well to start TIME magazine has included her twice among America’s 100 most influential people. She was Born in Oklahoma City and attended The George Washington University and the University of Houston. She received a J.D. from Rutger’s School of Law. She currently is an American Bankruptcy law expert and a Harvard Law School professor.

She is widely credited for the original thinning, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of a new consumer financial protection agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. What to learn more about Warren? Click Here.

What is going on now between them?

Well one issue lays with Hurricane Sandy’s assault on the East Coast, which have inspired debates over climate change and federal disaster relief, previously ignored in national campaigns this year. Both candidates denied a direct link between the hurricane and global warming, but have called climate change a problem. More on Hurricane Sandy. With the damage of Sandy and the final debate canceled, Brown says the final Senate debate is not necessary, but Warren wants to reschedule it for Thursday night. What will happen?

The debates are back and forth between the two centered around topics such as contraceptives, taxes, equal pay for women, and ties to heritage and banks, and voter turnout. To read more, Click Here.

The two candidates are waging a bitter fight over the state, and Brown has raised questions about Warren’s claims to Native American Heritage. In response, Warren has raised questions about Brown’s ties to big banks on Wall Street. They debated October 1st and at that event, both candidates stuck to messages of independence from their respective parties. More about the narrowing of polls from CNN

 

Brown and Warren both describe themselves as pro-choice. Warren however, has constantly pointed to Brown’s support for an amendment that would let employers and insurers to refuse health coverage for services they say violate their moral convictions, including contraception’s. Brown defends this statement by saying he is backing the religious rights of Catholics.

Brown has argued that Warren supports higher taxes, including the 2010 Affordable Care Act signed by Obama. Brown however supports repealing “Obamacare” and has taken a no new taxes pledge. 

Warren prides herself on ability to guarantee women equal pay. Brown on the other hand casts himself as an independent Republican voice. With television ads ending, Brown has concluded his vision as “Vote the Person, not the party.” Warren’s final pitch, on the other hand, casts herself as a fighter for the middle class and portrays Brown as beholden to millionaires, billionaires and “big oil.” These were the final arguments for the 66$ million Senate race, the nation’s most expensive in a year of close contests. 

Republicans must gain four seats to win the majority if Obama is reelected, three if Romney prevails. With the polls showing a close match, the result could depend on who has the best turnout. 

Browns approval ratings have remained relatively high. But he faces a challenge from a law professor and consumer advocate who has enthralled the Democratic population and whose fundraising has been extraordinary. WIll Brown be able to close out the 9th inning with a perfect game? Or will the public call in Warren as relief? 

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