Let’s say, with the deadline for a deficit deal fast approaching, you want to know what Republican Senator Scott Brown and Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren think the congressional Super Committee should do. That’s reasonable, right? Brown, after all, styles himself as an outspoken, independent-minded senator, while Warren portrays herself as a tough, intrepid, truth-teller. So on mid-afternoon Monday, I contacted both Brown’s and Warren’s offices to request a brief phone interview. No one expects them to have their own deficit-reduction plans, I noted, but I was interested in talking in broad terms about what they hoped to see. Things like, should the committee aim for a big - that is, in the $4 trillion range - package or be content with a smaller one? Should new revenues be included, and if so, in what rough proportion to spending cuts? I said I hoped to speak to each in the next couple of days.
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