It’s time for the mid-summer round of “Who Seems More Like A Senator?” In past episodes, we’ve explored who had the more sensible approach on the federal deficit and who would do more to rein in the filibuster. But many moderate voters are looking beyond individual issues for someone who will rise above Washington’s petty squabbles, speak the truth as they see it, search for common ground, and have the courage to compromise.
So who has the edge on this kind of leadership? I asked Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren to cite times when they had worked across the partisan divide and when they had publicly broken with their party. I also asked what they would do to make the US Senate a more functional body and whether they had offered any pledges that could limit their independence of judgment.