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For Brown—Warren pact to work, independent ads can’t be a dodge

A SENATE race this year between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown will likely shatter records for campaign spending in Massachusetts and flood the airwaves with ads. What’s important is for both candidates to take responsibility for what’s in those ads - and for the overall tenor of the race.

The agreement between the Brown and Warren camps announced on Monday to discourage third-party groups is a step in the right direction. Under the pact, both candidates will ask their supporters to stop running independent ads, and pay a penalty out of their own campaign coffers if their allies don’t comply.

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