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October 24, 2012

Brown, Warren stress women's issues in Senate race

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Abortion rights supporters worry that a conservative Supreme Court could reverse Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. Warren, in campaign stops and debates, has indicated supporting pro-choice judicial appointments is important.

Brown has said he voted against Kagan partly because she did not have experience as a judge, and that he supports abortion rights. The federal equal pay law, called the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act after an employee who discovered after 20 years that she was making less than men doing similar work, was “the right idea but the wrong bill,” he said.

He said economic and tax issues affect everybody and said the policies Warren supports would mean higher taxes on small businesses. “Her tax proposals are going to crush the middle class,” he said.

Warren has said she supports allowing tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals, a tax group that can include some businesses, passed in 2001 and 2003 to revert back to the levels of the 1990s. She has argued the threshold of the change would be high enough to exclude most small businesses.

Polls this month have shown Warren with a significant lead among women voters. However, national polls have shown women moving toward former Gov. Mitt Romney since his first debate with President Obama in Denver on Oct. 5. Before that, Obama held double-digit leads among women.

In two polls released earlier this month conducted by WBUR and MassINC, Warren led Brown among women by 51 percent to 40 percent, similar to the margin in a University of Massachusetts-Amherst poll. A poll released Oct. 11 by Public Policy Polling showed Warren with a greater lead among women, 58-38.

The UMass-Amherst poll also showed that overall, 59 percent of poll respondents thought Warren would do a better job representing women, compared with 21 percent who thought Brown would do a better job. That answer was not broken down by gender.

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