Q&A: What Would You Ask Elizabeth Warren?

With a live Q&A chat coming up on Friday, Patch wants to know: What would you ask Elizabeth Warren?

If you could ask Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren a question, what would it be?

Elizabeth Warren will be joining us live on Friday, July 13, at 1:15 p.m., providing an opportunity for you to ask her about where she stands on a particular issue or the upcoming election. 

Wondering about her stance on the national debt? What about healthcare? Education?

Leave your questions for Elizabeth Warren in the comments to have them considered for the live Q&A session. 

To join Friday's chat, head on over to SalemPatch from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

Michael McNeil July 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Can you prove you are a native american and do you still take credit for the occupy movement?
Rosalind July 11, 2012 at 01:15 PM
What response do you have to research like this? http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/07/exclusive-elizabeth-warren-relative-researched-ancestry-called-indian-claim-a-rumor/#comments
Jim Kearney July 11, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I'm all for what you say, but in 2008 "we" thought Obama was going to change Washington but he has done virtually nothing to make basic changes. He opted out of accepting public financing despite promising to change that. And something like more than half of his campaign contributions came from Wall St and he's taken very good care of them since he was elected. Most of your campaign funding has come from outside MA - why should we expect you to be any different than Obama?
KlassySalem July 11, 2012 at 02:59 PM
If you are the anti-Wall Street warrior, why are you getting so much money from the law firms that work so hard to keep Wall Street barons just a millimeter on the right side of legal?
BWP July 11, 2012 at 04:13 PM
It's been shown that your academic work has flaws, your genology--as relayed by you--has flaws when compared to the investigative work of the Cherokee Nation, your intellectual rigor as the 'brains' behind the Occupy Movement got lost and was never clearly communicated anywhere in the nation, and your campaign spots and speechs rely heavily upon rhetoric and attacks. What will you do for the citizens of MA and, through your work as a US Senator, the nation that I can really believe will be Constitutional, intellectually sound, and valuable? Anywhere in your skill set, what valuable insights and experience will you offer that will put people to work and reduce the national debt?
walls July 11, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Why didn't you or your staff meet with the four Cherokee women who travelled to Boston recently? The Herald reported your staff stated they intended to meet them; the four women said they received NO REPLY from your staff. This behavior is rude .... particularly in light of your claims that you wanted to meet "people like you".
Michael Berry July 11, 2012 at 05:36 PM
What is your position on gun control and the 2nd Ammendment? Just to qualify my question, I am a staunch supporter of the 2nd Ammendment and the right to keep and bear arms.
john July 11, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Why should a voter really think any one person can change anything in Washington? We vote based on what candidates views are but at the federal level things happen from the top down if at all.
Bill July 11, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Your ads say you will fight "Wall Street and the Banks". Two questions: 1. Now, in 2012 (not 2008) how are they hurting everyday Americans like me. I don't see any downside from these businesses - can you tell me otherwise? Please note, I actually bought a a house I could afford and read the reams of docs given to me at closing. 2. How will one junior Senator (who may be in the minority) accomplish this.
RH July 11, 2012 at 07:03 PM
As Senator, how would you pursue your campaign platform under a Republican president?
Wellington West July 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM
What should go into the retail space left open by Marketplace Quilts at 6 front street?
Trochilus July 12, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Why did you plagiarize recipes that were printed in the 1984 book, "Pow Wow Chow," a book which was "edited" by your cousin? The specific ones printed in that book that you took credit for at the time of the printing of the book, were recipes that had previously appeared virtually word for word in the New York Times several years prior to that book (back in 1979). They had been listed by the NYT as specialties at a high-end French Restaurant, Le Pavilion, which was located in New York City. Two "crab meat" dishes that you took credit for were actually identified as favorite recipes of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and of Cole Porter. Don't you have any sense of shame?
walls July 12, 2012 at 01:23 PM
To continue the "Pow Wow Chow" discussion, an "Oriental Beef Stir Fry" recipe in that book is listed as being submitted by "Bruce Mann - Cherokee". Bruce Mann is your husband. Are you claiming that he, too, is Cherokee? BTW, that recipe apparently was plagiarized - word for word - from the Oswego, NY "Palladium Times" in January 1983.
KlassySalem July 12, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Chuck July 12, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Really?? Let's get off the ancestry nonsense and talk real issues here.
Trochilus July 13, 2012 at 02:08 AM
walls -- Guess they both like New York recipes! Gee, that should sit real well with Boston folks. Meanwhile, Chuck, in response to you and I seems to be hearing about all this for the first time. "Really?" -- he asks. But then says we should all just "get off the ancestry nonsense and talk real issues here." Strong indications of plagiarism comprise a "real issue" in many peoples' minds. Yet, it's an issue Elizabeth Warren has not, and likely will not address. I'm pretty sure that was why commenter "walls" posed his additional questions as well, Chuck. Back to the basic topic: Are Elizabeth Warren's repeated claims of Cherokee heritage and ancestry just "nonsense" as Chuck apparently believes? To many Cherokee people, including a lady named Twila Barnes, a Native American genealogist, unfounded claims of Cherokee heritage matter a lot. She recently read about and publicly challenged the basis for Elizabeth Warren's repeated claims of Native American ancestry, ones that Warren had made by listing herself at several university law schools over a period of years -- including Harvard. What was Warren's response to Twila Barnes request? She refused to meet with her, even when Twila took the time to come to Boston to ask the candidate about her questionable filings and claims! Plagiarism, false claims in applications, rudeness -- just let us know when things get "real" enough for you, Chuck!
Chuck July 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Plaigarism - in a cookbook?? That's a serious issue Trochilus? And really, how did you learn about your ancestry? Like most people, I'm sure your parents and grandparents told you what your background was and that's what you told people beacuse that's what you believed. Did you research it? I sure as didn't and I told people I was what my parents told me. And yet again... who cares?? I don't care if she's Cherokee or Chinese and if that's what matters most to you, then that's a real character issue - with you! The point is you have nothing to really challenge Warren on because her record on the issues is that strong and all you can do is drag out this ancestry nonsense - which is exactly what it is. Let's talk about the fact that Scott Brown is liar in claiming that he is a middle of the aisle senator when he in fact has voted with Republicans 93% of the time on things like giving tax breaks to oil companies and killing jobs bills and endless useless repeals of Obama's healthcare. Let's talk about his latest ad where his wife is trying to show how "pro-women" he is when he voted against coverage for women's health care and equal pay. And let's talk about how Elizabeth Warren is not going to pander to the banking institutions like Brown does and how she stands up for people of every race, religion, gender and orientation, unlike Brown, Those are the real issues I am talking about.
Bill July 13, 2012 at 01:30 PM
The real question - did you suddenly start claiming native American ancestry to make the move from anonymous State U law Prof to the lvy League? Sure seems that way. UPenn and Harvard don't hire a lot of faculty who hail from Rutgers Law - unless of course they help with a quota and provide PC cred. That was all the rage back in the 90s. If not for that small change in box checking, no one outside of Austin Tx ever hears of Elizabeth Warren.
Bill July 13, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Scott Brown votes against his party more than 99 other senators. Only Susan Collins breaks with her party more often. You can make the case he is the most independent US Senator in the recent history of Mass. The #1 reason he gets my support, donations and vote.
Chuck July 13, 2012 at 01:50 PM
New Study: ProgressMass Analysis of Scott Brown's Voting Record Reveals Highly Partisan Record, Overwhelming Support for Republican Obstruction in U.S. Senate For Immediate Release: May 7, 2012 Contact: Mathew Helman, Communications Director E-mail: mathew@progressmass.org BOSTON - A new study of Republican Scott Brown's voting record in the U.S. Senate by ProgressMass reveals that, when Brown had the opportunity to oppose Republican obstruction in the U.S. Senate and demonstrate bipartisan leadership, he voted overwhelmingly with his Republican colleagues. This finding runs directly counter to Republican Scott Brown's recent claims of bipartisanship. Brown voted with his Republican colleagues at a rate of over 75% (over 93% prior to Elizabeth Warren's entry into the Senate race) to block legislation that had the support of 50 or more Senators, measures that would have passed the U.S. Senate on a so-called "up-or-down vote," according to the ProgressMass review of Brown's Senate record.
Bill July 13, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Great neutral source, No ax to grind. No agenda. Thanks for sharing comrade
walls July 13, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Plagiarism is a serious offense - especially in academic circles. Elizabeth Warren claimed herself to be "white" at U of Houston, "native American" at Penn and Harvard, then "white" again for her remaining tenure at Harvard. How do you go from being "white" to "native American" to "white"? It doesn't add up. Elizabeth Warren scurries away from reporters who ask questions about this - like a cockroach who scatters when the lights are turned on. Is this leadership? BOTH Warren and Brown [and all politicians] take money from banks and Wall Street - that is just the nature of the game. Integrity, honor, and honesty are important qualities that every politician MUST have in order for a candidate to earn my vote. Elizabeth Warren fails here. But to "Chuck" - apparently not so important, as long as there is a "D" after the name. To me, that says an awful lot about "Chuck".
Trochilus July 14, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Yes, plagiarism -- even in a cookbook -- is a serious issue, especially when you copy a recipe nearly word for word, from an expensive New York restaurant, one that was printed in the New York Times five years previously, and include it in a book of "Cherokee recipes" book, with your name attached to it, all as if you were the one who came up with it. It was dishonest. And at the time ('84), I'm sure she never dreamed that anything like "Googling" would come along that would allow someone to trace her petty theft -- so she went ahead and did it. And, I notice you are not trying to challenge the fact that she did plagiarize it -- just as she has refused to address it, just as she now parrots her tired, sing-song bit about family lore to cover up for the fact that she got caught having spent he adult lifetime of falsely claiming Cherokee heritage, in listings on law school applications where she thought doing so would give her an advantage. You may not care what your heritage is, but obviously Lizzy does and has for all of her adult life. Frankly, I don't know what she told others while she was a still a child because there is apparently no record of it.
Trochilus July 14, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Bill, Check the photos on the http://ProgressiveMass.org website -- Chuck's source. The shots of meetings are punctuated with hand-scrawled signs screaming "Defeat Brown!" taped to the walls. Hmmmm . . . must have been the meeting(s) where they were debating what "percentage" of negative votes to attribute to Scott Brown, and how to describe them. You were obviously spot on with your comment -- "Great neutral source. No ax to grind. No agenda. Thanks for sharing, comrade." Heh! I'm still laughing at that one!
Chuck July 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM
And did either of you read Elizabeth Warren's chat on here from Friday? I'm sure you didn't since you both have your own axes to grind. You will see she answered the question exactly as I said - it's what she was told and who would research that when that's what you grew up believing? And I hope you both enjoy patting each other on the back (or wherever) with your "comrade" comment. The cries of "socialism" are the scare tactics of conservative fascists everywhere.
Bill July 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Yes, I watched it live - she dodged many direct questions and gave pat pre written answers. There was not much substance to any response other than liberal/Dem boilerplate. I was expecting more from such a supposedly brilliant law prof


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