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Campus Question – May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012

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Campus Question – May 1, 2012

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Tonight’s Campus Question
Although she checked “white” on her application forms, Harvard Law School listed Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as Native American during the 1990s. Warren’s family lore told of Native American heritage, and today a genealogist found one of her ancestors listed as Cherokee in an 1894 census. Meanwhile, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) admitted his 23-year-old daughter is covered by his health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a law he wants to repeal. Should either story influence the election?


  • NCrissieB

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  • NCrissieB

    I think Sen. Brown take advantage of the ACA while calling for its repeal should influence the election, but I doubt that specific story will. I don’t think Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry will matter, except to voters who reject her because she wasn’t born in the state. (Some MA voters can be very insular that way.) All in all, I doubt either of these stories will be remembered past Labor Day. But I’ve been wrong before and, having made such a bold prediction, I’m sure the universe will remind me of how little I know….

  • I think voters will pick something they “don’t like” about a particular candidate, no matter what it is. If it fits into their particular leanings anyway, it’s just a convenient reason.

  • winterbanyan

    I don’t think either story will have much effect one way or another. I do think that the fact that Scott Brown is taking advantage of a law he is trying to repeal is an important point, but I don’t think it’ll switch any votes. As for Elizabeth Warren, I’m still trying to figure out what she did wrong.

  • addisnana

    I sure hope that Elizabeth Warren’s story is a non-starter for voters.

    Scott Brown on the other hand is taking advantage of something that most Americans really like (kids being able to stay on their parent’s insurance) and yet he says he will vote to repeal it. Hmmm. Well he got away with tooling around in a pick-up and pretending he was an average guy so my guess is he’ll get away with having his daughter on his insurance.