oceandreams | Fri, Jun 22, 2012 7:58 PM EST
What do you consider your top 3 accomplishments in the Senate you’ve achieved for the people of Massachusetts?
This election may decide control of the U.S. Senate. Can you explain why you feel Mitch McConnell should be Senate majority leader?
What if any legislative priorities of a Republican-majority Senate would you support? What if any would you oppose?
Why do you think you, as a junior senator from Massachusetts, are the top recipient of campaign contributions from securities, investment, hedge fund and venture capital donors in the entire U.S. Senate?
Do you support the continued operation of the Consumer Financial Protection Board?
Why did you vote for an amendment that would allow employers to deny health insurance coverage for anything they morally oppose, including contraception?
Do you believe that the Catholic Church’s opposition to contraception should be supported by federal legislation?
Why did you oppose a bill strengthening equal pay for equal work? Do you feel women no longer face any discrimination in the workplace and are adequately protected by current laws? If there were specifics in the bill you opposed, what were they, and what would make such a bill acceptable for you to support?
Why did you vote against confirming Elana Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court? Especially after introducing her this way to the Senate Judiciary Committee:
“I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Kagan last month and found her to be an impressive and pleasant individual. . . .
“As an attorney myself, I recognize an impressive legal resume when I see one. There is no doubt that Ms. Kagan has gone far since graduating from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1986.”
There’s been a bit of a flap over your claim that you met with “kings and queens” regularly while in the Senate. Putting royalty aside, you also said you met regularly with foreign leaders. Can you give us some examples of who, when and why?
One of your ads has your wife saying you were always there during the day for your children. Can you explain how that’s possible while you were also a state legislator?
You’ve been somewhat critical of Harvard University as being elitist, in terms of your opponent’s connection there. Is it elitist that Mitt Romney has two degrees from Harvard? Or is working at Harvard elitist but attending it not?
Do you consider it a good thing or a bad thing that Harvard University and associated medical institutions is one of the largest private employers in Massachusetts?