Elizabeth Warren to Live Chat Friday on Patch

Do you have questions for the U.S. Senate candidate? Join the live chat Friday at 1:15 p.m. to have your voice heard.

Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will be live chatting on Attleboro-Seekonk Patch this Friday at 1:15 p.m. 

Wondering about her stance on a particular issue? Now's your chance to ask the Democratic candidate any question you want answered. Warren will be fielding your questions on topics ranging from the 2012 campaign to healthcare to national budget issues. You ask, she answers.

Head on over to our homepage from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday to join our chat. You'll simply have to provide your name and you'll be able to ask your questions immediately.

If you can't make the live chat, leave your questions as comments to this article, and we'll do our best to add them to the queue. We will publish the live chat transcript on Friday and a recap first thing on Saturday morning. 

Questions submitted will be subject to moderator approval. No vulgar or libelous comments will be allowed. Because we expect a high volume of questions for the chat session, we will keep the questions issue-related and not repetitive.

Jonathan Friedman (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 06:10 PM
M.C. Konk is correct. This thread is about Elizabeth Warren, not about Romney or spiders. Please try to stay on topic.
Wendy Wagner July 12, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Politics and college classrooms are two very different things, but as a college professor, I actually would give (and have given) a student credit if she or he answered the question in a previous spot and wrote down "I already answered that in Question 1" or something like that. I'm not big on mindless following of the rules; I just want students to understand the material I've taught. Sorry, I'm not a fan of bad logic and/or simplistic "Gotcha" questions.
deb of see-attleboro July 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Good points, Wendy. But we should not trivialize this serious allegation. Did Ms Warren fraudulently claim a minority status that gave her access to opportunities she was not entitled to? In politics or academia, this can easily be construed as cheating.
Emcee of Seekonk July 12, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Eddie, it would be a travesty to replace Senator Brown with Elizabeth Warren. His heart is in Massachusetts and he represents us well.
Heidi Milner July 12, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Eddie, I am impressed. Semi-coherant thoughts. You stuck 100% to the Conti/Houghton talking points. How many edits did this go through before posting? I bet Conti gave you a gold star and Houghton a happy face. You really are a big boy! Good luck with your run next year. With Conti and Houghton behind you, how could you possibly lose?
Tisiphone July 13, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Buck, this is a tactic so frequently engaged in that it has a Latin name "ad hominem" (to the man). It is also known as a logical fallacy.
Tisiphone July 13, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Buck, don't they remember "Ronald Raygun", "General Betrayus", "McLame" for John McCain, ad nauseum
Tisiphone July 13, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Here is question for Ms. Warren. How does someone worth $20,000,000 position themselves as "representing the middle class"? Since it is not the usual course of events, how does one go from "running a law office in their living room" to a law school professorship? For those who don't know,this is truly unusual. Usually reserved for out of work politicians and "rising politicians" (Clinton,Obama). If you are doing nothing, it is far better to say you were teaching "Constitutional Law" (it is always Constitutional Law).
Gretchen Robinson July 13, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Scott Brown is beholden to the most extreme part of the Republican party. He voted against equal pay for women. He's NOT bipartisan at all. The votes he's taken that are middle of the road, he had to take them in order to stay viable. He has not done what a Jr. Senator should do, learn the job, make friends on both side of the aisle, deepen and study his understanding of the issues. Instead he's roamed the country as the boy wonder who won in Massachusetts. He dedicated himself to raising money for the Republican party and spent little time in Washington. He loved it because he's a glory hound. Remember that election!! Millions from out of state put into ads to buy him the win, the same political ads (lies) slamming away, hour after hour. Now he's up against a real opponent. And all Brown campaign can come up is the nonsense about Native American blood? How stupid. Voters are bored with this idiocy. Hasn't he got any issues he wants to talk about?? Or is he afraid? Elizabeth Warren has a brain and a heart. Far as I can see, Scott Brown is like the rest of the Republicans, who grow ever more extreme (they want to allow businesses to stop paying for birth control!!!!). He's against the Affordable Health Care act and wants it repealed. The House has pushed repeal 33 times. The Senate is the bullwark against Republican extremists, including the likes Scott Brown.
paul July 13, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Scott Brown the Senator for sale from Taxachusetts only has a few more months, thank God. Get your free book from him now, while it's still free. The RINO, Tea Party, GOP, middle of the road gridlock act has gotten old and only a star struck intern would vote for him now. Liz & Joe Kennedy will sweep this area, join the bandwagon.
Gretchen Robinson July 13, 2012 at 02:59 AM
oh, my. His meetings, no his "secret meetings" with Kings and Queens will have to stop if he loses. Thanks Paul. He's as empty and as much as stuffed shirt as Mitt Romney. Except Romney is liar extraordinaire. Too bad his dad George told the truth during the Vietnam War when his dad told the press that when he went there the military had "brainwashed" him. George was a real person not a stuffed shirt.
Tisiphone July 13, 2012 at 03:35 AM
"And all Brown campaign can come up is the nonsense about Native American blood?" Wait a minute, did I miss something? Wasn't it Ms. Warren who made up "the nonsense about Native American blood"?
Wendy Wagner July 13, 2012 at 03:40 AM
"Since it is not the usual course of events, how does one go from "running a law office in their living room" to a law school professorship?" How do you know it is not the usual course of events? It looks like her first jobs teaching law school were at institutions where she had been a student. That is actually very common, especially at less competitive institutions such as Rutgers U-Newark and U of Houston. She basically started out in small, probably part-time jobs and worked her way up to a full-time position, then worked harder and harder till she got where she is today.
Charlie Adler July 13, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Wasn't Massachusetts Republican Mitt Romney standing in the middle when he signed health care reform into law in Massachusetts in 2006? President Obama went to that same political middle when he signed national health care reform into law four years later. But Mitt Romney was no longer standing there, nor was any other Republican. Their "middle" had moved to right. The Republican Party seems determined to keep moving the middle, maintaining an unbridgeable gap for political gain rather than seeking solutions. It was Reagan who asked "are you better off..." in 1980. The answer to that question will depend on what "better off" means. It's a question of what you value. Economically, most Americans will be worse off with each passing year, as the gap between the income of the rich and the income of the middle class has been growing for decades.
Tisiphone July 13, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Wendy, readher resume again and apply some critcal thinking. Was she a superior student? A Law Review editor? Take note of her marriage to a Harvard professor coupled with her apointment, "out of no where" to a government position (to be fair, she did stand against that "purchased" Bankruptcy Reform Act. Since it was clearly purchased, there is little reason to think her failure could have been otherwise). If you follow such things,recall that when she was hired Harvard Law students were in an uproar demanding "more diversity" among the faculty (see Globe archives if you wish) her gender and "Native American" ancestry made her a "twofer".
deb of see-attleboro July 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Tisiphone: I am pretty sure Wendy knows her resume better than most of us. I am not sure, if she is the same ;person. But I seem to recall reading here on Patch that a "Wendy Wagner" was a delegate to the state Democratic convention in Springfield a month or two ago.
Tisiphone July 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Deb, "no one is so blind as he that will not see". Take my word for it, Ms. Warren;s career has been unusal enough to warrant inquiry. Attending a political convention is similar to attending a stock holder's meeting, it is a sales pitch. You are told what they want you to hear. Most are polite enough not to ask the hard questions.
Gretchen Robinson July 13, 2012 at 02:53 PM
ah Tizzy, here we go again. The man with no name (apparently) fussing about something Elizabeth Warren said years ago when she went to college, a bright young woman proud of the 'facts' that she had been told, that she had Native American blood in her. If you go to Oklahoma, that's a common statement people make. They are proud of it. You can judge her by Eastern standards. Most in the Northeast look down on Native Americans, a little of our racism, perhaps, though we would deny it. Good thing most people in Massachusetts see through this smear. That is all you guys got to hold against her?? There's a little matter of the issues that the Right would like to ignore. Denying healthcare to millions of Americans who are going without it now? Scott Brown want to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. That is cruel and usual for the Right. The Republicans are without any moral standards in wanting to throw out the AHCA. Morally bankrupt. Their hatred of Obama blinds them to the greater good that will result for providing people with healthcare, including preventive health.
Wendy Wagner July 13, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I actually did not attend the Democratic state convention because of a conflict in scheduling I looked up Warren's info on Wikipedia and also applied some knowledge I have about how academic positions are hired. I once was a mom of two young kids and I taught part-time at colleges at the same time. It was a way to make some money and keep my credentials active. This happens a lot in academia in the less elite colleges. Warren's career path looks fairly normal to me. I can't quite figure out what Mann was doing in 1980 when they married, but certainly, her marriage to him would have given her more opportunities as a faculty spouse, but she wouldn't have gotten the higher status jobs without being able to do them. The key here is to know what she taught and how often she taught. It sounds likely that a woman with kids at home taught part-time. I used to work at a university with a law school (I ran the university-wide tutoring program, grad and undergrad), and our law school tutor was a woman with young children who also taught Legal Writing part-time.
Wendy Wagner July 13, 2012 at 03:39 PM
OK, so I've found Warren's CV and Mann's bio, and it seems clear to me what happened. Warren graduated law school in NJ and took a part-time job teaching while raising her kids. She and her first husband divorced and she moved back to Houston, where she had connections from being an undergrad there. Probably, it was also closer to her family in Oklahoma. At UHouston, she joined the law faculty as an assistant professor. No idea if it was a full-time job or not but it probably was. At the time, she had some teaching experience. She was an asst prof for a few years, then became an Associate Dean (probably in charge of some sort of student affairs aspect--many associate deans I know do things like run the student advising). She met and married Bruce Mann at this time; his Harvard bio says: "He has also taught as a visiting or permanent member of the faculty at the law schools of Washington University in St. Louis and the universities of Connecticut, Houston, Texas, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and in the history department at Princeton." Warren taught at many of the same places at the same time. Looks like at Texas she started as a spousal hire (Visiting Asst Prof) then worked her way into a full-time job. After that, she probably was a team with Bruce. A law school that hired one would know they'd get the other. This was common in the 80s in elite colleges. Really, there's nothing unusual going on. You can go back to criticizing her policy ideas now.
Emcee of Seekonk July 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
"Most in the Northeast look down on Native Americans, a little of our racism, perhaps, though we would deny it." Inflammatory and not true. The reality is Elizabeth Warren is a rubber stamp vote for Democrats. Out of all the Democrats in Massachusetts, one would wonder why she is this the best candidate the Dems could find to run for the Senate seat? A Kennedy would have had a better chance and might have done a better job. Obviously, I have no question for Warren because I don't care what she claims to stand for... it's is difficult to believe her, anyway.
Gretchen Robinson July 13, 2012 at 03:52 PM
fortunately, most in Massachusetts can and will make a reasoned decision about which candidate to vote for. Not everyone distrusts and disbelieves every word that comes out of her mouth. Must be kinda lonely for you, with nothing but your preconceived notions and hatred of change. I don't like Scott Brown but I watch his votes and his electioneering closely. I was willing to give him a chance when he said he was 'bipartisan' and cares for women and ordinary people. No, he's an ideologue and extreme in his views.
Emcee of Seekonk July 13, 2012 at 04:40 PM
"Must be kinda lonely for you, with nothing but your preconceived notions and hatred of change." Gretchen, your clichés and pat statements are tiresome and inflammatory. You will vote for your candidate and I will vote for mine. In effect, we will cancel each other out. Doesn't make you or I full of "hatred of change."
Gretchen Robinson July 13, 2012 at 04:42 PM
inflammatory, you haven't seen anything yet
Gretchen Robinson July 13, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Robert P. thanks for your thoughtful post. I agree that people need to think more and not stay in their emotional state where they are subject to fear. My condolences for the troubles in Seekonk, the acrimony, the nastiness. What a shame (some) people get vindictive. When will we ever learn (as a species)?
Emcee of Seekonk July 16, 2012 at 05:26 PM
In the Live Chat, Warren answered only about 8 questions from throughout Massachusetts... none appeared to be from this area. If you want to read a transcript of the Q&A, go to Mansfield Patch. The comment from a Bill Carson at the end is enlightening.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I put a copy of the recap on this site.
Gretchen Robinson November 10, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Jonathan, this person is spamming with his Coach outlet stuff. He/she's on every patch I've been to this morning.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) November 10, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Thanks, I banned all the user names doing the spam that I could find and have deleted the posts that I found. If you see any others, please email me.


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