Brown: Has criticized Warren’s earlier use of the word ‘‘nuanced’’ to describe the preferred U.S. approach to Iran, saying it was time to bring ‘‘severe pressure’’ on the regime. Says the U.S. should identify moderate elements within the Syrian opposition movement and aid them with weapons. Says he’s less concerned with the timing of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan than he is with ensuring that the enemy is defeated and that Afghan forces are prepared to take over security.
Warren: Says the Obama administration has already imposed on Iran the toughest sanctions in history and she would support making them even tougher. Cautions that providing lethal assistance in Syria could have unintended consequences and do more harm than good. Has called for withdrawing U.S. troops as ‘‘quickly as possible’’ from Afghanistan, perhaps even sooner than Obama’s current timetable.
Brown and Warren both support abortion rights, yet that has not prevented abortion and contraception from being a major flash point between the candidates throughout the campaign.
Brown: Vows never to vote in the Senate against reproductive rights. Says he voted against Supreme Court nominee Elana Kagan, a supporter of Roe v. Wade, because she lacked judicial experience, not because of Roe v. Wade. Says he wanted to protect the religious freedom of Catholics when he voted earlier this year to support an amendment that would have let employers deny health care coverage for services they say violate their moral or religious beliefs, including birth control. Opposes gay marriage.
Warren: Warns that if Republicans gain control of the Senate they could confirm a Supreme Court justice who would tip the balance against Roe v. wade. Criticizes Brown for votes against Kagan and for the amendment to allow employers to deny coverage for services that violate their moral or religious beliefs. Supports gay marriage.