She said she would oppose cuts to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, but is open to “technocratic” changes to Medicare that she declined to specify.
In a nod to Senate protocol, she declined to name the committees she wants to serve on, or even to confirm published reports that she has already secured a position on the Senate banking committee.
And if there are scores to settle after a brutal campaign — over how she was attacked as a wealthy creature of the Ivy League who unfairly benefited from her declaration that she is part Native American — Warren isn’t settling them in public.
“You know, it’s over,” Warren said, shaking her head and flatly refusing to talk about the campaign. “Come on. What’s in the rearview mirror doesn’t matter. What matters is what happens now.”
Warren said she has rested little during the past month, aside from a Thanksgiving trip to see her grandchildren in California. Instead, she has made “about a kazillion” calls to thank supporters, seek advice from friends and adversaries, and make pitches for committee assignments.
She has been to Washington a few times for orientation and an unsuccessful hunt for an apartment. And she has been shutting down her campaign operation and interviewing staff for what will be a smaller apparatus than her $42 million campaign, which had 130 employees.
She said she wants an apartment within walking distance of her Senate office, which, owing to her freshman status, will be in a basement building.
Bruce Mann, Warren’s husband, will continue to teach at Harvard Law School and remain in the couple’s Cambridge home, which will also be her primary residence.
Warren said she would have some regret about leaving the nation’s most prestigious university, but added, without a trace of irony, that her new job may also prove interesting.
“I remind myself that I’m going to be happy in the United States Senate,” she said. “I’m going to find things I love to do.”
In a meeting potentially fraught with raw feelings, Warren said she visited with Brown for 30 minutes in his Senate office in Washington last month, when she was in town for orientation. She said she doesn’t recall any talk of the campaign.
“I thought it went well,” Warren said. “I asked him a lot about the Senate, about what he did, about what advice he had, what surprised him most.”
With a slight chuckle, she said Brown continued to address her as “professor,” a title he seemed to use at every turn during the campaign and that rankled some of Warren’s supporters who saw it as a veiled charge of elitism.
Marcie Kinzel, a Brown spokeswoman, confirmed the meeting was cordial and focused in part on ensuring that constituent services are not interrupted during the transition. She declined to discuss other aspects of the meeting.
Warren said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has not called or introduced himself, although she heard him speak at a dinner for Senate freshmen.
Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, whom she has known for years through her work on banking issues, has been one of the nicest Republicans, Warren said.
Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who supported Brown, also called her after the election, an act she called particularly gracious.
The man who will be Warren’s senior colleague, John F. Kerry, would make “an extraordinary secretary of state,” Warren said. But she would not say whether she thinks the president should nominate him or Ambassador Susan E. Rice, who is said to be Obama’s first choice for the job.
Warren refused to speculate on whether Democrats could hold Kerry’s Senate seat if he leaves, a scenario that could create an opening for a Brown comeback.
“I’m not in the pundit business,” Warren said.