Elizabeth Warren open to compromise on deficit

Michael Dwyer/AP

Just one day after ousting Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown, Democratic Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren said she would look for ways to compromise with Republicans to find solutions to the deficit crisis.

“This is a win for America’s middle class. This is a win for every family that really has been hammered and shifted and squeezed for a generation now,” she said of her victory on NBC’s The Today Show, adding that, “I got in this race because those families need someone else in the Senate to fight for them and that’s what I’m going to do.”

When pressed about whether she was in the mood to compromise, Warren said she would try to work with Republicans on the nation’s fiscal problems, but reiterated the Democratic position that revenue increases must play a role.

“Sure, and that’s on the deficit,” she said. “I look at that deficit—$16 trillion—we’ve got to find a way to bring that deficit down and that means that we've got to both cut our spending and raise some more revenue, and I think there is lots of room for compromise in there.”

Speaking on CBS’s This Morning, Warren said, “I want to go to Washington because I want to help get something done.”

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Sophie Quinton contributed.

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