Massachusetts Senate Race Sets Sights on Independent Voters

Massachusetts Democrat and candidate for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren traveled to West Springfield today to greet residents. Incumbent Republican, Senator Scott Brown, meanwhile, urged the Senate to pass legislation that would ban for members of Congress from using inside information to make financial investments. New England Public Radio's Anne Mostue reports.

It's become a fight for the independent voters of Massachusetts. Senator Brown is touting a bipartisan bill he helped sponsor, the so-called Stock Act, which is designed to stop insider trading in Congress. Elizabeth Warren says she, too, is a supporter of the bill.

"You know me, I would like to see it tougher. I don't think that Senators ought to own stocks when they could be making decisions that would affect the value of those stocks."

Both candidates are making appeals to independents, who make up slightly more than 50 percent of the state's voters and are historically an unpredictable bunch. Warren, who's on leave from her position as a professor at Harvard Law School, says she stands for working families. Brown pledges to earn back the public's trust in Congress. Stuart Hurwitz of East Longmeadow is an independent who watched with his granddaughter as Warren campaigned at the White Hut burger shop in West Springfield. He says he's impressed with her but hasn't decided yet whom he'll vote for.

"I vote for the person, not the party. So far I like what I hear and she's certainly in the running and making a strong showing so absolutely to be considered."

Already the targets of advertising funded by outside Political Action Committees, Warren and Brown have signed a pledge they say will discourage political attack ads by so-called Super PACs.