Republican Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.) and Democrat Elizabeth Warren traded barbs on two policy issues consuming Capitol Hill on Tuesday, just as a new poll showed the two in a dead heat in their Senate race.
Brown released a new radio ad touting his support for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and decrying the nation's $15 trillion deficit.
"If you bundled and stacked the debt into $1 bills, you could easily go to the moon and back — twice. Yet, there are still those who argue for more government spending paid for by higher taxes and borrowing," Brown says in the ad, part of a series of "radio reports" Brown is producing for his reelection campaign.
Just in case the nuance was lost, a Brown aide emailed to point out that the comment was aimed squarely at Warren.
"Budgets reflect our values as a country," Warren told The Hill in a statement. "The President put forward a balanced approach that gets serious about spending cuts, but that also invests in our future and makes sure that millionaires and billionaires don’t get an unfair advantage."
But Warren also launched an offensive of her own, telling the Washington Post she was shocked that Brown was supporting an attempt by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to allow employers to opt out of providing their employees with services they find morally or religiously objectionable.