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Downballot: Debates in MA and VA

MASSACHUSETTS: “Republican US Senator Scott Brown questioned Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren’s claim of Native American heritage in the opening moments of a lively high-stakes television debate tonight,” the Boston Globe writes. “When moderator Jon Keller asked if character was an issue in the race, Brown answered, ‘I think character is important. ... Professor Warren claimed she was a Native American, a person of color. And as you can see, she’s not.’”

VIRGINIA: “Virginia Republican George Allen became the latest Senate candidate to distance himself from Mitt Romney's claim that the 47% of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes think of themselves as victims dependent on the government,” the L.A. Times writes. "‘I have my own point of view, and my point of view is people of America still believe in the American dream.’”

WISCONSIN: Tommy Thompson (R) pinned some of the blame for him falling behind in some polls on Mitt Romney. “Thompson told a Madison TV station, ‘Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, if you’re a standard-bearer for the presidency is not doing well, it’s going to reflect on the downballot.’ Top Romney surrogate and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu struck back at Thompson, who has created friction between himself and the presidential campaign, by telling CNN tonight that Thompson ‘sounds like Barack Obama trying to blame it on somebody else.’”