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Elizabeth Warren's Inspiring Response to the Alexandria Shootings

The Massachusetts senator reminds both parties of their shared values.

Photo Credit: CBS This Morning / YouTube

While promoting her new book on "CBS This Morning" Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took a moment to acknowledge the shooting that took place in Alexandria, Virginia during a congressional baseball practice early Wednesday morning. 

"The passion that you feel for your position, the other side also feels the same passion, and they say part of the problem... part of the cause, rather, of this shooting was the heated rhetoric on both sides," said co-anchor Gayle King. "Do you think that the dialogue that we're having needs to be toned down on both sides? Do you think that contributed to the shooting that happened the other day?" King asked. 

"I think that we all have to take responsibility for what we say, but do understand, there's a lot where we continue to try and work together, [but it] doesn't catch the headlines in the same way," Warren said on Friday. 

Warren went on to detail two of the three different bipartisan bills she introduced this week: One, cosponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) would provide victims of terrorism with access to military health treatment; another, co-sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), would increase pay for enlisted service members. A third bill, cosponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), aims to protect military personnel from "revenge porn" through an amendment to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. 

"There was a time in America when the idea that someone working 40 hours a week ought to be able to support a family also appealed to Republicans and Democrats," Warren added.


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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