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Warren leaves awkward first impression as Senator-elect

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Elizabeth Warren faced the press in her first availability as Senator-elect and her performance is leaving some a little baffled.

Senator-elect Warren appeared guarded in front of reporters and her answers were curt.

When asked about defense spending, she gestured to the governor to answer. The governor told her "defense spending is you." She laughed and replied, "Oh, that's mine. That's right."

Warren then said she felt the key thing is that "this should not be about across the board cuts."

Even Warren's answers to the non-controversial questions were short. Especially when FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti asked about her take on the women who turned out to vote for her and the all-female delegation in New Hampshire. Warren simply answered "I'm glad." When asked if it was surprising she would only say, "I'm glad that the women turned out to vote for me. I'm delighted."

Reporters continued to press her about the record number of women in the Senate, a question she handed off to the governor, asking him, "You want to try this?"

Gov. Patrick stepped up and responded to the question about the New Hampshire delegation.

"I mean, I think it's great," said Gov. Patrick. "I don't think that, I'm not gonna presume that women are gonna vote a certain way because they're women, but I think that having women in the body is a value because there are women in the electorate and you know kudos to New Hampshire."

It even took prodding to get Warren to answer a simple question about the historic number of women who will be serving in the U.S. Senate this election year. Eventually Warren did give a thoughtful answer, even if it took a while.

"Let's get serious here," she said. "This is 2012 and we're talking about 20-percent of the U.S. Senate will be all female. That's not an overwhelming number yet. I don't have to remind anyone in this room women are half the population. So I think we're on the right trajectory, but there's still a lot of work to do."

Warren kept it close to the vest when asked about the possibility of Senator John Kerry being appointed Secretary of State.

"Senator Kerry is an enormously talented man and a dedicated public servant," said Warren. "I have no doubt that he would make an extraordinary Secretary of State, but he right now is making tremendous contributions to our country through his work in the U.S. Senate."

When Sacchetti asked who she would like to see serve with her in the Senate should Kerry be appointed Secretary of State, she responded "You've really got to be kidding."

"You don't want to take that?" asked Gov. Patrick.

"Are you kidding?" responded Warren.

Warren wouldn't give the media details on which committees she'd like to serve on, and offered few details on what she would do to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff."

Now that the election is over, Warren conceded that she is trying to show restraint in talking about some issues. She says even as a candidate, she was a lot more discrete than she was in real life. On Thursday afternoon her campaign called FOX 25 to say she was just tired.

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