Elizabeth Warren speaks during a debate with Sen. Scott Brown in Springfield, Mass., Oct. 10, 2012. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) enters the 113th Congress with one of the highest profiles of any of the newly elected members, having spent years as an outspoken critic of the establishment when it comes to financial regulation.

But the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau struck a notably milder tone in an interview with the Boston Globe, even on the "fiscal cliff": 

She declined to describe specific tax rates and spending cuts she would endorse as part of a deal to avert the mandatory tax hikes and spending cuts that will take effect at month’s end unless Washington reaches a deal ... “I don’t know how to answer the question,” she said. “Let’s see what they’ve got.”

Warren has said she opposes renewing the Bush tax cuts on the top 2 percent of earners and supports eliminating some oil and agriculture subsidies, and she maintained those positions in the interview. The deadline to avoid the fiscal cliff is the end of the year, several days before Warren will be sworn in Jan. 3.