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Who Won the Brown-Warren Debate?

Incumbent Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren squared off in their first debate Thursday night.

Republican Sen. Scott Brown faced off against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren Thursday night in a debate televised by WBZ-TV. The Thursday debate was the first of four planned tilts between the candidates, and it saw disagreement between the two on just about every topic.

Polls have seesawed over the last week, with Brown and Warren swapping small leads, as they have throughout the campaign. The debates may provide one or the other an opportunity to change voter minds and swing the election his or her way.

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"He has said he will defend the top 2 percent and the top 3 percent...and will hold the other 98% of families hostage," Warren said, referencing Brown's position against extending the Bush-era tax cuts unless it also contained cuts for the country's top earners. 

Brown countered by noting that Warren's policies would raise taxes, on everyone, in fact, it's the "first thing she looks to do," he said. 

"And the criticism is that I don't want to raise taxes," he said. "Guilty as charged. I'm not going to raise taxes. I'm going to protect taxpayers' pocketbooks and wallets."

Who do you think won the debate? Did the back-and-forth change your mind about the upcoming election? Did the candidates answer the questions you had? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Anonymous September 28, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Well, maybe Brown did not support municipal workers, but he did support private sector workers like me who pay taxes and provide for those municipal workers. He can't stand for everyone and make everyone happy. Otherwise he would be another liar politician. But he is not.
Katy G. September 28, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Someone who posts as 'Sister' is implying that they are a consecrated member of the Catholic church. The church has its own standards for its members. I agree that what non-Catholics do, for that matter what non-clergy do, is none of my business. I don't want to pay for, or participate in, other people's life style choices. If they are none of my business, then don't make them my business by insisting that I pay for them. On the other hand, I am Catholic and I do have a right to tell someone who claims to be a nun to re-examine their stance if what they are claiming is entirely contrary to church teaching. The Vatican has gone after just such people recently as politicians and religious in this country and Europe have appointed themselves experts on the Catholic faith when they have no idea what they're talking about or they're outright lying.
Katy G. September 28, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Hey, "news' (Lorem Ipsum) are you comparing people of color to dogs? What a racist! No surprise to me. The majority of black people in this country don't support homosexual marriage, and they don't want to be dragged into the conversation as a tool of manipulation either.
Chris Schaffner September 29, 2012 at 02:17 AM
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.” - George Washington
Dadima Sheth September 29, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I have a topic that I would like the next debate moderator to ask both Brown and Warren to comment on. I the following plan would have Congress lead by example in cutting waste in Congress in Federal Government. I would like to ask both Senator Scott and Professor Warren to call upon the House and Senate leadership to lead in the belt tightening necessary to set our Federal Budget on the path towards fiscally responsible spending. Specifically, I would suggest a 10 to 15% across the board salary cut for Senators and Representatives. Moreover, there ought to be a 25% cut in their allowable expenses. Thirdly, I'd suggest scrapping Congress's benefit package to reflect that of the private sector. Why should they have the Cadallac of a health care plans while discussing slashing Medicare and Medicaid budgets so the average citizen's plan resembles a Kia. Finally, Congress actually votes themselves raises despite their dismal performance. If Congressmen knew that their probable pay increase was tied to a performance appraisal ,by say, the governors of the 50 United states, then this might help to reduce gridlock. In the private sector, employees are subject to 360 degree feedback -AKA you have to know how to work with other people to move up the corporate ladder. Just the opposite of what Congress has been doing. Like Paul Ryan, I haven't crunched the numbers on this but will ask my reps to do so.

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