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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.

Neil September 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Scott Brown started the debate by attacking Warren's racial background and insinuating she used her background to get hired wrongly. Warren answered clearly and stated facts that made it clear it's a smear. I had read it all before so nothing was new. Scott attacks seem out of place and angry for a nice guy. They remind me of the attacks on President Obama to show his long form birth certificate. These issues are distractions. Scott Brown doesn't want to talk about his votes these last two years, nor what he wants to accomplish in the next six. Warren explained how her votes would be different than the votes Scott took and why. She made it clear she'd fight for families and small business, not Wall St and Big Oil
MaryR September 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I don't think I was watching the same debate as NEIL. Here is the short and sweet of it. Warren has done nothing to qualify for a State Senator. She knows nothing about the middle class and her message seems impersonal. The middle class people are people who worked themselves from the bottom. She thinks she can start from the top -as State Senator! Who is she kidding. It is below her to run for a lower office to get a better understanding and broader experience of how government is run. She comes across as a snob. Scott Brown is the real thing.
John Swartz September 21, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I thought the debate was pretty much a tie. Both did little by way of "debate" and instead continued to re-iterate their various talking points - rebuttal time was used to repeat the same points over again. I'm sure most people who are not on the fence believed their candidate "won" the debate, and undecideds are still undecided.
Dave G September 21, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I'm with John S on this one. I found myself rolling my eyes after hearing the same arguments repeated over and over.
quasimodo September 21, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Well, if the Senate Republicans had not refused to consider Elizabeth Warren’s appointment as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a position for which she was more than qualified, she would have had the experience you say she is lacking.
OldTownie September 21, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I'd like to work at a place with such large salaries for everyone. Must be nice. http://www.reporternews.com/news/2012/sep/20/neugebauer-questions-consumer-bureaus-about-its/?partner=yahoo_feeds

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