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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 Senator 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.

Central to Thursday's debate was the focus on taxes, jobs and the economy.

"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.

Gloria davis September 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Warren won
Bill September 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM
We are all winners when Warren wears her snappy red jacket. She never takes that thing off..it is her money jacket. You would think someone firmly in the 1% would have the means to buy another jacket. Hard to pick a winner when each said exactly what you would expect them to and basically just spouted the same talking points from their ads and campaign appearances. No news.
Fran Wilson September 21, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Warren represents what my values are towards those "47%". Brown is all about the Koch brothers and the anti -tax boys.Cut back on those nasty food stamps that feed hungry children to ensure the fat cats get fatter. She won! All of his TV ads are about praise from Democrats, not about his Republican votes or his Republican commitment to starve "entitlements" to feed the 1% beast. He is all "frat boy" attack and no substance regarding his "vote with the boys" attitudes.
gene September 21, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Interesting how Brown, the incumbent, started off by attacking Warren and not standing on his record. It is also interesting that Warren could have answered the ancestry question by questioning Brown on his comments about conferring with Kings and Queens - but she didn't. She took the high road. She made Brown's record the issues, as it should be. How can Scott Brown say he is the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee when he's only been in the Senate for 2 years and is in the minority party?
PJ September 21, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I thought this was one of the best televised debates I'd ever seen. The rules were reasonable and the candidates were allowed to engage each other directly. I thought it revealed the weaknesses of both candidates. It also reminded me how difficult it is to truly evaluate whether an elected representative "should" have voted for/against a particular piece of legislation-- a pro jobs rep may vote against a particular jobs bill that contains tax increases they oppose. Brown's insistence on a comprehensive energy policy vs. just beating up the oil companies has a logic-- I don't happen to agree with him but I respected the point he was trying to make. Both candidates are articulate, thoughtful, intelligent and in my opinion, would represent us well. There are clear differences and the thoughtful voter should be able to make their choice based on this one debate alone-- it will be interesting to see if the others are as informative. I am proud to live in a state that generated these two candidates and could show the country a civilized way to discuss the issues. So much more helpful to voters than mud-slinging ads and revival convention speeches that deliberately exaggerate and inflame people. Not that there weren't some spin attempts by both candidates last night-- there certainly were-- but they were obvious.


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