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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.

Susan Jancourtz September 27, 2012 at 02:56 PM
"Reverend"??? What kind of reverend says such things? This man posts his hateful comments on Patch pages all over the state. Get a job, sir (or madam), or do some volunteer work, anything to get out of the house and do something more useful than clogging up the blogosphere with your fact-free opinions.
Iron Mike September 27, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Ah Mz Jancourtz, you MUST be a Progressive Democrat - aka a Socialist like Pocohauntis Warren. OK, I'm just guessing - but you are TELLING OTHERS HOW TO LEAD THEIR LIVES! Are you not?
Anonymous September 27, 2012 at 04:03 PM
And we already have John Kerry who votes 100% Democrat. So why do we need another senator who will absolutely vote 100% Democrat?
Iron Mike September 27, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Actually, Lurch just votes for HIMSELF...for his own financial interests. Can you IMAGINE this lying 'squaw' making decisions on judges, ambassadors, intelligence and defense bills...
Chris Schaffner September 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
OK, I think I understand now. On Patch, Democratic politicians are either "career politicians" and "hacks" or they are "inexperienced" "community organizers". Republicans on the other hand are either "tireless public servants" or they are "independent minded business leaders".
Patricia September 27, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Alice, Those of us who have college age children certainly think Warren's salary matters. She makes over $300,000 for teaching ONE class while those of us in the middle class struggle to make tuition payments. But, she says she's fighting for the middle class - right....
Patricia September 27, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Yes
x September 27, 2012 at 11:31 PM
She’s not good enough for the country but she’ll do for our state. Warren conceived the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and was on the short list to run it. She was initially Obama’s darling, but he dropped her, and sent her back to Harvard. Massachusetts Democrats adopted the professor for the Senate run, pushing other candidates aside. Deemed too strident and divisive to pass Congressional muster, Warren is now the standard bearer for state liberals. She joins Joe Kennedy III in offering to lead us to a new version of tomorrow, the Democrat version. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
John Galipeau September 28, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Yup--I prefer a Senator who posed nude for a national publication. Amazingly, in this race that was the man. Let he who is without sin...
Sister Mary Kate September 28, 2012 at 12:26 AM
"Deemed too strident and divisive" by a Senate dominated by GOP Senators who who rather ban women's cancers screenings and mandate the teaching that Jesusrode a dinosaur?---They --like you---Fake Reverend---are hiding their racism, misogyny and general disdain for the poor behind a false cloak of piousness and Christianity---Brown voted for the Blunt amendment, against both women nominees to the Supremem Court, and for the Ryan budget, which would put lots of seniors and kids in the bread lines---This isn't Alabama, but maybe you and Brown should move there---They like your kind of people.
x September 28, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Ever been to Alabama? The state is gaining jobs and influence as Massachusetts languishes. A Massachusetts 'Bride of Christ' would be welcome there. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Frampton September 28, 2012 at 01:00 AM
What does the Bible say about stealing?
Katy G. September 28, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I prefer a senator who's served in our military than a liar who belongs to the party that is currently gutting our military. Maybe EW can party with Beyonce and JZ or run off to Vegas to party and collect money while our embassies burn and our ambassador is murdered. The only reason why democrats aren't ashamed to be democrats is because they're incapable of shame.
Katy G. September 28, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Reverend, I consider you an ally in faith as well as values. Please don't take this fake Christian's statements as representing those of other Catholics. "Sister," if that's what you are, you should be ashamed to support Justices Kagen and Sotomayor who both support abortion and the redefinition of marriage. The Catholic church is explicit in its stance on both issues. Kagen has never held a judicial position before being put forward for a seat on the highest court in the country. She doesn't belong there. She was an academic like EW and Obama. You must be one of those nuns that the Vatican is trying to censure for your weird leftist agenda. I know real Catholic nuns who wear habits and serve the faithful as well as their faith. You don't care about the poor or you'd realize that the liberal policies of the last 40 years have created more poor people in this country and robbed them of their dignity. If you were a real sister you wouldn't support a liar for public office. The devil is also called 'the great deceiver.' If you support a liar and cheat you should leave the church, you're worshiping at the wrong altar.
Chris Schaffner September 28, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Iron Mike - "OK, I'm just guessing - but you are TELLING OTHERS HOW TO LEAD THEIR LIVES! Are you not?" Katy G - "you should be ashamed to support Justices Kagen and Sotomayor who both support abortion and the redefinition of marriage." Who is telling who how to lead their lives?
Anonymous September 28, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Chris Schaffner. It's very simple. Women should do whatever they want with their bodies, but at their own expense, not at mine or taxpayers. And regarding same-sex marriage, people also can do whatever they want with themselves, but don't expect to be rewarded by society and taxpayers for behaviors not recognized as normal by most people in this world.
x September 28, 2012 at 02:39 PM
The question has been legitimately posed. How soon will people be able to marry their pets in Massachusetts? Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Iron Mike September 28, 2012 at 04:09 PM
And having married your dog, - then divorced it - which 'spouse' gets taken to the Pound?
Lorem Ipsum September 28, 2012 at 04:59 PM
A leap in logic. When blacks were given the right to vote did people say, "What next? How soon will pets be allowed to vote?"
Eagle! September 28, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Elizabeth Warren is a liar...this is the only thing her campaign has proven over the last 6 months and if you vote for her then you are supporting liars.
Iron Mike September 28, 2012 at 05:19 PM
She needs a membership in Liars Anonymous – except she's hardly anonymous anymore. EVERYbody knows she is either a serial liar or a pathological liar... Those who support and stand by her are called 'enablers'. They're not unlike battered women who live with their abusers – and keep making excuses for them.
Anonymous September 28, 2012 at 06:17 PM
she is also a serial cheater
Anonymous September 28, 2012 at 06:28 PM
A leap in your logic - mixing apples and oranges: race and homosexuality are 2 different things. Race is an attribute humans born with. Homosexuality is an attribute of choice of sick people.
Helen Sheth September 28, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Your very red neck is showing. Apparently you find it hard to talk in specific terms about the Brown stand on issues versus warren's stand on issues. I could be cute and dismiss Brown's aptitude for the job of US Senator from MA by asking, "What's the color of horse shit?" Answer: Brown, Brown, Brown! And where does the horse shit? All over town! " Brown can't remember some of his votes that prevented firemen, police. and other municipal workers being rehired. And that's no shit!
Helen Sheth September 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Fact is that the students in Professor Warren's courses rated her consistently very highly for her presentation of course material and also for her knowledge of the subject matter. You redneck guys just can't take women who can stand their ground on a factual basis versus an emotional basis. You rate women by how they appeal to you sexually as opposed to what they know. UPenn and Harvard would not have hired Warren if she didn't know her subject matter and no US President would entrust some neophyte with a newly created Consumer Affairs position. So Warren maybe could alter her non-verbal communication so she doesn't offput a certain segment of the electorate. Scott Brown is not perfect either. He is less than candid in discussing his voting record when he went against the interests of municipal workers whose jobs were cut due to losses in revenue due to a reduction in value of assed real estate and reimbursement cuts from state funds due to lower income tax revenue. While his office did respond to some of my emails on certain issues, they were non-resposive on the politically touchy ones.
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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