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.

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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.

Bob Samson September 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Occupy provides waves for Elizabeth Warren Mayor Thomas M. Menino is vowing to block occupiers from digging in again at Dewey Square, setting up a potential high-profile showdown that could cause waves for Elizabeth Warren http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20220925occupys_planned_return_stirs_political_unease/srvc=home&position=1
Joseph Ress September 26, 2012 at 08:12 PM
JNagarya - You have shown the fouler side of your nature very clearly. Why not put aside the name-calling and try to reclaim your credibility (if indeed you possess any) and make a clear statement, rich in facts, but lacking vitriol. I notice that you are one of the very few that support Warren, so because of your tenacity in the absence of support, you are to be applauded. Joseph
rwylie October 02, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I think part of the reason Obama isn't more popular because of how far he was willing to go to make deals with the republicans, it was unbelievable! But the republicans wouldn't deal. They could've played Obama like a violin but they were too damn insecure, how much Obama was willing to be give away was again unbelievable, but the republicans could not do it. Any real politicians have got to be turning in there grave, any real politicians would've taken all Obama gave then took the credit for themselves. But those infants were too insecure or just not politicians. Make no mistake Obama's a moderate republican, Obamacare is a republican health care plan born and bred, a big payday for private insurance. But he's a hell of alot better than the other option. To get an idea of how insane this all is, think of George H W Bush, whose mother was the head( like chairperson of the board or something) of planned parenthood in Conn., (that means G W Bush's grand ma) they nick named H W "rubbers' remember? In the primary race against Reagan? H W was all pro-birth control, pro-choice, moderate republican? Un-fricken-believable. He could barely be a democrat now.
Geeza October 02, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The professor got schooled for sure! I felt like Brown maintained his composure, arguing with facts while the Prof had more of an emotional play (with a soft voice and puppy eyes). Brown was very clear in differentiating himself as an independent candidate and demonstrating that the Prof is an usurper who cannot be trusted. Full marks go to Brown.
John Champi October 02, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I'm a lifelong independent and as soon as Scott Brown named Antony Scalia as his judicial role model, my vote went to Warren. Antony Scalia-if he has his way, women would still be clerks doing the bidding of men.


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