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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.

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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.

Mike Johnson September 24, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I was going to vote for Warren until reading JNagarya comments. What an idiot, period. Reminds me of the same libtard, back room theorists who brought us forced busing. This guy makes himself look stupid by trying to sound smart, and then insults everyone who disagrees with him, but states someone who uses insults is showing their true character. What an IDIOT.
ann September 24, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Mike... go ahead and do the right thing voting for Elizabeth... she does not think or sound at all like JN.... put him on ignore
Bob Samson September 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Anybody know anything about Warren not having a Law License in MA?
Mike Johnson September 25, 2012 at 01:04 AM
She does, its only recognized on the reservation and the casino!!!!!!!!!!!
JNagarya September 25, 2012 at 02:03 AM
See the name "breitbart"? Had he been honest, he would have spelled it "LIAR". Even teanuts know he was a fraud.
JNagarya September 25, 2012 at 02:09 AM
"Mike Johnson "I was going to vote for Warren until reading JNagarya comments." No, you were not. And you admit why: "Reminds me of the same libtard, back room theorists who brought us forced busing." You're a racist. "This guy makes himself look stupid by trying to sound smart," How about addressing the issues? You know, try to sound smart by attempting to refute the fact that Brown is overtly a racist, and a liar on his pro-life voting record? "and then insults everyone who disagrees with him, but states someone who uses insults is showing their true character. What an IDIOT." I don't insult everyone who disagrees with me. I do unto wingnuts as wingnuts do unto others, because wingnuts want done to them that they do to others. If you consider that insulting, then check yourself out: "libtard" is intended to be a compliment? But tell us: how many accounts do you have here so you can pretend you have freinds?
JNagarya September 25, 2012 at 02:10 AM
I dare you to try that libel on Warren's site.
JNagarya September 25, 2012 at 02:12 AM
"ann "Mike... go ahead and do the right thing voting for Elizabeth... she does not think or sound at all like JN.... put him on ignore" Why not lecture me on how to do law? Or how to deal with right-wing extremist thugs?
JNagarya September 25, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Are you proud of your racism?
Mike Johnson September 25, 2012 at 02:49 AM
The only racist on this issue is you. You throw the race card around about everything and claim to have supported civil rights. Todays civil rights leaders promote racism. Affirmative Action was reverse racism, where the best qualified did not get a job because of his/her race and Warren abused that racist program to get several jobs to include the one at Harvard, were it has been proven that she never would have gotten hired on her credentials as a white woman ( doesn't she look like a white woman). Put that in your racist pipe and smoke it.
BostonMaggie September 25, 2012 at 03:55 AM
The point of having affirmative action standards is to alleviate the damage done to minorities by prejudiced individuals or groups. In order to suffer this discrimination someone must make a judgement about you based on how you look - You may look like a woman; a jew; an Asian; etc. Clearly the only thing you could discriminate against Warren for is being a woman. There are American Indians out there who have suffered negatively because of their heritage. Warren dishonors all who support civil rights by taking a spot meant to ameliorate real suffering. It doesn't matter if she has native American blood or not. Clearly being native American has never been a drawback for her. I only saw part of this debate, so I didn't see this particular exchange. However, I get his point. She does not deserve to refer to herself as a "Woman of color" As far as past employers saying that her alleged heritage had nothing to do with her hiring......how could the say otherwise? Brown brings it up because it illustrates a sneakiness that some of us find offensive. It may not be a big deal to you that she checked that box, but it's a big deal to me.
JNagarya September 25, 2012 at 04:03 AM
There's no such thing as "reverse racism". So you oppose "race-based" laws. You'd oppose anti-lynching law based upon that premise? Do you have the slightest idea what you're talking about? "Warren abused that racist program to get several jobs to include the one at Harvard," That lie has been totally refuted by those who know the facts and have nothing to gain from the issue, which is why you fail to substantiate that lie. ". . . she never would have gotten hired on her credentials as a white woman" If being white is a "credential," then that would be racist -- correct? Or are you challenging her credentials as lawyer and academic -- credentials you are not qualified to evaluate? "(doesn't she look like a white woman)" I explained this in terms of history and law: because one appears to be white is not proof one is white, or "pure" white. But hard core racists such as you aren't concerned with fact and truth. Go back to "Stormfront" where your statistically insignifant crop of crackpots can spew your baseless racist hate undisturbed by fact and truth. And I hope "ann" can tolerate your unmitigated racism as somehow non-"rude".
BostonMaggie September 25, 2012 at 04:12 AM
JNagarya, This is not a Breitbart accusation. Elizabeth Warren admitted not having a license on the radio this morning. Bob Samson, When I heard this all I could do was laugh. It's surreal.
BostonMaggie September 25, 2012 at 04:19 AM
http://www.newstalk969.com/podcast/Episodes.aspx?PID=1466 Above is the link to the Jim & Margery podcast. right now it's the top choice. In the future, look for the 9/24/12 interview w/Elizabeth Warren (44 minutes long).
BostonMaggie September 25, 2012 at 04:28 AM
JNagarya, You really want to come on the Charlestown patch and tell someone opposing "forced busing" that they are racist? You're out here calling everyone names and how they should know their history. You admonish people to "know what they are talking about". But here you have revealed yourself to be the hateful and ignorant. Republican or Democrat; left or right; apolitical or political junkie we all suffered in some way under busing. While it's supporters went home at the end of the day to the suburbs. DO NOT come and tell us ANYTHING about busing and racism. Diane Miller 5h generation Townie
Bob Samson September 25, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Elizabeth Warren Admits She Is Not Licensed to Practice Law in Massachusetts Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/elizabeth-warren/2012/09/24/elizabeth-warren-admits-she-not-licensed-practice-law-massachusetts#ixzz27SKi9JkO
JNagarya September 25, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Calling a person a racist who isn't a racist is name-calling. Calling a person who is obviously a racist a racist is stating a fact. Racism is hatred.
JNagarya September 25, 2012 at 06:10 AM
The FOX sewer should be renamed "Republican Central". Not-so-by-the-way: Heard about the huge scandal in Britain engulfing Rupert "I Illegally Hack the Private Voicemail of Murdered Children" Murdoch? That's the source of the sleazy tabloid trash pumped out by the FOX sewer. Did you not hear Reaganite Roger Ailes, who runs the FOX sewer day-to-day, wouldn't watch the FOX sewer? What does that tell you of his opinion of FOX viewers?
JNagarya September 25, 2012 at 06:13 AM
The "only" problem with the following is that there is absolutely no substantiation for the smear against Elziabeth Warren, but there is refutation of it by those who know the record and Warren: BostonMaggie "The point of having affirmative action standards is to alleviate the damage done to minorities by prejudiced individuals or groups. In order to suffer this discrimination someone must make a judgement about you based on how you look - You may look like a woman; a jew; an Asian; etc. Clearly the only thing you could discriminate against Warren for is being a woman. There are American Indians out there who have suffered negatively because of their heritage. Warren dishonors all who support civil rights by taking a spot meant to ameliorate real suffering. It doesn't matter if she has native American blood or not. Clearly being native American has never been a drawback for her. I only saw part of this debate, so I didn't see this particular exchange. However, I get his point. She does not deserve to refer to herself as a "Woman of color" As far as past employers saying that her alleged heritage had nothing to do with her hiring......how could the say otherwise? Brown brings it up because it illustrates a sneakiness that some of us find offensive. It may not be a big deal to you that she checked that box, but it's a big deal to me." You only saw part of the debate -- so don't know what you're talking about. Brown showed he is overtly racist.
Bob Samson September 25, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Elizabeth Warren not licensed to practice law in Massachusetts Rick Moran Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/09/elizabeth_warren_not_licensed_to_practice_law_in_massachusetts.html#ixzz27SdDZu9u
Joseph September 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Warren's stance: "was a hired legal gun for a steel conglomerate trying to dodge paying health and pension benefits to thousands of retired coal miners." http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20220925miner_lizs_biz_hypocritical_warren_fought_for_steel_company_to_avoid_paying_benefits/srvc=home&position=0 Let me guess Angry Racist Progressive Liberal Lawyer - Another FoxNews prop piece? Keep those blinders you David Axelrod wannabe.
Bob Samson September 25, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Dem Warren never licensed to practice law in Massachusetts http://washingtonexaminer.com/dem-warren-never-licensed-to-practice-law-in-massachusetts/article/2508920#.UGGsvK5u_q5
Bob Samson September 25, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Warren 'Law License Problem' http://www.businessinsider.com/elizabeth-warren-and-law-license-2012-9
Bob Samson September 25, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Steel case shows Warren sides with big business Hypocrisy charges against Democrat Elizabeth Warren today for her work on behalf of a steel conglomerate in 1995, saying it contradicts her claims of being a champion of the middle class. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20220925brown_steel_case_shows_warren_sides_with_big_business/srvc=home&position=0
Bob Samson September 25, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Miner: Elizabeth Warren’s biz ‘hypocritical’ Warren fought for steel company to avoid paying benefits Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who has made fighting for workers a focus of her Senate campaign, was a hired legal gun for a steel conglomerate trying to dodge paying health and pension benefits to thousands of retired coal miners, records show. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20220925miner_lizs_biz_hypocritical_warren_fought_for_steel_company_to_avoid_paying_benefits/srvc=home&position=also
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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