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Who Won the Brown-Warren Debate?

U.S. Senator Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren squared off in their first debate Thursday night.

Republican U.S. 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 percent 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.

Nancy September 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I am still undecided but got the impression that Scott Brown thought the debate would be easy and when Elizabeth Warren called him on his voting record, he got defensive. She had a clear, straight-ahead way of answering. He kept telling us that she was wrong. ????? But, I am still deciding.
William Harris September 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Elizabeth Warren has talking points and buzz words but no real answers or solutions. Clearly she hopes to ride the Obama coattails in the general election. Fundamentally she is a fraud. When asked a tough question she resorts to "I'm working for the middle class" or "that's what my Mother told me."
Chase Schaub September 21, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Brown was the clear winner. He came out strong and Warren was unable to defend herself. Scott showed character is important. He's an independent voice and undermined Warren's credibility even more.
kerstin locherie September 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Elizabeth Warren is a liar, plain and simple. She won't release her application to Harvard. Harvard isn't talking. She used her minority status to get in or to win favoritism with the veting process. She lied about her heritage. She's not a native american indian and I am surprised to see her walk all over native american indians by trying to get ahead on the basis that she was listed as a native american professor. Elizabeth Warren is a Liar. John Tierney is a Liar, a sneak and a manipulator of his wife and the fact that she got caught. John Tierney should be on American Greed. Obama is the only smart one, playing it safe and letting Romney make all the Gaffs. Between Biden and Romney, they belong together. I really wish that the Republican party or Independents could have come up with a sensible alternative to Obama. Really ? We as a nation can only come up with Romney, Santorum, or Ron Paul. We let the media choose our candidates and then we let them choose the winner. Yeah ! Great Country. People say we are the greatest nation on earth ! We keep blowing our own Horn while the rest of the world burns Obama's effigy in protest ? Am I missing something here ?
Carol A Mazzetta September 22, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Senator Brown is a winner in my book, GO SCOTT!!

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