TELL US: Who Won the Senate Debate?

Share your thoughts on Monday's debate.

Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren faced off in their second debate Monday night at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.

Brown touted his bipartisan record and attacked Warren on claims of Native American ancestry and legal work for corporations, painting her as an out-of-touch opportunist.

Warren cited her advocacy for the working class and attacked Brown for his votes against jobs bills, casting him as a politician for the wealthy and corporate interests.

The Boston Herald has the complete video of the debate.

Both candidates got their share of applause from the audience. But we want to know what you think.

Who would you say won? Did either candidate sway you in either direction? Were your questions answered? Discuss in the comments below.

JC October 02, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Why isn't anyone concerned with Brown's knee jerk reaction answer of Antonin Scalia to the "who's your model Supreme Court Justice?". That's an eye opener. Not the most fair-minded, bi-partisan choice from our so-called fair-minded, bi-partisan Senator. Sure, when the crowd started to boo he slipped in Kennedy, Roberts, and Sotomayor but he went straight to the most conservative Justice on the Court Speaks volumes to me. His "most bi-partisan" Senator schtick holds no water either, yes - statistics show he votes "across party lines" almost 50% of the time, but those votes are calculated. It's all part of the package in an effort to present him in a bi-partisan light. Remember, he won a special election 2 years ago - his party leaders have known he'd be running again soon. He votes with the Republicans on all issues of substance, Warren isn't making up his voting record - just look it up. He was weak on some simple, direct questions too very disappointing. Would not answer the "President Romney" question, would not answer the Mitch McConnell question, woudln't even answer the question about Lawyer/ethics after the accusations he and his campaign have dropped on Warren. And he's a lawyer himself. He's been nothing but a disappointment to me in this campaign - and he has stood with the Republicans, holding the rest of the country hostage over a potential 3.5% tax increase for the wealthiest 2% of the population. Just can't risk Republican control of the Senate.
JG October 02, 2012 at 09:03 PM
HEY JC... Do you really think Warren will be more Bi-partisan? Face it - you just want everyone to be a Democrat so they will think like you!
Mickey D October 02, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Very Tired, I did look it up, and you are wrong. Based on 2010 data from the IRS, in order to be in the top 5%, you would need to earn $159K not $105K as you suggest. With regard to whether or not one is "in the middle" would depend on what we are talking about, income or wealth. They are very, very, different. By definition, the middle class is the socio-economic class between the working class and the wealthy. When I hear intelligent politicians speak to high "wage earners", they use $250K as the threshold of "high wage earners" who should pay a little more in taxes for the greater good of this society. When we speak of wealthy, that is really accumulated wealth, not income. The balance is skewed now, there isn't enough money left for the middle class to support our "consumer economy" because the millionaires and billionaires keep taking more and more from us in the "middle".
JG October 02, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Well said Mickey.. The Dems are trying to divide and conquer. Unfortunately it works here in Mass but hopefully the rest of the country sees the truth...
Mickey D October 02, 2012 at 09:12 PM
JG, yes, I do believe that the good professor will be more bi-partisan. I believe that because she stands for the middle class, not the banks, not the oil companies. She wants to build our infrastructure and help our children with college all of which helps the whole country, not just the top 1 or 2%. She understands that trickle down down isn't how to build the middle class. It is built from the middle out!
Steve October 02, 2012 at 09:16 PM
We actually have 2 great potential senators here: Brown as a right-leaning moderate, and Warren as a liberal. I hate to vote against Brown because I agree with him that he is moderate and independent of the far right, but I think it is important that the democrats retain control of the senate so Obama's every move isn't blocked and his Supreme Court picks can go through. But either is a good candidate, which is a weird thing to say these days.
Mickey D October 02, 2012 at 09:21 PM
JG, it's not the Dems trying to divide and conquer. It is the Koch Brothers and the rest of the billionaires who aren't happy with a billion dollars, they need a billion and one! And yes, it is the Republican party who has tried to make this "class warfare". Uber wealthy who think they can buy this election by throwing more money around than the less fortunate. For the record, I am an independent.
Sean Ward October 02, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Mickey D, The middle class that Warren wants to help is actually the lower class. She has no interest in creating private sector jobs or enabling hard working citizens to earn their own living and bulid wealth for themselves and their own families. She is only interested in taking money from the people and organizations that earn it themselves and using it for programs that give it to those who don't. Banks, oil companies, General Electric, are all companies that employ 10s of thousands of people enabling those people to live off their own efforts instead of living off the public dole. She wants to take more money from them and hand it out. She is the most partisan democrat I've seen.
Kaneck Habletacker October 02, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Richard, the first stimulus was signed by the former president...so your theory that Obama's spending kept the economy solvent applies to Bush too, in the end...just saying. Also, his benevolence towards the oil companies kept the price of a commodity very low (compared to today's prices). Considering the ratio of dollars spent to economic growth percentage during Obama's administration, the trillions of dollars that Obama has spent has not been even nearly as effective as it should be. If Bush was so terrible and he left a horrendous mess, didnt we hand the responsibility of cleaning up to Obama? Undoubtedly, it is a responsibility that he has shirked, because the fiscal situation is the same if not worse than it was when he was elected. He has promoted his own liberal agenda, ignoring the real needs and values of the ignorant voters who elected him 4 years ago, while superficially appearing to achieve the contrary
Kaneck Habletacker October 02, 2012 at 10:14 PM
If a complete stranger tells you that he (or she) will give you FREE money, on the condition that you check the box next to his name on the ballot instead of the other guy, what is the average low income person going to do? The underlying principle of the entire Democratic agenda is to buy votes from people that they know wont seek out other options. It wouldnt matter if Obama shot a man on the White House front lawn. If he's giving a portion of the electorate free money, that portion will ALWAYS vote for him.
hammergjh October 02, 2012 at 10:53 PM
You can't be serious. My god.
Mickey D October 02, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Fox News must be so proud of you! At least try and have an intelligent discussion or is that beyond you?
john Clements October 03, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Her claim in being a minority is morally wrong. Her claim that she was a child who believed her parents is Intellectual Dishonesty since it wasn't a child who made the claim to get the benefit. The average person would have had the moral conviction to try to do what was right and would have inquired or was she just STUPID? We have more than our share of Stupid and Immoral Politicians. We don't need another.
john Clements October 03, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Absolutely!!! Well said!!!!
john Clements October 03, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Obama over the last two years was unable to pass anything as the House turned everything down. If elected again we shall have 4 years of nothing which we as a country cannot afford. The House will not change and if the Senate remains Democrat with a Senate Pres who refuses everything the House presents we will likely go over the cliff in the next Obama Administration. He will however blame Bush.
john Clements October 03, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Independent you say! Then talk like one. The Democrats were in power for years prior to the economic failure. Frank and Dodd should be in Jail. I would put Bush beside them since he did not close the border over his 8 years. How many terrorists crossed the Border???? Obama is a greater failure. We have only on HOPE.
john Clements October 03, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Gone4Now October 03, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Elizabeth Warren is a Hypocrite and a Fraud
Mickey D October 03, 2012 at 01:33 AM
John, What do independents "talk like"? Like they have brains and can think for themselves? Frank and Dodd should be in jail? Really? And the shysters that run Wall Street shouldn't be? How do you figure Obama is a greater failure? Because the republicans came out on day one and said their goal was to make Obama a one term president? Bush still deserves blame! For 8 years he mis-manged this country at the behest of his neocon handlers, let's take a look: Tax cuts we couldn't afford, squandered an inherited surplus, started an Iraqi war that was completely unnecessary by lying about WMD, ill-prepared and poorly handled hurricane Katrina, and a near-collapse of the entire US economy to name but a few of Bush's blunders (in spite of your baseless claim the democrats were in power for years prior to the economic failure). Yea, i'm an independent and this is how I talk, like someone who is fed up with the takers wanting more and more and more at the expense of those less fortunate. This is the richest damn country on the planet, there is no reason why anyone should be homeless, hungry or uneducated. We are better than this! Independent enough for ya John?
Richard Pasley October 03, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I don't worry about the average low income person, I worry about the average low intellect person. I worry for you.
Steve October 03, 2012 at 04:44 AM
I got a better idea. Let's elect a majority conservative senate and Romney. Then the country can start recovering. Brown won this debate and warren looked petulant. Go Scott.
Mickey D October 03, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Hard to see how returning to the same failed policy's of Bush's 8 year reign of terror is a "better" idea. The fact is the country is already recovering from that nightmare. Brown is a nice guy, no doubt. But he is in over his head. He can't think on his own 2 feet. His bi-partisan schtick is just that. he crossed the aisle on the easy votes, the votes that his leadership LET him cross the aisle on. When it gets down to the tough votes, he will be in Mitch McConnell's pocket. That you can bet on! Professor Warren looked like the intelligent, thoughtful, dignified person she is...anything but petulant!
Lisa October 03, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Scott Brown is an inarticulate embarrassment. His pick up truck is all he's got. He is not an independent. He voted consistently with the conservative republicans as Professor Warren showed with her citations of his voting record. Professor Warren won handily. Brown made that easy with his bullying, snide stupidity.
JG October 03, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Mickey, you constantly repeat every single talking point from the Democrats. Please, don't insult our intelligence - you are not an Independent! BTW - Bi-partisan means working with both parties, Elizabeth Warren will not work with the Republicans on anything- You know it and we know it!
Mickey D October 03, 2012 at 02:02 PM
JG, I am speaking to the issues that got us to this point in time and where we should be going in the future. Just because you don't agree with these positions doesn't mean I am not an Independent...just like Brown says he is independent. You can't speculate that Professor Warren will not work with republicans...you have nothing to base that on. Isn't it just as fair to say that no republicans will work with her? Just like they didn't want to work with Obama? At the end of the day we need people in office who have good ideas to move us forward as a country and quite frankly Brown hasn't really put forth any meaningful proposals other than to cut taxes and reduce regulations. And let's be clear, there is absolutely no empirical data that shows that lower taxes or less regulation will create jobs (look at the 8 years BEFORE Obama took office!). But leveling the playing field for all tax payers, having those who can afford to pay a little more do so, that will help us get our financial house in order, lower deficits, get more students help with an education, get people the health care they need, upgrade our infrastructure, and get more people to work to support more economic growth. And let's take a look at "talking points": -" The Dems are trying to divide and conquer" -"want everyone to be a Democrat so they will think like you"
Bill October 03, 2012 at 03:00 PM
100% correct. The Dem Party is a business model - they votes and money in return for giveways through entitlement programs and increased spending that benefit public unions. That is why they are pushing the Dream act and amnesty - more voter who owe them
JG October 03, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Mickey, if we use your logic then we shouldn't elect Tierney,Kerry and the rest of the Mass Delegation for they only do what Reid and Pelosi tell them and not one of them has every had a "good idea that moved our country forward". Face it Mickey, Warren is just another bleeding heart liberal. We already have enough of them representing us in washington. You do realize that over 60 percent of the registered voters in Massachusetts are NOT Democrats,right? I think it would be fair for the Massachusetts Independents, moderate Democrats and even those filthy Republicans to have at least one voice in Washington, don't you?
kerstin locherie October 03, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Any intelligent debater would know that Brown won the debate, period.
Mickey D October 03, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Perhaps remedial debate watching is in order then!
Header October 04, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Liz is the problem, not the solution. Just think how affordable college could be if moonbats like her didn't make $325k for teaching one fluff class. No wonder students are drowning in debt!


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