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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.

Central to Thursday's debate was the focus on taxes, jobs and the economy.

"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.

Jay Walpole September 27, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Brown can not run in Massachusetts on his actual record ... so the smoke screen ... He makes up the crisis, angers the head of the Cherokee Nation and refuses to apologize. Lets take about Health Care, tough regulations on financial corporations that are too big to fail etc... If Brown had voted for the people of Massachusetts , that would be his lead story ... But his lead story is a racial slur and character deformation. Have you asked why he afraid to discuss his ACTUAL record?
Dan O'Neil September 27, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Sorry Heather. Meant to be @ Kerry. Too many damn comments lol.
Eve Viens September 28, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I want to know if this woman is legally licensed in Ma? It says every where not.....Even though she has an office in Cambridge and that is listed as her address on many her big cases in the past. If she is not legal what the hell is she doing on this ballet? Let's get some facts..
Janet Sroczynski September 28, 2012 at 02:09 PM
@Eve Viens - take a listen here below. I also posted the information on the Easton/Patch.com website at least 24-hours in advance, prior to the Q&A-question and answer session with Deval Patrick's photo pictured. WRKO regarding Elizabeth Warren - does she or does she not have a law license? Let's listen in with the link provided: http://audio.WRKO.com/a/63759190/michael-patrick-leahy-on-granny-warren-s-little-law-license-problem-htm Howie Karr show with Michael Patrick Leahy interview with Michelle. Listen to the part about "if Harvard University accepted $$$'s, then possible fraud" exists, due to a violation of Mass.Law. Then listen to the part regarding the welfare office. Check with the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. Harvard University offers Tuition Remission and Tuition Reimbursement, so Elizabeth Warren has no excuse there either.
Sinclair September 28, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Quote from the Mass. BBO: "Rule 5.5 of the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct states that an attorney cannot, without a license to practice in Massachusetts, "establish an office or other systematic and continuous presence in this jurisdiction for the practice of law." It also states an attorney cannot, without a license, "hold out to the public or otherwise represent that the lawyer is admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction." Michael Fredrickson, general counsel for the BBO, says he does not believe a law professor would be considered to have "a continuous presence" or "an office practicing law." "If they actually practice here - as some part-time law professors at some of the smaller schools do - they might," Fredrickson says. "But being a professor at one of the large schools, their office is a professor's office, and the fact that they tend to dabble in the practice of law doesn't run afoul of our rule. I don't think Elizabeth Warren would fall within that, such that she would have to register here."

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