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Brown, Warren Go Head to Head in Third Senate Debate

Who do you think won the third matchup between Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren? Which moments stood out to you the most?

Senator Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren met for their third debate on Wednesday night in Springfield, this time each appearing more at ease and both with their best performances to date. 

Here are the five biggest moments of the hour-long debate moderated by Jim Madigan. 

Discrepancies in Higher Education
Brown's biggest moment of the debate was when he cornered Warren over the issue of the rising costs of higher education. Warren, a professor at Harvard University, noted that Brown voted against a bill that sought to keep student loan interests low, because it would have closed a loophole for millionaires. 

But Brown came back by saying the reason the costs of higher education are skyrocketing are because of administrative costs, like Warren's salary and benefits at Harvard. 

"Professor Warren makes about $350,000 to teach one course," he said. "She got a zero interest loan from Harvard and gets free housing and other perks."

Budget Battle
Warren and Brown differed on the ways they proposed to balance the budget. Warren said the government needed to take a "balanced" approach, which included the need for increased revenue as well as reduced spending. She said she would seek to keep taxes low for 98 percent of Americans by having the top 2 percent pay their "fair share."

Brown said repeatedly he would not raise taxes. On anyone. Instead, he said he would sell off all excess federal property and look for line-item vetoes in the budget. 

"I've never voted for a tax increase," he said. "We can’t keep borrowing 42 cents on a dollar to pay our debts." 

Middle Class
Another big moment in the debate was when the two candidates were asked about what they could do to help the middle class.

Warren started by saying the middle class has been "hammered" by an "army of lobbyists."

"When you talk about hammering the middle class, I suggest you put down the hammer beacuse it's your regulations and your policities that are hurting U.S. families," Brown said, calling Warren a "hired gun" who earned thousands of dollars for representing large companies in court. 

Warren, without missing a beat, said she was glad Brown brought up regulations.

"I went to Washington to fight for a new consumer agency to fight to make sure people didn't get cheated on their mortgages, credit cards and student loans," she said. "And that baby agency has already returned more than half a billion dollars to consumers who have been cheated, and I'll continue to fight for that." 

Women's Issues
Warren had her biggest moment of the debate during a question about how each would stand up to protect women's issues. Warren said Brown's record showed that he's had exactly one chance to vote for equal pay for equal work and for health insurance coverage of birth control, and voted against them each time. 

"Those are bad votes for women," she said. "The women of Massachusetts need a senator they can count on, not some of the time, but all of the time."

Closing Statements
At the end of the debate, each candidate had a minute to succinctly state the issues most important to them as candidates.

Brown touted his record as the "second most bipartisan senator," by noting he voted with his party just 54 percent of the time.

"We need to work together in a truly bipartisan manner," he said.

Warren said she saw two very different paths for the country.

"Brown and the Republicans want to cut the taxes for those at the top, and we let everybody else pick up the pieces," she said. "Everyone needs to pay their fair share, even millionaries." 

Who do you think won the debate? Which moments did you think stood out the most? If you were undecided before the debate, which way are you leaning now? Tell us in the comments. 

Tony October 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Warren won. Finally the debate was about issues and not wasting time with the non- issue about Mrs Warren's history. Mrs Warren was factual and accurate. Mr. Brown was opinionated and inaccurate.
yogasong October 11, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Definitely Warren in this one. She scored on facts and keeping steady. He got flustered a few times
Matt October 11, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Didn't you spew the same BS after the last debate, that's right you did! Your opinion is worthless! http://southend.patch.com/articles/who-won-the-brown-warren-debate I can't wait to see what that nut @JNagarya has to say, NOT..
David M. October 11, 2012 at 02:50 PM
It was a great debate because they could finally focus on the issues and their positions, rather than getting mired petty character assassinations. Professor Warren was clear and effective in her presentation. It was good to hear her point out that Brown had the chance to vote to put a superbly qualified Massachusetts canditate on the Supreme Court, and decided not too -- so much for him representing the best of Massachusetts! And if the best he could do was to point out that she was paid $350,000 to teach by Harvard Law School as proof that she is a hypocrite calling for more fairness in the funding and financing of Higher Education, he really comes off as an ill-informed, silly, grump. The salaries of the top professors at a pre-eminent Law School simply are not problematic "Administrative Costs", and it strains all credulity that there are potential Harvard Law students turning away admission because they cannot countenance paying the fees asked knowing that the likes of Professor Warren will get paid a large salary. Brown was simply once against banging on his tired and churlish "Warren is faud" theme.
Thomas Pierce October 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Warren proves again she will vote lock step with the democrats on evrything. If we truly want change we need someone who will truly negotiate and come up with solutions. All Elizabeth Warren says over and over is Brown is "for milionaires and billionaires and big oil". Such nonsense. And the majoiry of those "miliionaires and Billionaires" are small buisness that make $250,000. She is a buisness killer. And do you really think her and Obamas policies are working? HUge and growing debt, less and less growth every year, not to mention the middle east is burning.

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