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5 Biggest Moments from 3rd Brown vs. Warren Senate Debate

Who do you think won the third match-up 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, such as 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 policies that are hurting U.S. families," Brown said, calling Warren a "hired gun" who earned thousands of dollars for representing large corporations 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.

Tamika Johnson October 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Though Brown had good moments, Warren took this 1, she was more clear with the path for America. Furthermore, when she talks about raising taxes what the President purpose her taxes would be raised also. I think these flip flop, not sure changing your mind constanty. Smart Americans will see through that and see that Romney and his supporters are a bunch of liars with no conviction.
Saber Walsh October 11, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Brown was right on about the cost of higher education. The White House likes to point at Republicans about the interest rate thing, but the joke is on us parents: the White House is charging 8% interest on Parent PLUS loans now through the Department of Education. When the government can charge students AND parents more for loans than some credit cards then we have a very, very greedy bunch running the show. I am sick sick SICK of the "class warfare" party line that Democrats have been taking as well as the "Republicans are Bad for Women" drivel. As a Catholic they could not have worked harder to push us away, which is funny given that almost every Catholic I know has voted Democrat for GENERATIONS. As an Independent this just drives me closer to a party that I abhor ideologically: I am not, nor ever will be, a PC Marx-loving Socialist Elitist Whackjob like the ones we seem to be hearing from all the time nowadays. As soon as the Democratic party can find the "center" again, I'll be back. But until then, Brown has the votes of everybody in my family.
Steve October 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Two debates are enough.
jones smith October 12, 2012 at 08:29 AM
Hey saber, what are you going to hold your wife's hand in the booth? Bull. (she's used birth control.) Get this, really. Nobody loves Marx. Nobody is Hitler. nobody is pro abortion. Some people are smarter than you. Just stick to whatever it is that you're good at and stop grasping at things you obviously don't understand. I know I have... I can't go to Harvard or make 350k a year. nor do I presume that I can understand, much less solve, the country's problems. But I can tell you're an idiot. You'll believe republican lies and vote for mitts magic underwear because your intelligence is simply not up to the task of bringing your consciousness to reside in reality. And that is a pretty low bar. Whatever- I guess I am an elitist. But what's the alternative? Put in charge? Is a retard really better than a smart person? For gods sake how? Ps. Duh, borrow money from George Romney to go to college. And good god you are dumb to put class warfare rhetoric on the dems when that fight was 100 percent started by whiny millionaires refusing to pay their fair share. You seem about smart enough to drive a ups truck, so what do you make, like 37k/yr ? Again I don't think you're residing in reality. just shut up and wait for death I promise heaven will be just like you always imagine...
Art Goldsmith October 12, 2012 at 08:34 AM
Every time congress ups education, Warren and her friends get richer and tuition goes up and student loans are higher, my kids and I had to pay this
Steve October 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM
There it is - the first mention of magic underwear and you show your total lack of class, intelligence and common sense. No need to dispute any of your other points, you have already lost all credibility.

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