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Five Biggest Moments from Third Brown vs. Warren 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. 

voicefromthehood October 20, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Well said Deanie. I don't know people say they candidates who say they will stand up for (fill in the blank - women, minorities, gays). I like a candidate that says he will stand up for all people. No need to constantly single out classes. By doing so, you effectively demean that class - as though they need extra protection. Treat us all equally and I'll be very content.
voicefromthehood October 20, 2012 at 03:58 AM
gjmacd 6:32 pm on Monday, October 15, 2012 whatever happened to separation of church and state? Vote for Romney if you want God to mandate your life... Even if its not your God... ---- The Constitution says that the government shall not establish a religion. I have not yet seen any of our Presidents even attempt to do that. The Constitution also states that the government shall not prohibit a person's free exercise of Religion. For all you tolerant people, you become very intolerant when it doesn't suit you.
gjmacd October 20, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Deanie, you post links from NON FACTUAL sources. Get with the program. "freedomoutpost.com"??? COME ON!!! Lastly on this topic... The Indian thing is a way for the simple minded people to be distracted by the shiny object. Its a non-issue which she didn't benefit from (go look it up...)... this is Brown's tactic... and he's losing the race because of it. He couldn't run on his record (or lack of) so he has to make shit up.
Monkey Man October 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Deanie, when are you going to move aout of your mom's basement?
Deanie October 20, 2012 at 10:26 PM
HAAA! Sorry...I'm all grown up with my own home! You have any kids at home that are over 21!! And for the comment about Warren's claim to be an Indian..I AM Cherokee, so let her prove it to ME! She is a Left Wing Radical & will not get my vote...PERIOD!

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