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Who Won Debate—Warren or Brown?

The pair had its third meeting Wednesday night.

Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren met for their third debate on Wednesday night in Springfield, moderated by Jim Madigan. 

Possibly 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."

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." 

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."

Did you watch the debate? Who do you think won? Tell us in the comments. 

Chris L. October 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM
and 2 days ago he was in the lead. polls are useless. because tomorrow Brown will be back up by 4 points, depending on who you ask. I bet he's leading the Herald's poll...
Josh October 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Wasn't Martha Coakley leading Brown by eleven points 5 days before their election, according to the Boston Globe Democrat
Ben Jackson October 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Well, Dave - thanks for your insightful and though-provoking contribution to the discussion. Which, by the way, since you seem to be so hot on, you know, reading everything - was about who won the deabte. So, one might be forgiven for presuming YOU had read the topic and were responding to the topic when you said "Brown, hands down." I'll be sure not to presume you've read the topic and are responding in kind in the future. It was, to be sure, silly of me to have expected so much of you.
Dave Lenane October 12, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Well Ben....Seeing as how you always stick to topic...that means a lot! Hates to be called out on his failings. And always trying to get the last word in...especially when they know they are wrong!
Betsy boggia October 12, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Patty-as a victim also I could not agree more. He wasn't too traumatized to share this incident publicly in a book to be read by millions, but is too traumatized to make a private phone call to the DA"s office and share information about his abuser that might potentially protect and help others? It makes no sense to me and is a lapse to big to overlook.

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