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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.

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"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.

Find all Andover election news in the Andover Patch 2012 Election Guide.

Richard McDonough September 21, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I listened, did not watch. I though he did a great job of eviscerating her and painting himself as a dem in republican clothing. How truthful? Hope to see a fact checked debate tomorrow. She would be a good senator and I do not like him but my ear said he won hands down.
mem September 21, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Elizabeth Warren, hands down.
maigre September 21, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Elizabeth Warren clearly won. She did better on all questions except the subject of college tuition.
Bob Samson September 21, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Brown
Mark A. Parsl;oe Sr September 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Are you all kidding with this. She is a HUGE hippocrite. She said her 1st job got her 18,000.00 a year-back in 1967. That was a damn good salary and now she and her husband do little to nothing for 750,000 + a year with no threat to losing the job. Lets get real she is totallly out of touch with most working folks Scott Brown tells it like it is and comes through in the debate that way-He won it
Kevin September 21, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Did I watch the same debate? It was the first time I have heard either of them speak, other than commercials, and I thought she was terrible. He was boring but she was just bad.
J SMEDLEY GLUTZ September 21, 2012 at 03:15 PM
SCOTT BROWN SHOWED THAT HE WILL NEGOTIATE WITH THE DEMOCRATS. WARREN SHOWED THAT SHE WOULD BE A SHRILL SCREAMER AND ALLOW THE IMPASSES TO CONTINUE.
Fancyboy September 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Warren is so shrill and such a screamer that she probably types in all caps all the time.
Bob Samson September 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Why wont Warren release her Harvard Records. Is she afraid to expose that she used minority status for personal gain?
vivian kane September 21, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Anyone above that voted WARREN should get your hearing and TV checked. !!!!!!!! Brown was all fact and figures he ansered EVERYONE of her statements and SHE answered none of his questions ...... NONE OF THEM!!!!!!!
inga knudson September 27, 2012 at 08:00 AM
I voted Brown last line. Not this time. If I vote, Warren earned my vote.

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