Who Won Latest Debate: Scott Brown or Elizabeth Warren?

Held in Springfield, this debate focused more on issues, less on personal attacks.


Vital issues core to this race for the U.S. Senate — taxes, healthcare, soaring higher education costs, abortion, insurance coverage of contraception — were the focus of last night's debate between Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren.

And, of course, there were different views of which candidate accomplished the most in this penultimate debate. The final debate between them is scheduled for Oct. 30.

Who do you think 'won' last night's debate? Tell us in the comments section below.

Carolyn A. Gritter October 12, 2012 at 06:06 AM
How truthful was Senator Brown when he said he voted against Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Supreme Court because she lacked judicial experience? If Brown considers Justice Antonin Scalia his ideal justice as he said, it is puzzling why he did not value Scalia's opinion on the unimportance of judicial experience to a nominee's confirmation. Justice Scalia, an outspoken conservative, speaking on the subject of Kagan's nomination at the Second Annual Judge Thomas A. Flannery Lecture said, ". . . I am happy to see that this latest nominee is not a federal judge--and not a judge at all." When Justice Scalia went on the Court in 1986, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Justice Byron White, and Justice Lewis Powell had never been judges. Again Scott Brown voted lockstep with the Republicans who didn't want a woman or a possible pro-choice justice. Now he tries to obscure his partisanship with a rationale that wasn't even important to his model justice. Oh so often Brown's claims of independence don't hold water. He distances himself from his Republican label. He backtracks. He equivocates. He feigns bipartisanship when his voting record shows otherwise. Wouldn't it be easier to stop pretending he's someone he's not? Most voters respect honesty.
edward fleeber October 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM
dad or greg, get a brain, yours isn't working. just because Brown(nose) says 2+2 is 3 doesn't make it true. Fact can be looked up or made up.
x October 12, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Obviously voting in lockstep with Republicans is a mortal sin, but voting in lockstep with Democrats is a virtue... more taxes, more spending, and more regulations. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Eric Napoli October 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Carolyn your notions of what is constitutional much less free enterprise is highly suspicious. To say that we have seen adequate movement by the Obama admin. to deregulate domestic drilling is absolutely laughable. To suggest that there is nothing to be done domestically to greatly influence prices seems intentionally "naive" to serve your purposes. Have you heard of the drilling moretorium? Of the shut down pipeline? Regardless of where the U.S. oil refiners would sell their goods, the free market is about supply and demand. An increase in supply to any sector of the world economy will effect the world oil prices. We do have the ability to make a difference. I don't run lock step with either of there parties, but I wish Carolyn would stop trying to sound like she is doing anything more that touting the rediculous party line. Getting out of this is going to take a better intellect than one mind set will accomplish. All I know is that a gallon aof gas has gone up over 2 1/2 dollars in the past 4 years. Let's bring some sanity back to the conversation.
Carolyn A. Gritter October 13, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Mr. Napoli: When George W. Bush took office in 2001, the average price of regular gas was $1.45 a gallon. By June 2008, the price per gallon had risen to $4.05. By the end of his presidency, prices had fallen to $1.69, as prices fell with the tanking global economy. Surely you can agree that a global financial crisis is too high a price to pay for cheap gas. Still think oil-friendly presidents and oil-friendly policies can determine oil prices? About the Keystone XL pipeline, the president has approved a 500 mile section from Oklahoma to the gulf and has indicated he will green-light the rest of the project in 2013 after environmental and routing reviews are completed. Finally, the State Department has to sign off, and it hasn't determined the project is in the national interest. Hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas has upped domestic production, but many residents near tracking sites are calling for strict over site for fear of ground water contamination. Recently, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business asked a panel of economists whether they agreed with this statement: "Changes in U.S. gasoline prices over the past 10 years have predominantly been due to market factors rather than U.S. federal economic or energy policies." Not one person disagreed. Even N. Gregory Mankiw, Governor Romney's economic advisor and a contributor to the NY Times Economic View column favors gradually raising the gas tax to reduce demand and trim the deficit.


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