6 takeaways from the second Brown-Warren debate

The debate last night was way better than the first one.. with a very good format by moderator David Gregory…. and more substantive back and forths… without the stop-watch dynamics of more structured debates..

And with strong moderation… cutting through…

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But who won.. hard to say.. if Scott Brown’s “nice guy” image is a decisive point for his re-election… he’s not helping himself… with the tone and body language.. being aggressive and assertive.. to the point of bossy..

And Brown’s voting record and support for Scalia… might tip the balance against him in very blue Massachusetts… where Obama is polling at +30 at the moment… and could secure a Democratic Senate majority after November..

6 takeaways from the second Brown-Warren debate:

6 takeaways from the second Brown-Warren debate

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Democrat Elizabeth Warren squared off in their second debate Monday night at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The 60-minute debate  hosted by NBC’s David Gregory wasn’t short on heated exchanges on many of the issues the candidates have been sparring over for months. Here are six takeaways from debate number 2: 

* “I am not a student in your classroom”: This quip from Brown will likely be the most talked about one-liner from the Monday debate.  After Warren listed the instances in which Brown voted against Democratic-backed bills, a back-and-forth ensued, as the senator tried to respond with a defense of his record. His line brought him some boos. For Brown, who is pitching himself as the likable candidate in this race, lines like this one could cut against the image he has carefully crafted.  

* Native American story kicks off debate (again): Just like in the first debate, Brown and Warren began with a back and forth over the Democrat’s claim to Native American heritage. Since the last debate, Brown has aired two ads on the matter, and Warren has responded with one of her own.

Polls show the issue isn’t hurting Warren on its own. Brown, perhaps recognizing the danger of overplaying his hand, made sure to mention the importance of jobs and the economy in the campaign before calling on Warren to release her personnel records to substantiate her claim that she has never benefited professionally from her heritage. 

* Brown mentions Scalia: When asked who his model Supreme Court justice is, Brown paused before naming Antonin Scalia, who hails from the conservative wing of the high court. As the audience reacted with gasps and some boos, he quickly named others, including Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Sonia Sotomayor (whom President Obama nominated). But the first name that came to Brown’s mind will likely be fodder for charges by Warren’s camp that Brown is too far to the right, especially given the state’s Democratic tilt. 

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6 thoughts on “6 takeaways from the second Brown-Warren debate

  1. When I saw that David Gregory was the moderator, he made up my mind not to watch it. Gregory should be working for Fox News, not NBC and or MSNBC. He is disgusting. Another thing, if all Brown can do is keep bringing up Warren’s heritage, then he’s just a bully like a good portion of the Rs.

    • Yeah.. Gregory is not for everyone….. but he pushed Brown more than Warren I think. Putting him in the worst light of the two.

      And Brown has nothing – other than the heritage and other cheap “elitist” swipes. It wouldn’t surprise me if he takes a dive after this.

      • Before this past debate, most of his adds on TV, was nothing more than Warren picking on him. But the ads or most of them was nothing him bringing up her heritage. Now that the debate is done, I’m afraid he is going to be more vicious, and more vitriolic.

      • Yep, you’re probably right. He might feel he has nothing to lose, or no choice.

        And she’s got lots more $$$ than him, at the moment..

    • Yeah agreed… that might have cost him a lot.. and seems like he didn’t denounce it strongly enough either… he’s a bit desperate for votes now..

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