WATCH IT HERE: Springfield U.S. Senate Debate – Brown vs. Warren
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB/AP) — Three debates down, with one more to go. The stage Wednesday night was Springfield Symphony Hall, as Senator Scott Brown and his challenger covered little new ground, but where Elizabeth Warren tried to tie the incumbent to Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
Before a capacity crowd of more than 26 hundred people, Republican Senator Scott Brown and his challenger, Elizabeth Warren, fought over who would be better at creating jobs. Warren faulted Brown for voting against a series of Democratic-sponsored jobs bills, saying, “Short term we should put people back to work with jobs bills. That’s why I was so surprised when Senator Brown voted against three jobs bills in a row that would have supported 22 thousand jobs here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
Brown said he opposed the jobs bills because they would have hiked taxes, adding, “When you put a title on a bill in Washington that says jobs bill, you have to read the bill and how it affects everybody else. And those bills in particular first of all were rejected in a bipartisan manner. That means Democrats and Republicans realized that by taking $450 billion in taxes out of the private sector and giving it to Washington to actually increase government spending. That’s not the answer. “
Warren said Brown would repeal the federal Affordable Care Act . “What Senator Brown is in favor of is getting a bill that right now helps seniors pay for prescription drugs, closes the so called donut hole. 11 thousand seniors here in Massachusetts are getting help paying for their prescription medications. There’s a lot that the affordable health care act does and a big part of that is to bring down health care costs”, said Warren.
Brown said he opposes what he called “Obamacare” because it also includes tax increases, saying, “The fact that we already have it here in Massachusetts and to think that the Federal government is really going to dumb down what we have here in Massachusetts where we have the greatest hospitals, doctors and nurses I think in the world, that’s not something I can support. “
When it comes to tax reform, Warren says she does not support ending the mortgage deduction for middle class families. Brown says he believes there needs to be a top to bottom review of the tax code that looks at every deduction.
And the two disagreed on the local impact on cuts to military spending. Warren said, “I’m prepared to get out there and fight for Westover, to talk about what the C-5 Galaxy means, how this is the place where we have these giant planes that take big troops, big equipment and are even used for disaster relief all around the world and that’s why there shouldn’t be a penny of cuts there.”
But Brown said you can’t have it both ways, saying, “You said earlier that you want to cut more money from military. Well, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t cut the military and protect the mission of the C-5s and the missions in Massachusetts, you can’t do both. “
One topic that failed to surface was Warren’s claims of Native American heritage that led off the first two debates.