Updated 10/11/2012 06:45 AM
Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren spar in debate
Senator Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren face off in Springfield for their second-to-last debate before the November election. YNN's Madeleine Rivera tells us what residents expect before heading to the polls.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- "In the long term it's going to be about making the right investments," said Democratic Senate hopeful, Elizabeth Warren.
She and Senator Scott Brown sparred on multiple topics Wednesday night in Springfield in an hour-long debate.
"By taking $450 billion of taxes out of the private sector and giving it to Washington to actually increase government spending, that's not the answer," said Brown in one argument.
They touched on jobs, healthcare, and higher education, disagreeing and criticizing each other on multiple points. It's a debate that only highlights the fact that the outcome of the race will determine a very specific path for the state.
"A vote for Scott Brown is a vote for the right wing agenda. So it's not just about Scott Brown, it's about his party and their agenda," said Sherwood Guernsey, former state legislator and founder of Berkshire Brigades, a pro-Democratic committee in Pittsfield.
"I think Massachusetts has too long been a one party state. It's time for a little diversity," said Patricia Davis, volunteer at the Berkshire County Republican Association.
Warren continuously accused Brown of cutting taxes for the wealthy. Brown defended himself, saying his record as state senator shows he's tried not to raise taxes for residents. College education was also a major point.
"Making the investments in education. Making the investments in research. We make those investments and we build a future," said Warren
"We passed a bill to keep student interests low. We did it by working together in a truly bi-partisan way to get it done," said Brown.
This is the second to the last debate before election. The next one will be on October 30th.