Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren debate in ...
 
2:57
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Join us just before 7 p.m. tonight for Springfield's Senate debate with Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. MassLive.com will host a live stream of the event and a live chat here for readers to contribute their questions and comments.

Hours before the event, political supporters set up signs in the rain outside Symphony Hall, and Brown dropped a 30-second TV ad crafted especially for the Springfield. What the candidates say tonight could shape the rest of the race since both have used what's said during debates as fodder for attacks and advertising.

For complete Senate race coverage, visit masslive.com/massachusetts-senate-race.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 2:57 Mandy Hofmockel
5:16
RT @newspix100: Scene outside Springfield Symphony Hall for Senate debate #masendebate bit.ly/SQRcLP
Wednesday October 10, 2012 5:16 mandyhofmockel
5:37
Big night in Springfield with the Brown-Warren debate in less than 90 minutes. Follow @masslivenews for live stream & chat. #masendebate
Wednesday October 10, 2012 5:37 ed_kubosiak
6:01
Crowd at Symphony Hall is filling in quickly. Great atmosphere in the historic hall tonight. #westernma, #masendebate
Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:01 ed_kubosiak
6:13
Latest scene #masendebate #westernma outside Springfield Symphony Hall at Senate debate pic.twitter.com/4WOnpSZK
Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:13 newspix100
6:23
Elizabeth Warren parades with supporters outside #MaSendebate in Springfield pic.twitter.com/dieBpxBg
Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:23 RRizzuto413
6:32
Which topic do you most hope the candidates will address tonight?
issues relating to western Massachusetts
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jobs and unemployment
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women's issues
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health care
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taxes and the deficit
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bipartisanship in Congress
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Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:32 
6:44
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Welcome to MassLive.com's Senate debate live chat. For those following along on Twitter, search the hashtag #masendebate for additional conversation.
During tonight's debate you'll likely hear from our political reporters Robert Rizzuto and Shira Schoenberg as well as MassLive.com staff, including myself and Erik Gallant.
But we'd also like to hear from our readers. Submit your comments and concerns to the live chat and they could show up here.
After the debate stick with us for a breakdown of what happened with political analysts Ryan McCollum and Anthony Cignoli.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:44 Mandy Hofmockel
6:50
NARAL Pro-Choice America endorses Elizabeth Warren before #MASenDebate.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:50 shiraschoenberg
6:54
Shira Schoenberg: 
Western Massachusetts voters wish they got this kind of attention year-round. http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/10/western_massachusetts_voters_r.html#incart_river_default
Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:54 Shira Schoenberg
6:55
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Tonight's moderator Jim Madigan, of the local PBS affiliate WGBY, addresses the audience at Symphony Hall.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:55 Mandy Hofmockel
6:55
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan's asking the audience to keep it quiet during the hour-long debate.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:55 Mandy Hofmockel
6:58
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren take to the stage to audience applause before the debate begins.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:58 Mandy Hofmockel
7:01
Follow @cbs3springfield for live tweets of the #MaSenDebate in Springfield!
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:01 RRizzuto413
7:01
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan says there are more than 2,600 people in attendance tonight.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:01 Mandy Hofmockel
7:02
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan: What will you do if elected to support job growth?
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:02 Mandy Hofmockel
7:04
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Warren: Unemployment is a serious problem. Short term we have to put people back to work. In the long term it's going to be about making the right investments (i.e. in infrastructure and education).
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:04 Mandy Hofmockel
7:04
Shira Schoenberg: 
Warren starts out by criticizing Brown for voting against 3 Democratic-sponsored jobs bills. Here's the background on Brown's record on jobs: http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/09/new_scott_brown_ad_touts_vote.html
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:04 Shira Schoenberg
7:05
Shira Schoenberg: 
Brown says he opposed the Democratic jobs bills because they would have raised taxes
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:05 Shira Schoenberg
7:06
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Warren: Brown stood with the millionaires, not those who are out of work.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:06 Mandy Hofmockel
7:07
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:07 masslivenews
7:07
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan: Overall, what do we do about continuing health care costs?
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:07 Mandy Hofmockel
7:09
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Brown: I was proud as a state senator to work on our (Mass.) health care bill. The federal bill raises taxes and it cuts from medicare. I believe everybody should have health care.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:09 Mandy Hofmockel
7:10
Shira Schoenberg: 
Brown walking the same fine line as Mitt Romney: supporting Massachusetts' health care reform while opposing the federal Affordable Care Act. Brown says the ACA raises taxes, and the federal government shouldn't tell states what to do
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:10 Shira Schoenberg
7:10
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Warren: Brown's made it clear his first job will be to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:10 Mandy Hofmockel
7:11
Shira Schoenberg: 
Warren responds by stressing the benefits of Affordable Care Act - funding research, lowering costs for seniors.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:11 Shira Schoenberg
7:12
Debate is moving quickly and is focused over first 10 minutes. First cheers/jeers from the crowd on healthcare debate. #masendebate
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:12 ed_kubosiak
7:12
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan: What would you do to address the soaring costs of college?
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:12 Mandy Hofmockel
7:13
College debt question is next up ... question resonates with several in crowd near me. #masendebate
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:13 ed_kubosiak
7:14
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Warren: We live in a world where there is far to little investment particularly in higher education. I want to say that this is about priorities. Students are having to pick up more and more of the costs of student loans.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:14 Mandy Hofmockel
7:14
Shira Schoenberg: 
Factcheck: Warren attacks Brown for voting against freezing student loan rates. Actually, both candidates supported freezing student loan interest rates, but they disagreed on how to pay for the freeze http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/06/massachusetts_democrats_attack.html.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:14 Shira Schoenberg
7:15
Brown dings Warren on her $350K yearly salary at Harvard, cites rise in adminstrative costs as major factor in rise in costs. #masendebate
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:15 ed_kubosiak
7:15
Shira Schoenberg: 
Brown gets personal, tying high rate of college tuition to benefits like Warren's salary and the 0-interest rate loan she received as a professor at Harvard Law School
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:15 Shira Schoenberg
7:16
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Warren: I'm proud to have made it where I made it in my profession.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:16 Mandy Hofmockel
7:17
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Brown: We passed a bill to keep student interest rates low. We did it together.

Brown stresses bipartisanship.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:17 Mandy Hofmockel
7:17
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan: What should the role of the federal government be in education? How would you help local schools?
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:17 Mandy Hofmockel
7:18
Shira Schoenberg: 
Both candidates are sprinkling their responses with references to Springfield and Western Mass
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:18 Shira Schoenberg
7:19
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Brown: We have opportunities where local businesses are working with college-age students.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:19 Mandy Hofmockel
7:20
Shira Schoenberg: 
Brown criticizes unfunded mandates from state and federal government. Warren talks about the need for a strong federal partner and federal investment in education.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:20 Shira Schoenberg
7:20
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Warren: A good federal partner can put money into STEM. Looking down to even younger kids. We need to invest in headstart. We need to invest in our children.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:20 Mandy Hofmockel
7:21
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Brown: I've been working very hard to find ways to provide a good value for our dollar and stretch those dollars.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:21 Mandy Hofmockel
7:22
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan: To deal with the federal deficit, what are two federal programs that you would cut and two that you would work to protect?
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:22 Mandy Hofmockel
7:23
Shira Schoenberg: 
Warren would cut agriculture subsidy programs and the military budget. She would not cut Medicare or Social Security benefits.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:23 Shira Schoenberg
7:23
Warren targets cutting military spending, draws mix of cheers and boos from the crowd. #masendebate
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:23 ed_kubosiak
7:25
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Brown: When you talk about cutting military spending, we've already cut a half a trillion dollars there. I would sell federal property and repeal Obamacare.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:25 Mandy Hofmockel
7:25
Shira Schoenberg: 
Brown would cut Obama’s health care reform, sell federal unused property and give the president a line item veto. He would not cut military spending any further.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:25 Shira Schoenberg
7:27
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan: What do you mean when you say middle class?
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:27 Mandy Hofmockel
7:27
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Brown: I don't think it's a value issue. I think it has to do with income.
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:27 Mandy Hofmockel
7:27
Brown says military cuts will hurt Barnes and Westover locally in Westsern Mass. #westernma #masendebate
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:27 ed_kubosiak
7:27
Shira Schoenberg: 
Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren spar over this NFIB study http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/09/fact_check_scott_browns_calim.html of Obama's tax policies
Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:27 Shira Schoenberg
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