Sen. Scott Brown and his challenger, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, stepped out onto the stage of Symphony Hall to thunderous applause from the more than 2,600 people that packed the audience - an audience filled with Western Massachusetts voters as well as mayors and local politicians.
But the debate that took months to prepare took only moments to get started, as Brown and Warren sparred over issues like fighting for the middle class. Brown called out Warren for representing large corporations.
"You're one of the hired guns that actually went out and got paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight against the people that you're actually talking about," he said.
Warren fired back defending her work, saying it was in the interest of the middle class.
"I went to Washington to fight for a new consumer agency to make sure that people didn't get cheated on mortgages, on credit cards and on student loans," she said.
This debate is setting the tone for election day with each candidate taking strong stands on issues like women's rights and the middle class.
"Sen. Brown has had one chance to vote for equal pay for equal work he voted no, he had one chance to vote for insurance coverage for birth control, he voted no," Warren told reporters after the debate.
Brown defended his record on women's rights to reporters following the debate, saying the bills she's referring to affected people differently.
"We provided the care and coverages that women need and also provided the religious protections, the conscience exemptions," he said.
The two also sparred over tax cuts as well as military cuts. Warren wants to cut the military budget, Brown says he doesn't want Western Massachusetts air force bases like Barnes and Westover to suffer.
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