Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts debated his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren during their first televised debate on Thursday night.
After being questioned by the moderator over whether character was an issue in the Senate race, Brown attacked Warren for allegedly lying about her Native American ancestry.
“Professor Warren claimed that she was a Native American, a person of color and as you can see, she’s not,” he said.
In contrast, Warren described Brown as a “nice man” and implied character was not an issue.
The two also sparred over the issue of raising taxes on millionaires and creating jobs.
Warren noted that Brown had voted against the so-called Buffett Rule, which would have required those making more than $1 million per year to pay at least 30 percent in federal income taxes. She said that Brown was willing to hold middle-class tax breaks “hostage” if Congress wasn’t willing to cut tax rates for millionaires.
“I’m going to fight for every taxpayer. So once again, her criticism of me is that I’m not going to raise taxes, and that’s an accurate criticism,” Brown responded.
Warren attacked Brown for supporting the Blunt amendment, which would allow employers to refuse to pay for health insurance coverage of specific services if it would be contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions. She also attacked Brown for voting against the nomination of Justice Elena Kagan.
“Senate Brown has taken some good votes,” Warren said. “But Senator Brown has also voted against equal pay for equal work, Senator Brown is someone who jumped out there and cosponsored a bill to potentially block insurance coverage for birth control, and Senator Brown is someone who voted against a pro-choice woman… I guess the way I see this is the women in Massachusetts deserve a senator they can count on not some of the time, but a senator they can count on all of the time.”
Brown said the Warren should stop trying to scare women.
The full debate can be viewed at CSPAN.