Brown, Warren Both Falter in 2nd Debate

Brown gets snarky; Warren fumbles on bipartisanship

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 2, 2012 7:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren faced off last night in the second debate of the pivotal Massachusetts senate race—and both candidates suffered some awkward moments, writes Glen Johnson in the Boston Globe. Republican Brown was booed after telling an interrupting Warren, "Excuse me, I'm not a student in your classroom." And Warren was on shaky footing when asked for a Republican she would work with as a senator. Her response: Indiana's Richard Lugar, who lost his primary and thus won't be in the Senate next year.

Brown hammered Warren over bipartisanship, emphasizing that he would be the first to work across the aisle, while carefully distancing himself from his own party. When moderator David Gregory asked about Mitt Romney, Brown avoided mentioning the former governor's name, Politico notes. Meanwhile, Warren offered what Johnson calls her best response so far to controversy over her Native American background. "I think character is how you live your life," she said. "I am the daughter of a janitor who ended up as a professor at Harvard Law School and working for the president of the United States."

Scott Brown gestures as he answers a question during a debate against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Mass., Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.
Scott Brown gestures as he answers a question during a debate against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Mass., Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Matt Stone, Pool)
Scott Brown shakes hands with his Elizabeth Warren prior to the debate Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.
Scott Brown shakes hands with his Elizabeth Warren prior to the debate Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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