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October 2, 2012

Brown, Warren face off in debate

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"Senator Brown voted to say he would let taxes rise for 98 percent of families in Massachusetts and 97 percent of small businesses, would hold them hostage unless there were tax cuts for the top 2 percent,” she said, pointing to a procedural vote Brown took blocking a proposal that would have extended the Bush-era tax cuts for most taxpayers while letting the rate revert to the 1990s-level of 38.5 percent for the top bracket.

Brown said that spending in Washington is out of control and that higher revenue would not solve that problem and would damage the fragile economic recovery. “I don’t want to raise taxes on any American in middle of a three and a half year recession,” he said.

For encouraging stronger economic growth, Warren said she would have supported President Barack Obama’s proposal last year, called the Jobs Act, to add jobs by funding more infrastructure projects and sending money to state governments to prevent the layoffs of public employees.

"Senator Brown voted in lockstep with every other Republican and we didn’t get a jobs bill,” she said. “It would have prevented the layoffs of teachers and firefighters across the commonwealth.”

However, Brown said reigning in federal taxes and regulations would spur growth, and those goals could only be accomplished by working with both parties. “We have runaway deficits each and every year,” he said. “We don’t need rock throwers or people who will leave blood and teeth in the streets. We need people to work together to find common sense solutions.”

"We need to get our fiscal and financial house in order,” he said.

Brown played up his independence, saying he voted with his party 54 percent of the time. However, he resisted answering Gregory’s questions about whether he would be a supporter of Mitt Romney if he wins the presidency, and whether he would vote for Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, as majority leader should the Republicans capture control of the U.S. Senate.

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