Somerville, MA – Tonight, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren highlighted Republican Scott Brown’s record of voting against issues important to women. This moment was singled out by one reporter as one that “defined the night” and has drawn praise from political observers.
As she noted his votes against equal pay for equal work, against a pro-choice Supreme Court justice and for the Blunt Amendment - which would allow employers and insurance companies to limit insurance coverage for birth control, it became even clearer that women in Massachusetts cannot count on Scott Brown.
See the video here.
What They Are Saying:
- “One exchange in particular defined the night. Touting his record on women's issues, Scott Brown identified himself as pro-choice, referenced his wife and daughters, and said (as he had in the first debate) that he'd been fighting for women since he was six — a reference to his defense of his mother from an abusive boyfriend at that tender age. Warren responded, in essence: I believe Scott Brown is a good father and a good husband. But every time he's had a chance to cast a single, defining vote on issues involving women — whether it's abortion rights or equal pay — he's voted the wrong way. My paraphrased recap really doesn't do justice to the power of Warren's riposte; after she delivered it, Brown looked both disoriented and demoralized.”[Adam Reilly, WGBH,10/10/12]
- “Warren's specifics were stellar this evening, the best so far in this campaign. Brown did well enough to appeal to his base but she scored gigantic on women's issues.” [Anthony Cignoli, MassLive Live Debate Coverage]
- “Warren just floored Brown when she reviewed his less than perfect record on women’s issues, including reproduction rights. Her comment that women in Mass. deserve a senator they can count on all the time was devastating.” [Boston University Professor Tom Whalen, Boston Herald, 10/10/12]
- “Warren is just crushing Brown with her response on women’s issues right now.” [Garrett Quinn, Boston.com, via Twitter]
- “Warren’s answer on women’s issues perhaps her best in any debate.” [Kimberly Atkins, Boston Herald, via Twitter]
- “Warren’s best moment: Without question it was her riff on women”. [Boston Magazine, 10/10/12]
- “Warren making a very strong stance on Brown’s record on women’s issues. Noting he voted against equal pay for equal work, for the Blunt amendment, and against a woman for Supreme Court.” [Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe, 10/10/12]
- "Warren's strongest answer of the night came in response to a question about women's issues. Methodically dissecting Brown's voting record in this area." [Alan Schroeder, Huffington Post, 10/10/12]
- “[H]er goal was to highlight votes she said broke faith not just with middle-class voters, but women in particular. In perhaps her most polished answer of any of the tandem’s three debates so far, Warren aimed to accomplish both tasks at once.” [Boston Globe, 10/10/12]
- “[Warren] hit him for votes against equal pay for equal work and Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's confirmation, as well as his vote for the Blunt amendment.” [Julie Sobel, National Journal, 10/10/12]