Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren met in Springfield, Mass. for the third of four debates on Wednesday night, and for once, they weren't too mean to each other. What's perhaps even more impressive is that fact that Brown, now trailing in the polls, managed to make it through an entire hour on stage with this challenger without mentioning her Native American heritage. Is this a sign of progress, an indication that politics have finally evolved past superficial and sometimes questionable character attacks? Probably not. But it was a decent debate!
If you've been following the Brown-Warren race, you're well familiar with each candidate's talking points, especially when it comes to assaulting the enemy. Brown was quick to his pistols on the topic of education and accused Warren of being an overpaid elitist. He scolded her for making $350,000 a year as a Harvard Law Professor and insinuated that this is why we have student loan problems. "It's interesting: Kids are actually forced to go out and borrow money at a high interest rate. And they pay it to schools like Harvard, and Harvard actually goes and then gives a zero-interest loans to its professors," said Brown. "That's one of the driving forces behind the high costs of education." This is kind of a bad example, because Harvard actually covers the cost of tuition for students whose families can't afford it, specifically so that they don't have to take out loans.