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Senate debates since 1994

In an age of cellphone cameras and gaffes gone viral, political candidates are more guarded than ever. And while some of that caution has spilled over into debates, televised match-ups represent the best chance for something truly revealing. Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren will have plenty of opportunities: The pair has agreed to four televised debates, the most of any Massachusetts Senate race since 1996. As they head into the debate Thursday night, here is a look at US Senate debates of the past. *Denotes winner

Memorable quips
Televised debates
1994
Edward Kennedy*
Memorable quips
"Mr. Romney, the Kennedys are not in public service to make money. We have paid too high a price in our commitment to public service."
Mitt Romney
Memorable quips
"I was in Dorchester not long ago. Someone said, 'This is Kennedy country.' I looked around and saw boarded-up buildings, and I saw jobs leaving and I said, 'It looks like it.'"
Televised debates
2 debates
Key issues
Mandatory sentencing
Welfare reform
Foreign intervention
1996
John Kerry*
Memorable quips
"I know something about killing. I don't like killing. I don't think a state honors life by turning around and sanctioning killing."
William Weld
Memorable quips
On the death penalty: "Tell [the mother of a slain Springfield police officer] why the life of the man who murdered her son is worth more than the life of a police officer."
Televised debates
7 debates
Key issues
Welfare reform
Death penalty
Taxes
2000
Edward Kennedy*
Jack Robinson
Televised debates
0 debates
Between Edward Kennedy and Jack Robinson
2002
John Kerry*
Michael Cloud
Televised debates
0 debates
Between John Kerry and Michael Cloud
2006
Edward Kennedy*
Ken Chase
Televised debates
1 debate
Between Edward Kennedy and Ken Chase
2008
John Kerry*
Jeff Beatty
Televised debates
1 debate
Between John Kerry and Jeff Beatty
2010
Martha Coakley
Memorable quips
"It's naive to think that we have the troops to send everywhere. Let's be clear who's naive."
Scott Brown*
Memorable quips
"With all due respect, it's not the Kennedys' seat. It's not the Democrats' seat. It's the people's seat."
Televised debates
3 debates
Key issues
Health care
Taxes
National security
2012
Elizabeth Warren
Scott Brown
Televised debates
4 debates scheduled thus far

Patrick Garvin, Adam Sege/Globe Staff

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