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"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."
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.'"
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."
Memorable quipsOn 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."
Memorable quips"It's naive to think that we have the troops to send everywhere. Let's be clear who's naive."
Memorable quips"With all due respect, it's not the Kennedys' seat. It's not the Democrats' seat. It's the people's seat."
4 debates scheduled thus far