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Brown said he supported the amendment because “I am not going to be pitting Catholics against their faith,” and opposed Kagan because of her lack of judicial experience.

Brown also described himself as “pro-choice” and said he and Warren “both support Roe v. Wade.”

The candidates agreed on some foreign policy goals.

Both said Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime has to go given the thousands of individuals killed since the uprising began.

“The citizens there are being slaughtered,” Brown said.

Both also agreed Iran has to be prevented from developing nuclear weapons.

“It’s destabilizing to the world,” Warren said.

Brown at one point turned around one of Warren’s pet phrases, her assertion that the middle class was getting “hammered.”

Professor Warren, I suggest you put down the hammer,” Brown said. “It’s your regulations and your policies … that are going to be hurting middle class families and all classes of families in the United States.”

But the Republican also had some praise for Warren, commending her for helping create a consumer federal protection agency in Washington.

But when Brown then took credit for casting a decisive vote in favor of a financial reform bill, Warren quickly attacked him for supporting measures that would weaken the law and for accepting campaign donations from Wall Street interests.

The two also sparred on higher education.

Brown noted Warren’s nearly $350,000 annual salary as a Harvard Law School professor, which he said adds to the cost of education.

Warren replied that she went to public colleges — the University of Houston and Rutgers University — adding that the country needs to reinvest in higher education to help other students get ahead.

One notable topic that failed to surface was the controversy surrounding Warren’s claims of Native American heritage that led off the first two debates.

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