“Debates give you the real deal, candidate against candidate, without proxies in between to do the dirty work for you,’’ said Rob Gray, a veteran Republican political consultant. “Now we get to see the two of them in true light.’’
Both candidates head into the debate with some wind at their backs.
Brown has flooded the television airwaves with feel-good ads that have reinforced his image as easy-going, while making no mention of Republican affiliation.
Warren has come out of the Democratic National Convention, where she had a prime-time speaking spot, on a roll. Four of the five polls released this week show her edging past Brown.
But each campaign has tried to pose its candidate as the underdog, promoting the skills of his or her opponent in an effort to temper expectations.
“She’s representing Harvard now, has been there teaching, lecturing, and debating at Harvard,” Brown told reporters Monday. “She went to college on a debating scholarship, so I’m going to have my hands full. But I am going to work hard, as I always do, and make sure I can tell people the very clear differences about who we are and what we stand for.”
Frank Phillips can be reached at phillips@globe.