Warren Wants to Debate One Last Time; Brown Doesn't

The Democratic challenger and Republican incumbent in the much-watched race for the Senate are at odds on whether the reschedule their final debate.


Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren wants to hold a final debate with Scott Brown after all — but it's not clear the incumbent Republican Senator will agree to it.

On Monday, both camps in the down-to-the-wire election cancelled a debate that was to have been held Tuesday night. They cited safety concerns surrounding Hurricane Sandy.

"It is simply not appropriate to go forward with a political debate when a disaster strikes," a Brown press aide said in a statement on Monday. "The focus for all of us before, during and after the storm needs to be on emergency response and disaster relief, not campaigns and politics."

Warren's camp followed suit shortly afterward on Monday with their own statement.

"Elizabeth believes the debate should not be held tomorrow," wrote Warren Campaign Manager Mindy Myers at the time.

But, at least for the Warren camp, that calculus changed Tuesday. Myers said the next 48 hours should be devoted to storm recovery. But after that? Game on.

"Elizabeth believes that the final televised debate should occur," Myers wrote in a Tuesday statement, "and we have contacted the debate organizers and let them know she would be available to participate on Thursday evening."

The Globe reports Brown does not want a final debate, though he didn't rule it out.

"We’ve already had three debates. I had two radio debates that she didn’t participate in," Brown told the Globe Tuesday as he examined hurricane damage in Westport.

Brown and Warren had been scheduled to meet Tuesday night in Boston for a live debate moderated by CNN's John King. The debate was sponsored by a group of Boston media outlets.

Neil October 31, 2012 at 01:18 PM
He just looks scared, and personal cowardice is unappealing in such a powerful official. Is anyone buying Scott Brown's excuse that his bus schedule i written in stone? There are five days to go before Election Day and Scott Brown can't spend 1 hour engaged in debate over the issues to earn a re-election and a six year term? He clearly feels he cannot beat her in debate and that engaging will only hurt his chances. What a long way he's come since last Friday when he bragged his four-wheel truck could get him and Warren to WGBH for tthe debate on Tuesday as long as the power was on at WGBH. Well, the power was on. Since then he has a bus to catch. I think skipping the debate hurts his chances more than going.
Stephen Smith October 31, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I had no problem with either of the candidates bowing out of the debate that was scheduled the day after the storm. Scott Brown though giving the reason for not rescheduling the debate by saying there have been enough debates is disingenuous. It is much more about the risk involved in taking part in a debate less than a week before the election. He has had one bad performance in the debates. I can understand in a neck & neck race why politically he'd want to opt out but don't say it's because there have been enough debates. When Bill Weld ran against John Kerry for the US Senate they had far move televised debates


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