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Citing Sandy, Warren and Brown Bow Out of Final Senate Debate

Neither candidate felt it was appropriate to hold a debate Tuesday night shortly after Hurricane Sandy. The final debate may be rescheduled.

U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is in agreement with Sen. Scott Brown with regards to not having the debate Tuesday night.

Here is a statement released Monday night from the office of Elizabeth Warren on the debate: "Our focus over the next 48 hours must be on public safety and holding the utilities accountable for restoring power as soon as possible. Elizabeth believes that the final televised debate should occur, and we have contacted the debate organizers and let them know she would be available to participate on Thursday evening."

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Republican Senator Scott Brown won't show up to Tuesday night's final debate with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, citing Hurricane Sandy as the reason.

"The Scott Brown campaign today announced that out of concern for the hardship faced by people in the path of Hurricane Sandy that he will not be participating in tomorrow's fourth and final debate," said Brown Communication Director Colin Reed. "It is simply not appropriate to go forward with a political debate when a disaster strikes. 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."

Brown and Warren were 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, which had planned to go forward with the Tuesday event, according to boston.com.

peter October 30, 2012 at 02:18 PM
This is a challange for Elizabeth Warren...How will it look if she shows up???
Mark Ouellette October 30, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Hi Peter, This is a statement from the office of Elizabeth Warren on the debate: "Our focus over the next 48 hours must be on public safety and holding the utilities accountable for restoring power as soon as possible. Elizabeth believes that the final televised debate should occur, and we have contacted the debate organizers and let them know she would be available to participate on Thursday evening."

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