Brown-Warren Senate debate canceled
October 30th, 2012
08:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Brown-Warren Senate debate canceled

(CNN) - The two Massachusetts candidates in a closely-watched and hard-fought race for a U.S. Senate seat will not engage in a fourth debate before Election Day, the debate sponsor announced Tuesday.

A final faceoff between Republican Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, was originally scheduled for Tuesday evening, a week out from the election.

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Both candidates withdrew from the Tuesday debate on Monday afternoon, as Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast. At CNN's last count, over 262,000 customers in Massachusetts were among the nearly 8 million without power as a result of Sandy.

Debate sponsor the Boston Media Consortium, which included several local and regional television, radio stations, and a newspaper, postponed the debate. But Tuesday, the consortium said the debate was off.

"The campaigns could not agree on a new date, so the debate will not take place," it said in a statement.

Brown's communications director pointed out in a statement that his candidate had planned a bus tour which will take him through election day.

"It is unfortunate that nature intervened in a way we all agreed made it inappropriate to carry on with the scheduled debate," Colin Reed said. "With only days remaining in the campaign, and with a long-planned bus tour kicking off Thursday through Election Day that will take Scott Brown to every corner of the Commonwealth, our calendar simply cannot accommodate a rescheduling of this fourth debate and the planning and preparation that would go into it."

Warren's campaign manager, Mindy Myers, also described the cancellation as "unfortunate" and blamed Brown for "ducking questions."

"It is unfortunate voters will not have the chance to hear from both candidates on the important issues facing Massachusetts. Elizabeth was working with the debate organizers to move forward on Thursday. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, Scott Brown is again ducking questions about his record," Myers said.

The two candidates canceled Monday campaign events, as did the presidential candidates and other candidates for the U.S. Senate.

The Massachusetts race been one of the most expensive races this year, and a week out from the election, polls find the two candidates are in a dead heat.

CNN Chief National Correspondent John King was to moderate the debate.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Elizabeth Warren • Scott Brown
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. g

    I hope Massachusettes run Scott Brown and his little green truck right out of town.

    October 30, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Bessy

    This is totally understandable. I think folks in their area have a few other things to think about right now.

    October 30, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. H.Ali Tosis

    Browned off by Warren?? Scott Brown, the UPS candidate. No he does NOT deliver on time but constantly pesters you with "What can Brown do for you today??"......just sayin'

    October 30, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. Mike in Texas

    It's one week until the election, if you haven't decided by now who you are voting for either 1) flip a coin or 2) don't vote. Seriously.

    October 30, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Elizabeth Warren is ahead in the polls.

    And Romney can't carry Michigan , Massachusetts nor California .

    Depending on what state Mitt calls home !

    You can't fool the people in your own neighborhood , they know when the lights are Flipping on and OFF !

    October 30, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. aaron

    It's fortunate for Scott Brown. Warren is way smarter and makes him seem like a caveman in comparison to her intellect.

    October 31, 2012 05:23 am at 5:23 am |