State: Final Brown-Warren debate will not be rescheduled, candidates take separate storm damage tours

A planned fourth and final debate in Massachusetts’ contentious U.S. Senate race will not be rescheduled.

The debate’s organizers said the debate, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed because of Sandy, has been cancelled because the candidates could not agree on a new date after being offered multiple options.

Brown’s campaign office said Tuesday evening that Brown’s schedule could not accommodate another debate.

Warren had agreed to participate in a rescheduled debate on Thursday. The debate had originally been set for Tuesday, but was delayed because of the storm.

“We had agreed to do four debates so when they changed the date on the fourth one, I said yes,” explained Warren. The Democratic Senate hopeful assessed seawall damage in Scituate late Tuesday afternoon.

However, Brown remained steadfastly silent Tuesday on whether he would participate in the debate. Brown made a stop in Quincy Tuesday afternoon, where he spoke with reporters, but refused to address the debate topic.

“I’ve already had three debates, we had two others that she [Warren] didn’t show up to, so obviously we’ve done debates,” said Brown. “But we’ve also got a schedule with limited time.”

Brown referred questions about the debate to his campaign, and late Tuesday a Brown spokesman said the campaign schedule could not accommodate the fourth debate, pointing to what he called a long-planned bus tour.

Earlier Monday, Brown had said there “certainly” would be a debate so people can hear where the candidates stand on “all the final issues.”

Listen to Trisha McNeilly’s coverage of Warren’s visit to Scituate, and Katherine Perry’s coverage of Brown’s visit to Quincy:

Also Tuesday a Suffolk University and WHDH-TV poll showed Warren favored by 53 percent of likely general election voters compared with 46 percent for Brown.

That’s outside the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.



WATD reporters Katherine Perry and Trisha McNeilly contributed to this story along with material from the Associated Press

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