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Brown, Warren Both Drop Out of Final Debate

Both camps issued statements declining the planned exchange.

Both Republican Senator Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren bowed out of Tuesday's final televised debate, citing safety concerns surrounding Hurricane Sandy.

Brown's camp was the first to announce its decision, releasing a statement at 4:22 p.m..

"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."

Warren's camp followed suit at 5:57 p.m. with their own statement.

"Elizabeth believes the focus now must be on public safety and ensuring people get the help they need during the storm and in its aftermath. With the concern for public safety and cleanup paramount, Elizabeth believes  the debate should not be held tomorrow," wrote Warren Campaign Manager Mindy Myers.

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. 

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Jacob Ryan October 30, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I'm glad both candidates decided to cancel this debate, this also means the polls will stay relatively where they are now giving Ms. Warren an advantage.
Ellen October 31, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Elizabeth warren will OPPOSE any law that requires parental consent for minors on abortion. If you have daughters, you may want to consider these extreme views, can't imagine my 13 year old having having an abortion without us being aware of it.
x October 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Warren does appear to carry an edge, although it ain't over until it's over. More important is the national election. If Romney and Warren both win, then she serves as an ineffective backbencher in a slowly deteriorating leftist state... she will not do much damage and the moonbats will be happy. Obama's win would be a different story, although he did not consider her good enough to run the federal agency she created. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Nellie November 02, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Ellen - Some daughters are pregnant because of their fathers. Some daughters are pregnant and know that if they tell their parents will hurt them. Those daughters should not be forced to tell their parents simply because you're worried that your daughter wouldn't come to you in a time of crisis. Set up the type of relationship where she's comfortable talking to you, and you won't need a law to make her.
Wind Dummy 25 November 06, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Liz with all those skeletons in her closet? Why vote against an obvious, effective and Independent now proven Senator like Brown away from the people of Mass? That makes 0 sense.

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