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October 31, 2012

Warren still calls for 4th debate against Brown

BOSTON - Leading in the latest Suffolk University poll by seven points over U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren yesterday said she still wants to debate Brown one more time, and suggested tomorrow night for the final matchup.

As of last night Brown had not directly responded to Warren’s suggestion.

“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,” Warren campaign manager Mindy Myers said in a statement.

The fourth and final debate was scheduled for last night, a week before the Nov. 6 election. It was postponed due to the lingering impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Brown was the first to withdraw Monday night, calling it “inappropriate” to proceed with the debate after the storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of residents and caused damage across the state.

Warren agreed that the debate should not be held last night, but offered to reschedule for tomorrow night.

A Brown spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment, and debate organizers said they were still waiting to hear from Brown’s campaign.

“There’s only a few days left and we have a very, very busy schedule,” Brown said.

Brown tomorrow plans to kick off a bus tour with Congressional candidate Richard Tisei and Rep. Don Wong, R-Saugus, in Wakefield. On Sunday, he plans meet-and-greet events in Weymouth, Waltham and Needham.

Warren yesterday had two public events, visiting flooded areas of Westport near Horseneck Beach and in Scituate. Brown, meanwhile, had a packed “Storm Relief Schedule” with seven events starting in the morning in Rehoboth with stops planned in Westport, South Dartmouth, Quincy, Newbury and Gloucester.

The Suffolk/7News poll of likely general election voters showed Warren leading Brown with 53 percent to Brown’s 46 percent, up from the 4-point lead she held over Brown in the last Suffolk/7News poll in September.

The poll of 600 likely general election voters was conducted Oct. 25-28 and had a margin of error of 4 points.

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