Sen. Brown Refuses Kennedy Institute/UMass Debate

June 19, 2012 12:00 AM
Sen. Brown Refuses Kennedy Institute/UMass Debate
" BOSTON (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is refusing to participate in a Senate debate proposed by the widow of Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy after its sponsors said it was “inappropriate” for him to demand that she refrain from endorsing a candidate in the race.

Brown’s campaign manager, Jim Barnett, said the response by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and the University of Massachusetts-Boston shows the institute can’t hold a nonpartisan debate. Victoria Kennedy, president of the institute’s board, had invited Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren to participate.

“We respect Vicki Kennedy’s decision but we regret that we cannot accept a debate invitation from someone who plans to endorse Scott Brown’s opponent,” Barnett said, also describing the event as a “partisan Kennedy debate.”

“The Kennedy Institute cannot hold itself out as a nonpartisan debate sponsor while the president of its board of trustees gets involved in the race on behalf of one of the candidates.”

Warren had previously agreed to the Sept. 27 debate "

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