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Sen. Brown Refuses Kennedy Institute Debate

Calling it a "partisan Kennedy debate," Sen. Scott Brown says he won't participate in a proposed fall match-up against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

That's after the institute rejected Brown's conditions for taking part, including a demand that Kennedy's widow, Victoria Kennedy, "not endorse or otherwise get involved in this race.”

In a letter, the institute called that condition "unprecedented" and "inappropriate."

Brown's campaign shot back that the senator "cannot accept a debate invitation from someone who plans to endorse his opponent."

The Associated Press adds:

... representatives of the institute and [UMass-Boston] pointed out that newspapers and other media outlets routinely sponsor debates, and later endorse candidates.

Both organizations also sponsored a debate between Brown and Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2010.

The debate was to be moderated by longtime journalist Tom Brokaw.

Warren had already accepted the Kennedy institute debate invitation.

This program aired on June 19, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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