The race for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts between Republican incumbent Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren is supposed to be about serious issues: jobs, the economy, how to control the national debt. But even the most important elections get sidetracked by less serious issues — like the debate over how, where and how often to debate. And that's where the Brown-Warren race seems to be stuck right now.
So far, Brown and Warren have agreed to three TV debates. But when Victoria Kennedy, the widow of Brown's predecessor, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, proposed hosting a debate, Brown said he'd only do it if Kennedy promised to remain neutral in the race. It's hard to imagine a Kennedy remaining neutral, and in fact, Vicky Kennedy balked at the suggestions, so Brown declined the invitation.
John Caroll, of the Campaign Outisder, joins Radio Boston to help us make sense of the debate about debates.
- John Carroll of the Campaign Outsider blog and professor of communication at Boston University
This segment aired on June 20, 2012.