BOSTON (AP) — Republican
Sen. Scott Brown is refusing to participate in what his campaign is calling a "partisan Kennedy debate" after sponsors of the proposed match-up with Democratic challenger
Elizabeth Warren labeled "inappropriate" Brown's demand that the widow of Democratic
Sen. Edward Kennedy not endorse 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.
In a letter to Brown and Warren, representatives of the institute and school 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.
Warren had previously agreed to the Sept. 27 debate.
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