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Thu November 1, 2012
Scott Brown Dismisses Debate Challenge from Warren
Sen. Scott Brown’s bus rolled into Milford the morning of Nov. 1 for a meet-and-greet and then he was off to North Grafton for a “Women for Brown” luncheon. He was joined on the campaign trail by Republican Richard Tisei, who is challenging John Tierney for his Congressional seat and by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who, like Brown is viewed as a moderate Republican in an increasingly conservative party. While Brown sought to keep the focus on the campaign and his supporters, I also asked about a new ad by the Warren campaign accusing him of ducking out of a final debate, which was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Brown said:
"Yeah, I don't think too much about it. Unfortunately we had a storm and people are still suffering from that storm and we only have a few days left, and I would love to debate. But while she's debating about debates, I'm going to be talking about why she wants to have peoples' taxes go up and have more government spending, and that's what this race is about. It's about taxes and spending."
The senator’s supporters showed up by the hundreds to greet his bus. One of his final stops was at VFW Post 88 in North Billerica. Brown, a colonel in the U.S. National Guard, is strongly supported by veterans in the state and dozens packed the hall set off from the main road.
Brown then boarded the bus for the next leg of his trip, which his campaign bills as a "Wakefield to Wrentham Statewide Bus Tour” in reference to his childhood home and his current residence, where the cross-state political journey will end on election night. Over the next few days he will travel from the Cape to Western Massachusetts in an attempt to hang on to his hard-fought Senate seat.