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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:52 PM

Vicki Kennedy rejects Scott Brown's proposed "sit down and shutup" offer...

Senator Scott Brown today rejected a debate proposed by Victoria Reggie Kennedy, after the widow of Senator Edward M. Kennedy refused his precondition that she not endorse a candidate in his reelection campaign against Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

“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,” Brown Campaign Manager Jim Barnett said in a statement. “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.”

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In a letter today to Brown and Warren, Lisa McBirney, chief operating officer of the Kennedy Institute, and Christopher Hogan, chief of staff in the chancellor’s office at UMass Boston, the other debate co-sponsor, made clear that Vicki Kennedy would not relinquish her right to endorse in the race.

“Given the goodwill and understanding of the nonpartisan mission of the institute that Senator Brown has thus far shown, it seems inconsistent that he would now attempt to restrict the activities of Mrs. Kennedy as a condition of accepting a debate that is co-sponsored by an organization with which she is affiliated,” McBirney and Hogan wrote.

“This non-endorsement pledge is unprecedented and is not being required of any other persons or entities,” they wrote. “To us, such a pledge seems inappropriate when a non-media sponsor issues a debate invitation. We can assure both campaigns that the debate will be fair, just as the one we cosponsored between Senator Brown and Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2010 was fair.”

http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2012/06/19/vicki-kennedy-rejects-scott-brown-proposed-condition-for-hosting-senate-debate/3v5TqFRQROeXuzzSMdlHyL/story.html

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Reply Vicki Kennedy rejects Scott Brown's proposed "sit down and shutup" offer... (Original post)
cynatnite Jun 2012 OP
Warren Stupidity Jun 2012 #1
msongs Jun 2012 #2
librechik Jun 2012 #3
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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:03 PM

1. brown is scared to debate. He'll rely on unlimited corporate dollars for ads instead.

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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:12 PM

2. so will democrats crank out the ads using this PR victory or keep silent? nt

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:52 PM

3. unless it's Warren, I suppose it's not that big a thing for Brown to refuse a debate--

however, what a chicken! What an insulting irrelevant cowardly apeman!

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:21 PM

4. So The Kennedy Institute Should Give Elizabeth Warren The Podium By Herself.....

and let her talk directly to the voters for the time period that the debate would have been. If Brown doesn't want to participate then it is his loss.

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