Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday she will participate in four televised debates with Senator Scott Brown and has already agreed to two, one with a consortium of media outlets in Springfield and one on WBZ-TV in Boston.
Brown, who had agreed to participate in the WBZ-TV debate, responded to Warren’s statement by agreeing to participate in the Springfield debate, as well. He also urged Warren to join him in two radio debates.
Both sides have been jockeying for days over the debate schedule.
Warren’s statement on Tuesday was the first time she had definitively agreed to a particular debate. Previously, she had said she wanted to sort through the many invitations she had received with Brown’s camp. But Brown’s aides refused to meet with her aides.
“It is of paramount importance that the people of Massachusetts be able to hear from both candidates for US Senate,” Mindy Myers, Warren’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “Televised debates will allow voters across the state to hear about the issues from both candidates and see the clear contrast between them.”
Brown has said he wants to participate in three or four debates, and has agreed to four so far: The WBZ and Springfield debates, and two lower-profile debates on WBZ-AM and WTKK-FM, which Warren has not agreed to.
“Today, he has accepted the offer to the Springfield debate, and hopes that Professor Warren will join him at the radio forums with Dan Rea, Jim Braude and Margery Eagan,” Jim Barnett, Brown’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “He will be there in-studio with or without her.”Michael Levenson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mlevenson.