Reid: No votes tonight so Scott Brown can debate Elizabeth Warren

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, September 20, 2012 17:31 EDT
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday announced there would be no more votes so that Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) could debate his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

“I wanted to make sure that one of the senators who wanted to go to a debate would be able to do that tonight, so he can go now,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

Brown had told reporters that he might skip the scheduled debate with Warren on Thursday night if the Senate ran late.

But Reid made sure Brown had no excuse to avoid the televised debate with his progressive Democratic challenger.

“We have no more votes today. No more votes today,” Reid said. “It’s obvious to me what’s going on. “I’ve been to a few of these rodeos. It is obvious there is a big stall taking place. One of the senators who had a debate tonight doesn’t want to debate. Well, he can’t use the Senate as an excuse. There will be no more votes today.”

Brown has recently distanced himself from Mitt Romney following the Republican presidential nominee’s controversial remarks about “47 percent” of Americans. Brown said he still supports Romney despite his comments, an issue that is likely to come up during the debate tonight.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by SenateDemocrats, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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