Speed Reads

campaign 2014

Democratic Sen. Shaheen avoids meeting Scott Brown face-to-face for N.H. Senate debate

Scott Brown, Republican candidate for New Hampshire's U.S. Senate seat and former U.S. senator from Massachusetts, appeared at Franklin Pierce University yesterday for what the Boston Herald reports was "originally slated as a Senate faceoff" — but Brown's Democratic incumbent challenger Jeanne Shaheen was a no-show.

"I am disappointed," Brown said.

In lieu of yesterday's debate, Shaheen launched "another trip around the state, this one called 'A Senator New Hampshire Women Can Trust' tour aimed at focusing on Brown's votes on abortion rights and other issues."

Shaheen has agreed to three televised debates with Brown, but has refused to participate in any more than that, including another planned debate next month sponsored by the Manchester and Nashua Chambers of Commerce.

The latest polls show Brown trailing Shaheen by four and a half points.