As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the East Coast, Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said he will not be debating his challenger, Elizabeth Warren (D), on Tuesday.
Sen. Brown's campaign said Monday that the first-term senator will not participate in the fourth and final debate of the Mass. Senate race on Tuesday.
The campaign cited Hurricane Sandy as the reason.
Brown spokesman Colin Reed said, "The focus for all of us before, during and after the storm needs to be on emergency response and disaster relief, not campaigns and politics."
Before Brown pulled out of the debate, which was to be held in Boston, organizers ― including the Boston Globe ― had planned to continue the event despite the hurricane's impact.
Comments on articles, blogs and social media across the country consider Brown's move political. Many think he doesn't want to debate, as the polls have shown a very close race.
A comment on a Washington Post blog mocks the campaign's statement, saying:
"It's especially not appropriate if you are going to get waxed in the debate."