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Vicki Kennedy refuses Brown guideline for debate

Senator, in turn, declines debate bid

Vicki Kennedy and Senator Scott Brown – representatives of the old and new guard in Massachusetts politics – reached an ­impasse in an escalating battle of wills Tuesday, all but dooming a high-profile US Senate debate in the fall.

The struggle between the two, who have had a tumultuous relationship, has become a sidebar drama in the Senate race between Brown, a Republican, and Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat and Harvard Law School professor.

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