Elizabeth Warren, Geoff Diehl agree to three debates
Now that the GOP primary has settled who she will face in November, US Senator Elizabeth Warren is getting down to the business of debates.
Minutes after the state Representative Geoff Diehl was declared the apparent Republican nominee, Warren announced Tuesday evening that she will participate in three televised debates.
Diehl, through a spokesperson, confirmed he’ll also participate in the debates.
Warren accepted an invitation to participate in an Oct. 21 forum hosted by the Springfield Public Forum and a consortium of Western Massachusetts news outlets. On Oct. 30, a week before Election Day, she committed to participate in a debate in Boston hosted by WCVB, the Globe and the University of Massachusetts System.
Warren also agreed to a debate hosted by WBZ, though the timing is not yet set, according to her campaign.
Reached by phone, Holly Robichaud, a Diehl adviser, said the GOP nominee would participate in all three debates as well and was “looking forward to it.”
“It shows that Senator Warren is realizing that she has to start talking to Massachusetts voters,” said Robichaud.
In the primary, the three GOP rivals — Diehl, operative Beth Lindstrom and businessman John Kingston — participated in one joint debate. (For her part, Lindstrom showed up to four additional debates, although her opponents did not)
“The Republican primary debate process was a sham and, as a result, Massachusetts voters were robbed of real discussion and discourse on issues that affect their lives,” said Roger Lau, Warren’s campaign manager, in a statement. “We’ve accepted three general election debates because Massachusetts voters deserve serious policy conversations as the balance of the Senate is on the line. We expect our opponent to agree and look forward to debating in October.”
In 2012, Warren faced off against GOP incumbent Scott Brown in three closely-watched televised debates; a fourth was scheduled but did not happen.