UMass Lowell, Boston Herald to Host Senate Debate

Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren to Square Off

07/25/2012


Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren have agreed to participate in a debate this fall sponsored by UMass Lowell and the Boston Herald.

David Gregory of NBC’s “Meet the Press” will moderate the one-hour debate, which will be held at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Monday, Oct. 1.

“We are excited to host this important debate between the candidates, especially because of the vibrant atmosphere that the Tsongas Center will provide,” says UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. “The event offers an important opportunity to educate and engage our students in the electoral process, as well as to bring the candidates to the people of the Merrimack Valley.”

Gregory will pose questions to the candidates. Students from UMass Lowell will also have a chance to ask questions. Students from other colleges and universities in Massachusetts will be invited to attend and participate, along with the public and other media organizations, including TV stations interested in airing the debate live. The public will also be able to take part in the debate via social media including Facebook and Twitter.

The debate will be presented through UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion, which sponsors events and independent, nonpartisan public opinion polls on political and social issues. Through its work, the center provides UMass Lowell students and faculty with a variety of unique, real world academic and research opportunities.

Last October, the center and the Boston Herald partnered to hold the first debate in the Senate campaign and featured Warren and five other Democrats seeking to run against Brown. At that time, UMass Lowell and the Boston Herald also sponsored the first poll measuring a potential Brown-Warren matchup and a subsequent poll in December.