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New Date Set for Senate Debate

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, Challenger Elizabeth Warren Face Off on Oct. 1 at UMass Lowell


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LOWELL, Mass. – Due to a potential scheduling conflict, a new date has been set for the debate at UMass Lowell between Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. The debate, sponsored by UMass Lowell and the Boston Herald, is now set for Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.
The debate was originally planned for Thursday, Sept. 27, but the U.S. Senate may be in session at that time. 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. WHDH-TV, NBC's Boston affiliate, will broadcast the debate live.

"I am thrilled to be moderating this debate in one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country. I don't think there is any better way for voters to take the measure of these candidates than to see them answering tough questions on the issues that people care about," said Gregory, who will pose questions to the candidates. 

UMass Lowell students will ask questions of the candidates from the audience. Students from other colleges and universities in Massachusetts will be invited to attend, along with the public; information on how to obtain free tickets will be announced at a later date. The public will also be able to participate via social media including Facebook and Twitter. Other media organizations, including those interested in airing or streaming the debate live, are also invited. 
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. Moderated by UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, that debate 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.
UMass Lowell is a comprehensive, national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 15,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, education, fine arts, health and environment, humanities, liberal arts, management, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers.

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