NewsNation | October 30, 2012
>> you, mark. massachusetts senator scott brown and elizabeth warren canceled their final debate for tonight as a result of hurricane sandy. in statements both candidates said going forward with the fourth debate would be, quote, inappropriate. it's after a new boston globe poll shows the race tied with brown slightly leading warren 45-43. you know there's a university poll out saying warren is up around 7 points. nevertheless there's a big shift from what you and what "the boston globe " indicated back in september.
>> yeah. i think you've seen the volatility of this race. the majority of polls are still favoring warren by a few points. they're all basically within the margin of error, and there's a little volatility there. both sides and a lot of political handicappers see warren with a little bit of an edge there. clearly it's within striking distance for both candidates, and i think that's the important thing that our poll showed.
>> let's talk about the decision, a mutual decision to call off the debate. we know at least one other debate between the two of them was in jeopardy due to business on the hill. it's very interesting, again, this final debate, and they have a lot of bad blood if you will between them. a lot of personal back and forth here. this is one of the hottest senate races that we will follow next week.
>> sure. yeah, i was all ready to cover a debate today. won't have it. warren has said she would like to go forward with a thursday debate, which is the alternate time proposed. brown has not completely ruled it out but says he does not think another debate is necessary. he doesn't think he's going to have time. he's got campaigning to do, he said. so he's definitely down-played the possibility for another deba debate. they've had three, but it's been a while. as we saw from the polls, there are still quite a few people beginning to pay attention to the race.
>> speaking of those people who are just beginning at the end of the race it to pay attention , what are the concerns some democrats have with elizabeth warren and the same with independents who are leery of mr. brown?
>> liz warren is trying to get out the democrats voting for obama to come out for her and make sure the turnout is big. obama is expected to win big here, and the question is how big? it's sort of like a point spread in sports. the teams the field may have one definition of winning and the betters have another. she needs a big spread here and brown needs a smaller spread. that's what's the difference in all these polls, the margin of victory there. brown is trying to make sure he cuts into her democratic state and really overwhelmingly pins independents, and he's doing well. depending on the poll he's doing very, very well or pretty well. all these things make a difference in a close election. but that's why he's been appealing to being a bipartisan figure and at the same time trying to undermine any strength she has by saying she has character issues.
>> thank you very much. great pleasure to have you on.