(WASHINGTON) -- The first step towards winning a debate is showing up.
That almost didn’t happen for Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., on Thursday night as he was scheduled to face off against Senate challenger Elizabeth Warren in Boston.
At of 3:30 p.m. ET, Brown was still in Washington, held up by the prospect of late-night votes in the Senate on a continuing resolution to fund the government that needs to get passed before Congress goes into recess.
Brown said that he would need to stay in Washington and skip the debate if there turned out to be late-night votes.
That prompted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to declare that there would be no votes on Thursday night. As he did so, Reid suggested Brown was trying to use the Senate as an excuse to get out of his debate.
Following this, Brown was able to make it back to Boston in time for the debate.
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