Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) told a reporter he wasn't sure that he could make his debate with Elizabeth Warren Thursday night, the first of their four highly anticipated showdowns, citing potential votes in the Senate.
But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took to the floor later to say there is no reason for the Massachusetts Republican to skip the event.
“We have no more votes today. No more votes today," Reid said, not long after the Senate took a step toward passing a stopgap budget.
"It’s obvious to me what’s going on,” Reid added. “I’ve been to a few of these rodeos. It is obvious there is a big stall taking place. One of the senators who had a debate tonight doesn’t want to debate. Well, he can’t use the Senate as an excuse. There will be no more votes today."
Brown told the Boston Globe that he was sent to Washington to vote, and he wouldn't bail on his responsibility. “If I can catch a 4:30 plane, I’ll hustle there," Brown said.
A Boston Globe reporter later tweeted that Brown was on his way to the airport. The Brown campaign has not responded to a request for comment.
CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Scott Brown as a Democrat. It has been changed to reflect he is a Republican.