By Justin Sink
"I am glad Scott Brown has accepted my challenge to debate," Warren said in a statement. "My campaign has received a number of requests from all over the commonwealth, and we will be reaching out to the Brown campaign to discuss debates."
Brown has already floated the idea of one debate, which is being organized by conservative Boston radio host Dan Rea, who has been highly critical of Warren throughout the campaign.
The high-profile Senate campaign has been engulfed in controversy over Warren's ethnic heritage. Warren revealed to the Boston Globe last week that she told both Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, where she previously taught, that she was of Cherokee ancestry. Republicans have questioned that assertion, and Warren has not provided documentation that she has Native American ancestors aside from asserting repeatedly that her parents had told her as much.
But a poll released Saturday by the Globe revealed that 72 percent of all voters and two-thirds of independent voters say that the controversy over Warren's heritage will not affect their votes. That largely echoes other polling on the subject, suggesting the issue — which has dominated coverage in the race and drawn criticism from Bay State Democrats concerned over Warren's handling of the controversy — might not be earning traction among voters.
Still, even the slightest stumble could have serious ramifications in the closely fought election. The same Globe poll found Brown and Warren essentially deadlocked, with the incumbent senator's 2-point edge well within the margin of error. A Western New England University poll published Friday instead gave the Democratic challenger a 45-43 percent advantage.