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Setti Warren Defends Decision To Run Against Scott Brown

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Newton Mayor Setti Warren leaves a campaign event after speaking to supporters in Newton, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Newton Mayor Setti Warren leaves a campaign event after speaking to supporters in Newton, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

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NEWTON (CBS/AP) – Setti Warren says he fully expects to be able to balance his duties as mayor of Newton while also campaigning for the U.S. Senate over the next year and a half.

During his first campaign news conference on Tuesday, Warren defended his decision to challenge Senator Scott Brown after serving less than half of his 4-year term as mayor.

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports.

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Warren said if he found he was unable to balance the tasks he would “re-examine” his priorities, although he did not say whether he would drop one or the other.

Warren told reporters he had intended to serve his full term as mayor, but at the time he made that promise, he claims he never expected Brown to be elected and now he feels the interests of the state are not being served.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports.

Warren said he told President Barack Obama during a recent visit to Boston that he was considering a senate run, but said Obama did not specifically encourage him.

Warren’s first day of campaigning included stops in Brockton and New Bedford.

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