BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) – A debate between U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and her Republican challenger has been postponed so she can remain in Washington for a vote on the $700 billion rescue of the nation’s financial industry.

The congresswoman and Republican Jeb Bradley were supposed to attend a debate Monday morning sponsored by AARP, but the organization postponed it at Shea-Porter’s request. Bradley agreed to the change.

“Were disappointed, but certainly recognize the importance of dealing with the financial crisis facing our nation,” said AARP NH State Director Kelly Clark. “We are looking forward to being able to reschedule the debate so that voters can become better informed about the candidates positions on the vital issues that unite all of us in order to make informed decisions.”

Bradley is trying to regain the seat he lost to Shea-Porter in 2006. AARP hopes to announce a new date for the debate this week.

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