Brown Distances Himself From Romney's Comments

Brown reportedly said Romney's comments are at odds with his own view of the world.

In the firestorm ignited over GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, Sen. Scott Brown is voicing his disagreement with the former Massachusetts governor.

Romney made national headlines when a video was leaked of him at a fundraiser telling donors that that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government, feel entitled and will never vote for him.

Brown reportedly told The Hill -- a publication that reports about Congress -- that Romney's comments don't reflect his beliefs.

"That’s not the way I view the world," Brown is quoted as writing in an email. "As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in. Too many people today who want to work are being forced into public assistance for lack of jobs."

Brown is in a tight race for his Senate seat with Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Brown has distanced himself from many conservative views of various Republicans.

When Congressman and Senate candidate Todd Akin made comments about rape victims this summer, Brown -- a pro-choice senator -- was the first senator to speak out against Akin and call on him to drop out of the race.

Gordon Rowe September 19, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Grow some callunes Scotty
Ed Bertorelli September 19, 2012 at 03:19 PM
There are a lot different kinds of Republicans just as there are a lot of different kinds of Democrats- "one size does not fit all" despite the attempts of state Democrats to demonize Republicans generally and Scott Brown particularly.
Ben Jackson September 19, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Yeah, he says this, but he also criticized efforts from trying to register people on public assistance to vote: http://campaignmoney.org/press-room/2012/08/08/watchdog-slams-new-scott-brown-attack-voting-rights-welfare-recipients The two faces of Scott Brown continue to show themselves.
UglyHat September 19, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I think Brown’s concerns might have something to do with the fact that Elizabeth Warren’s daughter is directly involved with using public money to get people to vote? Talk about spin.
Ben Jackson September 19, 2012 at 05:21 PM
So offspring of politicians should be banned from using public funds to increase voter participation? Man, somebody should tell George W. Bush.
UglyHat September 19, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I think so. Especially in a district, and during an election that their parent is running for office. Don't you agree?
Ben Jackson September 19, 2012 at 06:16 PM
No, I do not. I think that public money spent working to increase participation in the voting process - especially in underrepresented populations - is a good investment.
UglyHat September 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I’m sure it is a good investment for democrats. Spend the people’s money getting voters in areas democrats believe will help them. And I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that she is doing that very important job in a district and during a time when her mother is running. What, they couldn’t find someone else to do it…someone without the conflict of interest, perhaps? I completely disagree that it is a good investment for America – and Americans. I do not want people who are too lazy, or stupid or both, to be encouraged to participate in elections. Registering to vote is one of the easiest things in the world. If someone cares so little about the future of this country as to not even try, I don’t want them involved.
Dennis Wilson September 19, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Brown bailed out on Akin; on the Republican platform on abortion; voted against Ryan's budget plan twice; he hid out during the Repub. convention and now he's bailing out on Romney. He's going to run out of Republicans to bail out on. Why doesn't he just make his life easier and declare himself an Independent?
Ben Jackson September 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
And there is the difference between the right and the left in a nutshell. The left believes in Americans - *all* Americans, and their right to participate in the system. The right believes that those whose lives are not as privileged as tehir own are too "lazy" or "stupid" to participate in the process.
Ben Jackson September 19, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Because then, all that Republican money (you know, the stuff that he says he's not beholden too) will go away.
TBH September 19, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Well, getting out the vote by any means is far preferable to suppressing it as the GOP backed Pennsylvania voter ID law has been specifically designed to do. Nothing like attempting to suppress the urban minority vote and hand Mitt Pennsylvania on a silver platter...
Dennis Wilson September 19, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Granted, the money would dry up. I hope that, after November, Jeb Bush, Olympia Snowe, Brown and some other folks form The New Republican Party. I hope they throw off the Tea Party, the extreme social conservatives, Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, etc. and create a new Republican Party that one can actually respect --- without having to hold one's nose.
Ben Jackson September 19, 2012 at 07:39 PM
While I may not agree with that party, I would surely respect it a whole heck of a lot more.
UglyHat September 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
More spin Ben. Nice try. The difference between right and left does not fit in a nutshell. I never said anything about their right to participate. Of course they have the right. And I’m not trying to suppress anything. I am simply saying that I would prefer an active, informed electorate over the ‘anyone we can find’ electorate you desire.
Joe Kane September 19, 2012 at 08:20 PM
You'd probably get a ton of Democrats who pinch their noses every time they have to vote or support the extreme Liberals in their party. Might be a good idea!!
breed59 September 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I believe the law states that people who a receiving or requesting public assistance should be given access to voter registration forms. That does not mean that the service should be conducted to send everyone who is getting public assistance be sent out a special mailing requesting them to register to vote. And it is also ironic that is being enacted just prior to a major voting period. I think they should send the voter registration to all eligible citizens to ensure that it is fair.
Deb Spence September 22, 2012 at 02:57 AM
We are left with such polarizing ends on each side of the political spectrum that a huge middle ground is opening up in both parties for a solid independent. But they will never have the money to compete. What we need is campaign finance laws that limit amount of money spent on a federal campaign


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