March 12th, 2010
12:21 PM ET
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Brown to deliver GOP weekly response

Sen. Scott Brown will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's weekly address.
Sen. Scott Brown will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's weekly address.

Washington (CNN) – Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, whose opposition to Democratic efforts to overhaul health care reform helped fuel his special election victory earlier this year, will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's weekly address, CNN has learned.

Brown will talk about health care and the economy, said a source familiar with the address, who asked not to be named. Republican leaders will announce later in the day that Brown will deliver the speech, which usually follows Obama's weekly radio and YouTube address.

Brown is a logical choice for GOP leaders as Congress is headed for showdown on health care reform. His victory in the January special election for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat provided Republicans with the crucial 41st vote that allows the GOP to maintain a filibuster against Democratic-led legislation.


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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And so it begins..... They are trying to make Brown the new face of evil.

    March 12, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Great , get the new guy to share his experience , strength and Spin !

    Doesn't the GOP have any other young dump and full of themselves headliners?

    March 12, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Dieter Zerressen

    I hope he'll recreate his Cosmo pose during address (or is it undress?) although I'm not really impressed with any man who can hide his junk with just one hand!

    March 12, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Tommy P

    I wonder if this former nude model will tell us all about the great Republican plan to fix healthcare that they never introduced ONCE while they were in power?

    March 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. David in Dallas

    Will he deliver it in the nude?

    March 12, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. joe

    What a scrub, he is just using the party for a election bid. Who said he was good looking? Maybe after a nose job, the guy has a Chevy parked on his face.

    March 12, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. BlackMANinterested..........

    Good, maybe this GOP'er will have a plan to offer instead of "just say no" like all the rest.......................................well perhaps NOT.

    March 12, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Stacie

    I want to hear Scott describe the plan he voted for in his state 'cause it sounds a lot like the President's plan – the one he now opposes. Let's all say it slowly...h y p o c r i t e.

    March 12, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Chris D.

    I don't care what the GOP has to say at this point........if they want to impress me or get my attention, then they need to work w/ this President, and the DEMS in congress for solutions to push America forward.....

    March 12, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. peter

    I thought they said it was "people's sit"!

    March 12, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    @SocialismBad

    Perhaps you would like to see what kind of health care system is in place in his home state before you rattle your saber.

    Your lack of knowlege SHOULD embarrass you. SHOULD :-/

    March 12, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Stinger, MA

    stinger1 wrote:
    Pay attention to Brown tonight. Listen, and decide if he is the author of what he says. Remember, reconciliation is an accepted parlimentary move. It is legal. It has been used before, more by repubs than Democrats. It was used to pass COBRA benefits to Americans losing their health ins.
    Remember that Brown voted for the Massachusetts bill that is more liberal than the Health Care Reform Act of 2010. Remember that his "independent" votes were throwaways, something like 70-25 and 60-30 where a simple majority was needed. When the conservatives and ultra-conservatives need his vote, he will be there. Remember that in Massachusetts, he voted against a supplemental budget to provide aid to the blind, help for the disabled and breakfast for school children.
    If you don't realize by now that Brown is lighter-than-air, you are not paying attention. He is hardly the savior many expect him to be. He doesn't have the chops.

    March 12, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Becky

    Maybe the same part the Republicans didn't when they used the same procedure?

    March 12, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Allrighty

    Remember that in Massachusetts, he voted against a supplemental budget to provide aid to the blind, help for the disabled and breakfast for school children.

    March 12, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Vooda

    To quote Harry Reid (and cheers to him for showing some guts):

    As you know, the vast majority of bills developed through reconciliation were passed by Republican Congresses and signed into law by Republican Presidents – including President Bush’s massive, budget-busting tax breaks for multi-millionaires. Given this history, one might conclude that Republicans believe a majority vote is sufficient to increase the deficit and benefit the super-rich, but not to reduce the deficit and benefit the middle class. Alternatively, perhaps Republicans believe a majority vote is appropriate only when Republicans are in the majority. Either way, we disagree.

    March 12, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. migan

    Gee, Brown's been a senator for a month and already he's being touted as the savior. Sounds like desperation on the part of the republican party and a page from the democrats play book, Obama 101. The plain fact is america is spending way to much on healthcare and the government has been forced to reenter the fray. Corporations are the ones for this healthcare overhaul. Just as they have done with pensions they want to shift the cost of healthcare to the taxpayer and private payers. It's the only way they can survive in a global economy. Currently, the american wage and benefit package for corporations is noncompetative and unsustainable.
    Better to blame the government for failure and move overseas.

    March 12, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. bts

    Why do people keep saying the majority don't want HCR? The MAJORITY voted for Obama for THIS VERY THING. Only the Repubs don't want HCR under Obama because they know it will be GOOD for the country and the history books will have good things to say about him. They're SCARED that Obama will show them how it's supposed to be done.

    March 12, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. madriver

    Maybe he'll announce how his constituents can get hold of him. Yesterday he said he's been listening from people around the country, but I thought he was the Senator from Mass. He doesn't seem to have noticed my letter supporting health care reform.

    March 12, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. page

    As for Brown, deer in the headlights. He is out of his league and proving to be remarkably tone deaf (book deals, victory laps in Arizona). Remember what giving the republican response did for Bobby Jindal (a.k.a. "Kenneth the page").

    March 12, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Rove

    Brownie wants to be the next POTUS. However, he's just another mediocre Republican flash in the pan like one-term Romney and one-term Palin.

    March 12, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Browny

    He was in the State Senate in MA, not me! Ask him where the cuts should be made! Problem is, he was never around too much. Came in to vote then left to sell real estate law! In all his years in the legislature, he did one thing; He created a $iooo gift to returning servicemen. And Scott Brown isn't even a veteran! It was a wonderful gesture. Hmmmm...where did that $1000 come from? No one in MA complained... and no one complained about the supplemental budget to the blind, the poor, and the disabled either, except Scott Brown and other repubs. Really poor judgement and bad form.

    March 12, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Mh

    So far this week Brown has voted to diminish the Clean Air Act (would go against his fellow rich-guy coal corporations), he voted against budgeting money to fund programs for the disabled and their families, and will be speaking tomorrow against health care reform. Gee, I'm so glad he's not one of those "party of no" republicans.

    I am for the Clean Air Act, I support funding for programs for the disabled and their families, and I am for health care reform. Doesn't really feel like Scott Brown is listening to me. I can't wait to vote him out in a couple of years. Oh and by the way, that funding for the disabled also pays my salary every week-what about my job Mr. Brown?

    March 12, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Fred

    Right now Scotty Brown is the rising "star" of the GOP. Remember Bobby Jindahl? he was the last younger/attractive Republican who was going to save the GOP. Until he spoke.... Scott Brown has taken PLENTY of tax payer money in his career–$3500 a year in per diems alone, for driving the truck to Boston. I don't get an extra $3500 a year, and I commute to Boston from his old state senate district daily. He then tried to kill a program which helps welfare recipients with transportation. Not saying it's a great program, but it could be getting people off welfare if it means they could work more, but state senator no didn't think so...but don't touch his per diem.

    March 12, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. catmom

    Stallion: If Brown is not a poster boy for the majority voters in this nation that oppose this healthcare bill....then who is? You have to ask yourself the question "why?" do the democrats keep pushing when it is so obvious that they are not doing their job which is to represent the majority first?

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    Brown comes from a state that has universal health care, he just doesn't feel that anyone else should have access to similar programs. You should probably stop listening to Fox when you want to talk about what the majority wants. The MAJORITY voted for President Obama and quite a few voted for him based on his wanting to do something about health care. Fox has indoctrinated you people to vote against your own best interest and you all are so blinded by hate you are doing it. I don't beleive in the polls being taken just like Republicans didn't believe in polls when Bush's poll numbers sank. I do remember how Republicans and Bush kept saying they didn't govern by listening to polls, that polls aren't important....

    Oh, and by the way stallion, Bush crashed the economy, but everyone knows Republicans don't take responsibility for what their policies did to this country. Who fights two wars and gives tax cuts? Who paid for those wars, who is paying for them now?

    March 12, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. ken

    He is the most boring guy I ever listen to. He copies Obama. Poor guy!

    March 12, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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