June 16th, 2010
01:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Sen. Brown worried about Obama's oil focus

Sen. Scott Brown told a Boston radio station Wednesday he's concerned the president will use the oil spill to pass a national energy tax sending jobs overseas.
Sen. Scott Brown told a Boston radio station Wednesday he's concerned the president will use the oil spill to pass a national energy tax sending jobs overseas.

Washington (CNN) - Before an Oval Office meeting with President Obama Wednesday afternoon, Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown told a Boston radio station he's concerned the president will use the oil spill to pass a national energy tax sending jobs overseas.

Brown spoke in the morning with WBUR, the Boston NPR affiliate, following the president's Tuesday night address to the nation about the ongoing oil spill.

"I wish he would spend more time focusing on how we are going to clean up the spill and how we are going to contain it," Brown said. "And less time trying to pass the blame … and also trying to push, I feel, a national energy tax that will ultimately drive jobs overseas. That seems to be where they're headed."

Brown and Obama are scheduled to sit down at 2:30 p.m. ET in the president's West Wing office. The meeting is closed to the press.

"I'm going to talk, I'm presuming, about his national energy tax idea, and I'm sure he'll bring up immigration, and then I'm going to try to focus on jobs and see what the plans are to try and get this economy moving again," Brown told WBUR.

Critiquing the president's Tuesday night Oval Office address, Brown said he's hearing from his constituents the administration has been too slow.

"I think people wanted more, they wanted more of an explanation of how they're going to mitigate," Brown told WBUR "They don't expect him to put on a wet suit and go down and plug the hole ... but they do expect the Coast Guard, the Corps of Engineers, EPA, and the administration to help mitigate and execute the emergency plans ... and that's not happening."

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser


Filed under: Energy • President Obama • Scott Brown
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. kd

    So how did you dream up this fantasy scenario, Brown?

    Republicans – you just can never trust them.

    June 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Walter

    Brown's concerns are valid. As the administration gets closer to re-election time they will begin pushing even hard their far left agendain order to keep the electorate in check. This will include carbon taxes and cap and trade which will definitely move jobs overseas. Greenies can squawk that there is available technology that U.S. companies can use to meet the lower quotas, but why would those nasty capitalist business owners spend the money when they can simply ship the jobs overseas. Of course the left will love this – think of the reduced carbon footprint.

    June 16, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. sashua

    think before you talk sir

    June 16, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. carolyn

    Obama won't be sending jobs overseas; the greedy folk who own company's will send jobs overseas. How is this Obama's fault. He doesn't own the companys.

    June 16, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Really?

    Obama is more focus on passing his Crap & Tax to fund his environmentalists buddies like Al Gore millions at taxpayers expense.

    He could care less about the oil spill or for that matter, why we are drilling in 5000 ft of water where the technology is not established instead of drilling in shallow water where the technology is sound and if a disaster like this were to happen we have the capabilities to plug quick and effectively.

    How about he explain to the American people why he refuse to let other countries like Norway help us with this disaster? The Saudis experience the same disaster and they were able to get it under control. Why hasn't Obama consulted with them. The Saudis ask to help and Obama said no.

    I expected details of what is going to happen in the coming weeks, and how the clean up is going work. I got nothing. What a joke this President is. Jimmy Carter must be laughing his butt off. His title is about to go to Obama.

    June 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Bob

    Odd response from Senator Brown stating that his constituents think Obama's response to the oil spill has been too slow.....How would they know? Don't they live in Massachusetts?.....This is absolutely hilarious, but hardly surprising, coming from a republican!!

    June 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Angus McDugan

    Join the ever-growing crowd.

    "Hope and change" is not a plan.

    June 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Jobs is the last thing on the agenda......and that means recovery from the economic downturn, is the last thing on the agenda, as well.

    June 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. doight

    Go model some underwear!

    June 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Video Guy

    I am so glad we have fools like Scott Brown, Sarah, Rush, Steel and his Tea Party gang to keep us entertained.

    June 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    ah shut up and go model your underwear....

    DOPE

    June 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. key

    I can remember a time not long ago let's about four or five years ago when the GOP would say the President can't do everythi

    June 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Richard

    He is a typical republican. Less governement when it suits their cronies. More governemnt when it helps them get visibility about their caring for their constituents. Where was he when georgie sent millions upon millions of jobs overseas. One republican senator asked when are we going to stop blaming george bush about these problems. Here is the short answer: we will stop blaming him when he is not of blame.

    June 16, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. stevegee

    Obama's focus is on the oil spill crisis - but not to clean it up. He sees it as another opportunity to push the Cap-and-Tax scam.

    We must throw the Democrats out of power before it's too late. So wake up people! In November 2010, vote American, vote Republican!

    June 16, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. normajean

    Senator Brown, You haven't been around long enough to be starting in on the president. I will admit that as a Repub. this is part of your initiation into the "Party of No", but you should start off slowly so you won't miss an opportunity. It will take a while for you to be as useless to the country as John Boehner. All talk and no action. However. you will have good teachers.John, McConnell et al have "No" down pat. This, of course only unless you decide to be a real Senator and become productive and help in the job of getting our country back on its feet after many years of Repub.subjugation.We're watching.!

    June 16, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Jerry

    Every one needs to get on the train, impeach Obama now.

    June 16, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. norma

    Um, sweetie, that's what the additional national guard troops, the additional boom, the creation of islands to protect wetlands and the continued skimming and burning of oil is doing. You sir, are a complete idiot who is just regurgitating right wing talking points. Put Senator Brown into the useless political attacker section with his friends McConnell, Boehner, and Steele and don't let them out until they come up with any possible solution to this and any other issue the US faces right now.

    June 16, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. YY

    Hmmmm... way better to stick with fossil fuels and just follow other countries when they create the innovative technologies of the future. America as a leader? is so yesterday. As other countries lead in the new technologies of green energy America will become more and more dependent until we can no longer feed ourselves anymore.

    June 16, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    "I'm going to talk, I'm presuming, about his national energy tax idea, and I'm sure he'll bring up immigration, and then I'm going to try to focus on jobs and see what the plans are to try and get this economy moving again," Brown told WBUR.
    ______________________________________________________
    Oh yeah, the economy. The Republicans are still on that issue? Hey, I know! We could have a census to count all of the animals. You know, how many dogs, cats, cows, mooses... that's gotta be good for another 500,000 jobs!

    June 16, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Honky Tonk

    See this is what I am talking about! A Republican with sense! I am somewhat a Republican but I support a lot of Democratic ideas. If you would stop focusing on the Presidents race and the fact that he's a Democrat and sit down and talk like rational adults...you could break up all the gridlock in Washington and get something done...everybody repeat after me...compromise. I dont agree with all Obama policies, but I do think they are genuine and are done to get this economy/nation back on track. People are so ignorant...they identify democrat/republican no matter how bad thre party vies are. Blacks vote Democrat no matter what the feel about the candidate...Whites vote Republicans because they where raised to vote that way. People...vote for the person that is going to do the right thing no matter what party they are in!!!!! Geeeeeeeeesh!

    June 16, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Enough

    Never let a crisis go to waste.....Obamas speech was nothing more than a campaign speech to promote his job killing, economy killing Cap and Tax program. The last thing we need to do is throw billions of hard earned dollar on another Obama experiment that will most likely fail cause there is NO thought into it.......just throw the money against the wall and hope some of it sticks.

    June 16, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    "A national energy tax will drive jobs overseas" Brown says but what about the billions we pay to Iran for oil. Iran will never attack the U.S. unless we become oil independent which cuts off their billions.

    June 16, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Really?

    Oh wait Let me guess. The speech was bad and it is Bush's fault.

    June 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Stacie

    I'm fairly certain that the Coast Guard, EPA and Corps of Engineers personnel who have been working tirelessly, around the clock for over 50 days would beg to differ with Mr. (hasn't been down to the gulf to see for himself) Brown's assertion that nothing is being done to mitigate and execute the emergency plans.

    June 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. mike

    lets get real here scotty boy the oil is in the ground it is not going over seas you fool if you think that the oil companies are going to let someone else pump that oil out of the ground you are stupider that i through
    look let them go over seas we have the people who know how to do the job and do it right, all we need is the equipment and thats not a problem

    June 16, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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