June 16th, 2010
01:25 PM ET
5 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. Gale

    Well, everything the President has done so far has deeply and morally destroyed our country. If you don't believe me, ask the grain farmers in the mid-west. Oh, we can always import it from say, China!

    June 16, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. BillE

    Anything to stall progress. The party of NO will stop at nothing. They complain about the oil spill but want to keep drilling even after big oil's own people said they have no plan for an event like this. What type of disaster do you need to wake up?

    June 16, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Dan

    Yeah right, what else did you expect a Republican to say, great job Obama.. The president should fly over the gulf like Bush did to New Orleans during the Katrina devastation. The right complaining again, but never a solid answer.

    June 16, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. David

    Or it will spur innovation in alternatives to fossil fuels and create more jobs. The president isn't blaming, he is holding BP responsible for a mess they caused. Scott Brown, I don't trust you or your kind at all. I think you care more about those companies than about progress.

    June 16, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Susan L.

    Ah, this is how the Republicans are playing the oil spill. Milk it for every dollar they can and attempt to use it to defeat cap and trade. How honest they are. At least their tricks are transparent these days. You'd have to be a partisan Republican or a moron (okay, I know, the same thing) to not see that.

    June 16, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Betty SC

    Another Repub without a brain. People get real and stop blaming the President for the Oil Spill. He as just as shock as everyone else. One thing I must say about Obama. He think before he speak and really study the pros and cons. I wish the Repub could and would do the same without always blaming him for nothing.

    June 16, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. David

    Rather than speculating please state the facts. Typical GOP fear tactic, that is all they do.

    June 16, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. "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"

    its tough to be president, all these people niping at your heels

    "you're not doing enough", "you're doing too much", "you should spend time on this", why aren't you spending time on this"

    get a grip people, he is doing a good job

    June 16, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Dean

    Mr. Brown No it's the GOP who are so quick to send jobs overseas not to mention give the big corporate goons a tax break to do it.

    June 16, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. TCM

    BO: "..oil? what oil? I;m just focused on duping the nation into another huge tax situation..."

    June 16, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    Only one sending jobs overseas are your anti-union brothers and sisters in crime fellow Republicans.

    Ms Carly, and Ms Meg, and Mr Romney, etc etc etc...

    but then again you know that very well, you freaking fear monger and hypocrite.

    God do I hate Republicans, I can understand mistakes, we all make them, but deliberately selling out the country to the highest bidder is TREASON you F***

    June 16, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. nate

    Sen Brown seems to be nothing more than a grand stander, not much substance. If number of Dems vs Repubs weren't so tight he be just another unknown senate member.

    June 16, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Enough

    Well Mr. Brown you are right, Obama is using this crisis to shove through yet another economy and job killing pipe dream. Obamas speech was nothing but another campaign style shove for his own agenda....and can't that man leave his hands alone, that constant waving was driving me nuts. King of the teleprompter.

    June 16, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. geecee

    Don't worry about President Obama, Sen. Brown. He's doing just fine and will be okay. You need to worry about yourself. You keep voting with those "do nothing" "Just Say No" Repubicans, and you won't be coming back to the Senate in 2012. I love how you guys all criticize the President, but when push comes to shove, you "got nuthin' " to offer as a solution. You Repuggies are all so great at crisis management!!

    June 16, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Typical republican...

    Republican: "I'm afraid that Obama is going to do all these terrible things and then turn around and tax us to death for them!!"

    Citizen; "Really? How is he going to do these things? Does he even have the power to do any of this? Do you have proof of any of this?"

    Republican: "Proof?! You must be one of those commie-liberals who always muddles things up with facts and truth and common sense!! Another republican told me all this stuff so it must be true because republican politicans only lie to their spouses and constituents..not to each other! I don't need any more proof than that!"

    June 16, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. GL

    Is there any Republicans in Congress that are not HYPOCRITES! Brown you have shown the American people you HYPOCRITE all ready. How about Republicans in Congress lead a helping hand instead of critiziing the Presdient on the time. It is time for this country to move to the future. Republicans have pull out all shocks to critizing the President no matter what he do. Republicans continue to look out for their Big corporations friends. First President Obama wasn't doing enough now that he is doing something the Republicans are saying he is using this for his policail gain. REPUBLICANS CAN NOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS!

    June 16, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. one voice

    Wrong again Scott, it has been the GOP(BIG BUSINESS) who has outsourced our jobs oversees to excape paying taxes. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT CLOWN.

    June 16, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Sorensen

    Does anybody care what Mr. Brown thinks about anything?
    Not likely!

    June 16, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Jilli

    This ignorant clown hasn't earned the right to criticize – he needs to focus on his own incompetence and try to remedy his failings before resorting to cheap shots.

    June 16, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Linda

    I don't know who Brown think he is, but one with common sense would talk about the clean up after the spill has been sealed. We can thank his party for sending jobs overseas. I'm sure the meeting with President Obama today behind closed doors will let him know who is in charge. I would love to be a fly on the wall.

    June 16, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. CLEANUP

    Brown is right. I live on the Gulf Coast and the clean up effort is so unbelievably mismanaged. This is the most pathetic thing we have ever witnessed. What Obama said about the effort is FALSE. It is very odd that people are being bussed in to Mobile then bussed to the beaches. Where are these people coming from? No one seems to know. People want to volunteer, the shrimpers are sitting idle at the docks....something is not right here and needs to be investigated. What you see on the news is not reality as far as clean up goes. The media is dramatising oiled birds and sealife, but where is the focus on cleaning up the oil.

    June 16, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Alan

    And...what are you saying? That we should STAY in the oil-based 19th century mindset until the oil barrons can drain and ruin EVERYTHING to make some more billions at the expense of our nation's future?

    Sounds like a Repukeclican to ma!

    June 16, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Shucks

    The republicans are masters at manufacturing fear, lies, and even stating factually what has no merit. This energy package will not send one single job overseas Mr. Brown, unlike your predecessor who actually gave tax breaks to companies that did. THAT IS A FACT!!!!

    June 16, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Emerson

    Memo to very Junior Senator Brown: How do you propose that the oil spill be cleaned up? From federal tax money? Using Federal personnel? Using the Army/navy/coast guard? All these options cost money and every time the US government is called upon to fix a corporate screw up, the GOP crucifies them for adding to the deficit. I don't hear you speaking about responsibility for payment for clean-up being pinned on the people that caused it. SO, let's hear your plan Senator.

    June 16, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. GL

    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."
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    I thought the Republicans wanted govenment to stay out of their way and taking over too much of the Private industry. Now it all about the government piching in and helping out their Corp. friend the oil company.

    Remember President Obama said months ago about the Republicans need to tune down on their Tea Baggers noise that government is evil if they want to work togeter. All last summer the Tea Baggers and the Republicans party made government to look like the evil one, but this summer it all about government not moving fast enough to help out their BIG CORP. FRIEND THE OIL COMPANY.

    HYPOCRITE = REPUBLICANS.

    June 16, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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