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. Renea

    Scott Brown i kinda of like you and i want you to continue to look out for the people not you and the Republican Party in 2012. This President is doing all he can do waht more can he do you tell me.I know this President is doing his best to please people in which to some point i dont agree with unlike G. W. Bush who didnt care what people thought of him he did what he wanted to do and didnt care what noone thought.

    June 16, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. bravado in boston

    here's a freshamn senator who will not be returning next year. One half of a term and outta there.

    sheesh!

    June 16, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Shucks

    Mr. Brown, The president again is facing another disaster brought on by the last administrations lack of leadership and ingenuity in actually doing anything substantial domestically for 8 years. Don't criticize unless you take responsibility first, for which the last administration has not done for any of there incredible blunders and outright lies.

    June 16, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Dave

    "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."

    LET NO MAJOR CRISIS GO TO WASTE..... right Barry? Pathetic

    He is absolutely the most pathetic, incompetent president we have ever had. Sorry Carter, he has taken the mantle from you in less than 2 years!

    June 16, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    And many real Americans were worried that Bush was going to use 9/11 as an excuse to invade Iraq....

    But that actually happened.

    June 16, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. gg

    This guy's focus is so blurry he can't see straight. He" feels" Pres. Obama is going to push a national energy tax... typical Republican talking point... no basis in reality, just noise.

    June 16, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. GL

    "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."
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    If this statement above don't make the Republicans look like a bunch of HYPOCRITE then I don't know what else. Hey, Brown I thought the government was doing to much and spending to much you HYPOCRITE! it is happen you fools! Brown quit drinking the Republicans Kool laid or in 2012 you will be HISTORY!

    June 16, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Bill in Austin

    Isn't this guy a rookie? I'm sure the president will politely listen to him. He should be able to come up with some new and interesting ideas, but the GOP don't let their flock stray and think for themselves. It will be the same tired, old GOP ideas of the past that he will pass on to the President. Same song, same verse, different singer.

    June 16, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. GL

    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."
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    Hey your HYPOCRITE Republicans just this year and last year you told the Tea Baggers the government was over reaching when President Obama help out the Auto and Bank industry, but today the government is not doing enough reaching to help the Oil company. HYPOCRITES and I really can not understand why any American people would continue to listen to any thing these Republicans HYPOCRITES have to say.

    June 16, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. BB

    Who cares what Scott brown thinks or has to say!?
    The dude's a tool, he's a 1 term type of guy.
    He carries no weight and has not earned 1 ounce of respect.

    He should keep his mouth shut and go home and drive is truck!

    June 16, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. jim huebner

    My GOD!!! Can't these politicians do anything but turn every issue into political controversy??? I'm sick to my SOUL with this constant criticism of our president, no matter WHAT he does! Doesn't the needs of the country and its citizens mean anything anymore? Can't they stop the political assaults even in the face of CRISIS??? People, we have got to put a STOP to this!

    June 16, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Mark from Louisiana

    I hope Mr. Brown asks obama why he refused so much aid that was offered by other nation within three days of the blowout.
    I hope Mr. Brown asks obama why it was announced in Brazil today that America is lending another TEN BILLION dollars to Petrobas, the Brazilian oil company.

    Last year obama's boss George Soros bought a Billion dollars worth of Petrobas stock. Two months later obama sent Petrobas TWO BILLION dollars.
    Petrobas's stock started climbing with the infusion of our tax dollars, Soros has probably doubled his money in a year. A billion dollars worth.
    Now we are sending them more money, that we have to borrow from China......
    I see know why George Soros bragged about how he bought the White House

    Ohh and the deepwater drilling rigs that are shut down in the gulf.....looks like they are heading to Brazil. To work for Petrobas.

    obama is trying his best to destroy the oil industry in America while funding a oil company overseas that his boss is making billions of dollars on..................

    This administration will go down in history as being the most incompetent and corrupt.

    June 16, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Lets send Rush and Sarah the bill.

    Prettyboy Brown,cant buy a clue,hes just a money taking mouthpiece for anyone willing to give him bagmoney.hahaha

    June 16, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. one voice

    The GOP will say anything to keep us dependant on foreign oil so they can continue to get kickback from their oil masters. Go green energy now and put these Corporate shills out of business.

    June 16, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. sonny chapman

    Why weren't all these Repubs. worried when George W. was using 9-11, "emboldening the enemy" & "want us to lose in Iraq" to club Dems. into submission for his ill fated 'Democracy Blossoming in the Mid East" pipe dream ?

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

    do your homework on the policies that the Bush White House put in place first, then determine rather or not you should be worried

    June 16, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Kate in San Diego

    How sad he feels the need to literally make up lies. There has been no talk about sending jobs overseas. If he is talking about job losses due to us refusing to let these oil companies compromise our envirnoment for their own enrishment, he is still wrong. What a disappointment. It looked for a while as though he had a mind of his own, but obviously not.

    June 16, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Breal123

    Don't try to act a hero Brown. You are just another Republican opportunist who is trying to gain political ground in spite of this tragedy. If it gained you nothing you wouldn't care less.
    On the other hand. Good work Obama for pushing through the 20 billion escrow acct from BP...That is putting your money where your mouth is.

    June 16, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Chipster

    Everyone needs to stop calling BP's busted oil well a "spill." This is NOT a spill. As spill is when a ship sinks or an explosion rips a hole in it, then the oil leaks out. That's a spill. BP's busted oil well is a flood – a flood of oil, pouring out of the ground and flooding the ocean with toxic oil.

    Please, stop calling this a "spill!"

    June 16, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Bob in PA

    He is only focused on destroying the oil industry and our quality of life

    June 16, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Chipster

    Brown should have listened to the speech. Obama never mentioned a tax. The people who are complaining that the President was too slow to react are people who didn't pay attention until the oil began hitting the shores. The federal govt was on the scene immediately and began organizing within days. Unfortunately, no one paid much attention until they saw the oily birds. Brown, ask your constituents what they're driving. We're the ones who have been slow. We should have invested in renewable sources of energy for the past 30-40 years!

    June 16, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Jerry - Florida

    Well, Mr. Brown Sir, YOU have been one of his (President NObama's) loyal lapdogs since taking office. That will be your payback. Congratulations!!!

    June 16, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    Senator Brown,

    Your party is the one who thinks outsourcing job to foreign nations is good for the economy. Also, the only country that the oil industry does not pay taxes to is the USA. (which CNN, MSNBC, and other networks have failed to report while I heard this on Canadian Broadcasting Company in Canada).

    June 16, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Matthew

    I couldn't agree more with Senator Brown. Instead of trying in the fix and clean up Obama is trying to sell another bloated government program or tax. Every day it becomes more evident what a huge error that was made by electing a man to be President who was unqualified to do the job.

    June 16, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Ethan

    Sen Brown is a flaming idiot and a Right Wing tool. BAH!

    Thank You President Obama!!!

    Ignore these clowns and let's go FULL-STEAM-AHEAD to renewable energy, energy efficiency technology, plug-in cars, better building codes, mass transit and other ideas to get us off oil once and for all!

    June 16, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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