Washington (CNN) - Republican Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown was elected with support from the Tea Party movement, but he doesn't consider himself a member.
"I'm a Republican from Massachusetts and a proud Republican," Brown said Tuesday in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
The freshman senator who is up for reelection in 2012 said he tries instead to be an "independent voter and thinker and focus on the very real issues and where we find commonality."
He declined to forcefully back the movement, saying he supports a "lot of different movements," and especially people who are concerned about America's fiscal future.
Brown is promoting his book "Against All Odds," in which he discloses that as a youth he was subject to sexual and physical abuse, something he said you never get over.
"I felt it would be important to talk not only about the good things," Brown said. "I wanted to not gloss over the tough things as well and hopefully help people understand that listen, if you have tough circumstances, like many of us do, you can still have success if you have good people around you."
"If it helps people I'm so excited and thankful about that," he added.
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