Brown: 'Thank God' Warren kept her 'clothes on'
October 6th, 2011
09:56 PM ET
7 years ago

Brown: 'Thank God' Warren kept her 'clothes on'

(CNN) - It didn't take long for the zings to begin in the closely watched Massachusetts Senate race between GOP Sen. Scott Brown and leading Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren.

When asked Tuesday at a primary debate how Warren paid for college - noting a nearly nude 1982 Cosmopolitan magazine photo shoot that Brown did to earn money at age 22 - the Democratic candidate fired off: "I kept my clothes on."

Two days later, Brown had one comment about Warren not taking off her clothes.

"Thank God," he said, laughingly, during a radio interview with WZLX in Boston Thursday. "I didn't go to Harvard. I went to the school of hard knocks, and I did whatever I had to do to pay for school."

Brown, who was elected to the Senate in a January 2010 special election, received his degrees from Tufts University and Boston College Law School. Warren graduated from the University of Houston and Rutgers School of Law.

Warren, a Harvard law professor, will face a crowded field of candidates in next year's Democratic Senate primary. She's known for previously serving as a special adviser to President Barack Obama to help develop the recently-formed U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

A poll released Monday showed the two candidates in a statistical dead heat.

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Filed under: 2012 • Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Gee, not a loaded statement is it? Everyone has to do what they have to do to make it in this world. I would hope that Brown understands that when he votes in the Senate. I don't know if he shows that with his votes.

    October 6, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. chase

    Yeah...Tufts is a really rough place I hear.

    October 6, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  3. jw757463

    I wish they could talk about financial reform..... and preventing the kind of crap that happened in 2008..... and trade policy, not this other stupid stuff.

    October 6, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. thing55

    "I didn't go to Harvard," Brown bragged. Yes, this is considered a plus among the Republican faithful. Being highly educated or going to one of the best schools in the world is disparaged by Republicans. Think about that.

    October 6, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  5. Rambling Parry

    Brown will loose this seat to Elizabeth, you wait and see. This woman is the real deal, so articulate and thoughtful.
    Make the right choice Massachusetts

    October 7, 2011 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  6. ted

    I hope Warren wipes the floor with this joker

    October 7, 2011 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  7. RayJacksonMS

    Oh I like her already.I like her a lot.

    October 7, 2011 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  8. Scott

    The demacrats had a lame candidate in the last race we will see what happens in this race.

    October 7, 2011 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  9. Jeffrey Plate

    Notice that, despite Brown's remark, Elizabeth Warren didn't go to Harvard either. She went to two PUBLIC universities. Mr. Brown, to two PRIVATE ones. Nothing wrong with that! But his comment seems pretty disingenuous.

    October 7, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  10. jacquie

    Well, she was stating the facts. She did keep her clothes on and her dignity and he sold his dignity. Along with all those bank contributions he can be sold to the highest bidder.

    'nuf said.

    October 7, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  11. RINO Bil

    Scott Bowen is a clod. God made us in his own image and quite frankly, the naked human body is beautiful. Just because HE can't handle seeing a woman naked doesn't mean the rest of us need be restricted. Brown should keep his negative body issues to himself.

    October 7, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  12. Tommy T

    Stay classy, Republicans!

    October 7, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  13. A True Centrist

    Every time Scott Brown has run for office, his opponent has mocked his photos in Cosmopolitan thirty years ago. It's a strategy that never works, and won't work now. He can certainly be beat, and considering the election is in MA, he has to be considered the underdog. Warren would be better off focusing on policy, and less on pictures he took thirty years ago in a reputable magazine.

    October 7, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  14. Dutt-mo

    This is funny.

    October 7, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  15. twiddly

    you go girl !!!

    October 7, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  16. Bill

    Republicans never had class – – Brown will be summarily removed from his seat. Go Elizabeth!

    October 7, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Does anyone notice a pattern with GOP candidates? Brown is downplaying his education, Romney downplays then runs from his signature accomplishment as governor ( healthcare), Bachmann can't admit she was quite happy prosecuting tax cheats and then ends up 750 K in debt, Perry downplays and tries to justify taking 17 Billion dollars in stim money to balance a budget he caused to go out of whack, Herman Cain has rarely admitted his education and early career were the result of affirmative action and government loans. Is it just me, or is there an element of lying, spin, and compartmentalizing that go WAY beyond anything we would be allowed to do in the real world?

    October 7, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  18. Ed 1

    I am glad you kept your cloths on too don't think I would want to see you without any.

    October 7, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  19. Jay

    Who cares what he did as a 22 year old! The important thing is his actions today – believe it or not all of you die hard Democrats and Die-hard Republicans – people can do things – change – grow – & mature. And they can all run around naked at the capital now if that will help them all get to thinking about doing the right thing! Bringing up the Cosmo thing is a NON ISSUE!

    October 7, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  20. "Charlie" Brown?

    Making fun of Ms. Warren's appearance. Good campaign strategy?

    Now that the shine has worn off, there doesn't appear to be anything left of Mr. Brown.

    October 7, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  21. MsKira

    So.. what she took a half naked picture.. she was 22 and in college. give the woman a break...I bet he has done worse things....

    October 7, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  22. wake up

    Warren will lose this race since she represents all the poor ego-driven decisions of Obama, adding further embarrassment to the out-of-touch liberals who dominate this state. Reality check: freebies don't last forever, Dems. Make something out of yourself.

    October 7, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  23. hypocrisy

    love it she zings him, he sends it right back, and people get upset with what he said. lol If she didn't want to get made fun of, probabl shouldn't have thrown the first punch lol. Hope Brown gets it, Make the right choice Massachusetts.

    October 7, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  24. Inrealityhere

    thing55- The problem lies in being highly " educated " in government schools that mandate the government agenda be taught and funded by taxpayer dollars so union " teachers " can continue to program the youngsters with a low quality " education " that rarely prepares them for a decent job but manages to perpetuate this scam that's been going on for years. I'm glad I took the chance to educate mine at home and in small private schools. They have all been able to obtain jobs far superior to their peers. Plus, they all see through the liberal lies, best education ever!

    October 7, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  25. WiredweirdinSF

    Scott Brown must be reading the ticker and seeing all of the demeaning and demonizing remarks democrat liberals make about conservative women. You can see the hypocritical outrage being expressed by these same drug addled people now. Does it not make you marvel at how absolutely hypocritical they are? Just remember as your bankihg fees rise, Elizabeth Warren and Dick Durbin fought for it to happen alsong with the corrupt, inept, incopetent, union toady president. Why does the Ticker not report that in spite of what Obozo says that Mtich McConnell did call for a vote on the Obama Stimulus Robbery for the benefit of the Corrupt Unions Bill and Reid turned it down? I really think Congress should pass it and then maybe we could find some sort of non corrupt media to report its abosolute failure and bankruptcy of the country, but you can only find honest reporting on Fox.

    October 7, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
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