Snowe backs Brown in Massachusetts Senate battle
March 8th, 2012
12:46 PM ET
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Snowe backs Brown in Massachusetts Senate battle

(CNN) – Outgoing Sen. Olympia Snowe gave her endorsement to another centrist Republican senator Thursday–one who's fighting to keep his seat.

Snowe endorsed Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown in his effort to hold onto the seat he wrested from Democrats in a 2010 special election.

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"During the last two years, I have worked closely with Scott and have come to appreciate his independent spirit and bipartisan outlook," Snowe said, according to a written statement.

Snowe announced her intention to retire after completing her third term in Congress last week.

Calling Brown a "much-needed breath of fresh air," Snowe again lamented the "gridlock and partisanship" of the Senate chamber-key frustrations she said led to her decision to depart.

"As I said when I announced my retirement, bipartisanship is an honorable pursuit, which is a belief that Scott Brown shares and demonstrates every day in the United States Senate," Snowe continued.

Now backed by Snowe, Brown is expected to face a tough re-election battle against his likely opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

According to a Suffolk University Poll released in February, Brown leads Warren who as an adviser to President Barack Obama helped launch the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by nine percentage points statewide.

But Warren outraised Brown in the final fundraising quarter of 2011, bringing in $5.7 million compared to his own $3.2 million haul, according to FEC filings.

A 2012 win would allow Brown to serve his first full term in the Senate, cement his standing as the lone Republican that could take the seat after 45 years in Democratic hands during the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's tenure, and solidify public favor for moderates.

Snowe and Brown have both been recently targeted by tea party activists for their centrism ahead of 2012 elections.

"I'm extremely honored to have the support of Senator Snowe," Brown said in the joint statement. "She has served as an example to those of us who prefer bridge-building over rock throwing."

CNN's Ashley Killough and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    According to a Suffolk University Poll released in February, Brown leads Warren who as an adviser to President Barack Obama helped launch the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by nine percentage points statewide.
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    VERY good news. Sending Warren to the Senate would be like electging Fidel Castro. They are pretty darn close on the political spectrum.

    Snowe and Brown have both been recently targeted by tea party activists for their centrism ahead of 2012 elections.
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    Hey Tea Party, get real. Brown is as good as it gets in Massachusetts for Republicans. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. If you screw this election up you could lose a good chance for Republican control of the Senate like you did in 2010. Learn from your mistakes!

    March 8, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Lelia G. Johnson

    Why have the republican candidates been so silent on the molestation of girls and/or boys by the Catholic Priests and school coaches? Yet they have so much to say about contraceptions? How come none of the moderators of any debates brought this topic up? Why are the republicans continue to say "We want to take our America back" who are they taking it back from. What they really want to say is "We want to take it from this Black Man" . Remember when the republicans took office there was a surplus and within seven months we had a deficit. For those individuals in congress to want America to fight everyone wars - I would say you go and take you children, grandchildren, and your relatives and leave everyone else's alone. Our current President is working for the good of all god's people.

    March 8, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Too bad your endorsement doesn't mean squat Olympia. Wall St's favorite senator is going down in November.

    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND -AKA- THE 99% WARRIOR

    March 8, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    Hey Tea Party, get real. Brown is as good as it gets in Massachusetts for Republicans. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. If you screw this election up you could lose a good chance for Republican control of the Senate like you did in 2010. Learn from your mistakes!
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    Lean from the mistakes? LOL. Haven't you noticed that they are inventing new ones on an almost weekly basis? Why do you think Pres. Obama's approval ratings keep rising, while Romney's, Republicans, Tea Party and everything else that claims to be conservative keeps falling?
    The wars agains women, contraceptives, unions, health care, gays, seniors are beginning to vear fruit as the RINOs move into the next phase of the plans. Make Obama a one term president. Make the economy worse. Everyone can see it.

    March 8, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    Well said Lelia.

    March 8, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Sorensen

    I thought Snowe was supposed to be intelligent, in spite of being republican!
    Obviously Elizabeth Warren is too bright for her. Let alone the model in the truck.

    March 8, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    We here in Massachusetts are generally pleased with Scott Brown, especially when considering the alternative. The fact that Granny Warren is so far left that she's behind in ultra-blue MA is quite telling.

    March 8, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. d

    Oh i have faith in the people of ma. they will vote for warren!

    March 8, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Sandy

    Well I'm from Massachusetts too and I'm not pleased with Brown.

    Warren 2012!

    March 8, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    REpubs are losing their war on America.

    March 8, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Church

    The TRUTH is, the Repugnants will never get control of the Senate, and the House will go Democrat in this election cycle.
    And this is despite the attacks against the Left by the big MONEY Koch brothers and their henchmen, such as Grover the Mutt and Karl "The Rabid" Rove.

    March 8, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why do republicans think that unplanned parenthood is good?

    March 8, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Guess What

    Stop the obama america destruction machine, KICK THEM ALL OUT

    March 8, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    "The TRUTH is, the Repugnants will never get control of the Senate, and the House will go Democrat in this election cycle."
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    I laugh. Senate dems are defending 23 seats, a lot of them in conservative states. Senate Republicans are defending only 10, most of them in red states. A net swing of only 4 gives the Senate to the GOP. Let me know how that works out for you, mmmmmmmkay?

    March 8, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Pluto

    I find it stunning that the only considerations that are ever mentioned with this issue is jobs and gas prices (oil stocks), neither of which will be impacted in any significant way whether or not this goes through, while the concern of environmental impact, which could be massive, is never mentioned. Where has our selfish greedy minds gone?

    March 8, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Jeff

    "Several Democrats, including moderates up for re-election and those from oil producing states, support the Keystone pipeline but are torn whether to split with the president."

    What ever happened to voting with what you believe and what your state residents want, rather than putting politics ahead of everything else and voting with your Presdient just because you share the same party? A shame....real shame.

    March 8, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Things that are up under our president : the stock market, the president's approval, job creation (with no republican help), housing values in Florida, the number of people receiving health care, domestic oil production, the American automobile industry, the number of people angry with republicans assault on women.

    Things that are down : republicans chances for the white house, republican congressional approval, the number of soldiers in Iraq, the number of leaders of al Qaeda, terrorist attacks on our soil, foreign oil imports, Fox foreign owned media viewers, and the belief that any republican candidate for president is worthy to win.

    March 8, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Why do Democrats think that planned parenthood is something other people should pay for?

    March 8, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    @Fair – What do you think of making commodities traders actually take a minimum amount of delivery on the percentage of the volume of commodities futures that they buy, trade and sell?

    I think having to actually buy the commodities would drive a lot of parties out of the market, reducing the artificial demand caused by futures speculation.

    March 8, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Did it ever occur the the lefties on this board that if the American people LIKED what Obama was doing and wanted more of it, that they would NOT have removed a record number of Democrats from the House and Senate? That they would have voted for MORE of them, not LESS of them?!

    Yeah, I guess the American people are just too dumb and don't know how to vote correctly. Yup, that's the problem. They need training on the way to properly vote. hahaha....

    Ya just gotta love the cluelessness and lack of common sense that comes from lefties.

    March 8, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. dnokc

    !!!!!Drill baby drill!!!!!We need that oil and we need those jobs!!!Solyndra has no more money for politicians pockets!

    March 8, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Church

    Fair, don't hold your breath.
    I am not saying that I want Repubs or Dems. They are all bought and paid for.
    But:
    The president will once again bring out the minority Democrats to vote.
    The Tea Party Congress has shot themselves in the foot.
    The 4 candidates are not attracting voters in the primaries.
    The economy is improving slowly.
    A trifecta is more than likely.

    March 8, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Church

    Ah! TRUTH, get real. The Tea Party election of 2010 was due to the off year election where a great number of geriatric bigots flocked to the polls.
    Why don't we have more Independent candidates?

    March 8, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    "Why do Democrats think that planned parenthood is something other people should pay for?"

    Do you really think having lots of unplanned babies is good for the future of America?

    March 8, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Amanda

    Everyone needs to WAKE UP!
    More than half of this pipeline is already built and operational for crude oil now. Has it made gas prices go down? NO
    They just want to add the XL part of it to get it to the gulf and get it to China.
    Do your own research at transcanada.com read below:
    Keystone Pipeline

    The Keystone Pipeline is a 3,460-kilometre pipeline that transports crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta to markets in the American Midwest at Wood River and Patoka in Illinois, and at Cushing, Oklahoma. The Canadian portion of the pipeline runs from Hardisty, Alberta east into Manitoba where it turns south and crosses the border into North Dakota. From North Dakota, the pipeline runs south through South Dakota and Nebraska. At Steele City, Nebraska, one arm of the pipeline runs east through Missouri for deliveries into Wood River and Patoka, Illinois; another arm runs south through Oklahoma for deliveries into Cushing, Oklahoma.

    Deliveries to Wood River and Patoka began in the summer of 2010, and deliveries to Cushing began in February of 2011. The pipeline system currently has the capacity to deliver up to 590,000 bpd of Canadian crude oil into these important North American refining markets.

    The GOP wants to line their pockets with kickbacks and kill the enviroment in the meantime.

    March 8, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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