Brown picks up Romney attack line
July 23rd, 2012
01:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Brown picks up Romney attack line

(CNN) - Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown launched a campaign web video Monday evaluating America's past and present while taking a swipe at his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, along with President Barack Obama.

The video, called "Let America Be America Again," hailed presidents including John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan as supporters of free enterprise and job creation.

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"I believe in an America where the free enterprise system flourishes for all other systems to see and admire," Kennedy is shown saying in the video. "Where no businessman lacks either competition or credit- and where no monopoly, no racketeer, no government bureaucracy can put him out of business that he built up with his own initiative."

The video then cuts to Obama pointing out that entrepreneurs did not build their businesses alone because "Somebody else made that happen," referring to governmental support systems like roads and educators.

"If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own," Obama is shown saying at an event in Roanoke, Virginia, one of the stops during his two-day campaign tour earlier in July.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked the president on the statement by releasing a television ad featuring the story of a small business owner. Obama's campaign says that its rivals are taking the president's words out of context.

In his full remarks, Obama said: "If you are successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that mappen. The internet didn't get invented on its own. Goverment research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."

Brown's two and a half minute video focuses on job creation and free enterprise through small businesses and entrepreneurs, a heated debate for the November presidential election.

The Republican candidate also makes an attack against his opponent, Warren, who is featured in the video making remarks similar to the president's.

"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you," Warren said. "But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for."

Brown ends the video with a clip of him speaking at a local Chamber of Commerce, stating he "will never demonize you as business leaders and business owners for the work you do or for the opportunities you create because I think we should not be blaming you-we should be thanking you."

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    So Brown has decided to hitch his wagon to Romney's horses? Bad move strategically......Romney will go down in flames and will take a lot of GOP candidates with him. Browns better move would have been to maintain distance between himself and Romney. I think he is going to lose anyway.......but he would have a better chance standing there independently rather than attaching himself to Romney.

    July 23, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Mikey

    Did they call Johnson and Clinton "supporters of free enterprise and job creation" when they were President? No! In fact, if you recall, Hillary Clinton was an ultra-liberal until Obama became the nominee. Then suddenly, Obama was the big liberal and Hillary was the moderate the Dems didn't pick. You can bet that 8 or 12 years from now, they will be saying that the Democratic candidate for President is a job killing, ultra-liberal socialist, not a moderate supporter of free enterprise like President Obama was. How many times in a row are people going to fall for this junk? What a joke!

    July 23, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |

    How ironic Pimp Brown will do that. Just over the weekend you heard Willard pretty much plagiarize the President's speech about the Aurora shooting.

    July 23, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. demwit

    What is he talking about? The private sector is doing fine. Obama said so and I've read it right here at least a dozen times..

    July 23, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. curious

    America has a history of long bouts of high unemployment. I remember all the president's named and only the Kennedy, Johnson and Clinton administrations had good numbers with the economy. I'm a college graduate who has filed for unemployment numerous times over the last 60 years. Somehow the politicians claim high unemployment in some area of the country is something new.

    July 23, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    maybe just maybe if the GOP congress would either approve a jobs bill or come up with a decent one then jobs would be created. But we all know the Republicans do NOT want jobs to be created nor for the economy to get much better while Obama is in the White House. So all this talk about what America is supposed to be about is just all glitter for those who really don't know what is going on.

    July 23, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Jon

    Thank you Senator Brown for caring enough about America to point out how someDemocrats are seeking to distroy the American dream.

    July 23, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. ghostriter

    As far as Romney is concerned, businesses make it on their own, atheletes don't.

    July 23, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. 1crusader

    Brown left out the remarks that Mitt Romney himself made that were very similar to what the president and Elizabeth Warren said-only he talked about bankers, firefighters( yes, firefighters-?) and others aiding entrepeneurs in becoming successful.I agree with the president , Warren, and Romney.As usual, Romney is now disagreeing with himself.Have Brown and Romney no shame?

    July 23, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. v_mag

    Conspicuous by his absence was George W Bush, who endorses Rob-money and who set the policies endorsed by Rob-money. Funny they would leave W out of the ad, especially since Romney = Bush.

    July 23, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    It is pretty clear at this point that Obama is a socialist that thinks the government empowers everything and everybody. It is government role to "level the field" so that nobody can get too far ahead of another. It is just not right that greedy motivated Steve Jobs can get rich while couch dwelling Rudy remains poor and with nothing to show for his lazyness. Obama plan is more Rudys and far fewer, if any, Steve Jobs. That way life will be fair.

    July 23, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Maxx

    Sure Brownie, businesses don't need roads or an educated work force or a safe environment or mass transit or anything like that – they all did it by yourself. You're forgetting that Massachusetts' voters aren't going to be voting for Romney and don't believe anything he says. Go ahead, keep picking up on Mitt's lines, see where that gets you.

    July 23, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Mr. Moderate

    It is shocking to see how far off the deep end the Republican party has gone. First you have a Republican US Senator saying that it is patriotic to avoid paying taxes, now they cannot even bring themselves to admit that government does indeed provide valuable functions that do permit people to succeed.

    What's worse is that people are actually buying into this.

    July 23, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. shizuoka

    The real shame is the Obamanation, those that want those that work hard for a living to pay for the rest who choose to live on the gov't dole. A vote to continue Obama's tactics are nothing more than dipping into the future generations lives. Stop the Government out of controlled spending, no budget no spending, we cannot spend what we do no have. America is in decline because we have leaders who are buying votes from the entitled among us and sticking it to the rest of us. Self Respect is earned with hard work, not with food stamps, and poverty which is what the Dem's preach.

    July 23, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    The ad leaves out the presidents Bush. I wonder why. . . .

    July 23, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. CanadaONE

    Brown doesn't know his history – did he pass Grade 7 ?

    July 23, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Rosslaw

    Mittens is pulling out the big guns. Now we get a lecture on economics from a former male model. I suppose this means the Republicans will be terminating all of those "socialist" subsidies to their fundraising supporters any day now-yessiree, any day now.

    July 23, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Mikey

    @Bend – "It is pretty clear at this point that Obama is a socialist"
    Pretty clear?? To whom??

    I guess that is the way to avoid a conversation about econimic, regulatory, and tax policy and it's impact on income and wealth distribution – just start calling those who disagree with you names. And please don't say that enacting policy changes that impact income and wealth distribution is wrong. That is exactly what we, as a nation, did beginning in the 1980's, with a second round in the 2000's. The disparity didn't suddenly jump all on its own. Yes, advances in technology and global forces did have an impact, but policy changes are the main reason that we see the disparity increasing in the U.S. much more than in other first world countries.

    Just your basic assumption that those who are poor are that way simply because they are lazy says a lot about the way you think... and probably that you have had very little contact with poor people.

    July 23, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |

    "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there – good for you," Warren said. "But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for."
    What "rest of us"??? Half of "us" pays NOTHING!!!! Corporations pay HUGE sums in taxes, income, payroll, FICA, property, etc. They also built the roads, far more than some of "us". Democrats simply want to treat business as the enemy. Any wonder why the economy still stinks and businesses aren't hiring?

    July 23, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. The Other Dale

    I'm truly shocked at the number of people so blinded in their hatred for Obama that they can't comprehend the point of what he was saying in the speech. How such people can function normal bodily functions much more any business they may own is unbelievable. And their protests merely point out their own inability to think straight anymore. Hard not to feel pity for them, as they're the ones going to be left behind because they refuse to face reality.

    July 23, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Ignor the obvious

    Brown you how do you use this argument with a straight face? Who helped you when you did the NUDE PHOTO SHOOT?

    July 23, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Mike Texoma

    The idea that community supports capitalism is foreign to those who have no humility nor any sense of gratitude. "I did it my way" is a great song, and I like the emphasis on individualism, but to suggest that capitalism can succeed and endure without a stong middle class or without power grids and highways and telephone service and strong public schools and medical care and even labor unions – without strong communities – is utter hogwash. People like Romney and Brown do not openly admire capitallism so much as they do greed.

    July 23, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Way to lie on the President.
    Way to twist his words and malign him.
    No Problem.
    And I hope it continues not to be a problem when he uses the TRUTH to slap you in the face via an Obama approved political ad.
    No crying and definitely no whining then, okay?
    Have they buried those poor people in Colorado? That cease-fire certainly didn't last long.
    Obama 2012

    July 23, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Peace

    Brown has chosen the wrong way of following what Romney did. Elizabeth Warren said this long time ago and Brown didn't even make a comment on it. Brown and Romney will be wiped out together from politics come Nov.

    July 23, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Mikey

    @Failure – "What "rest of us"??? Half of "us" pays NOTHING!!!!"
    Really? Half of America doesn't pay galoline taxes? Don't those taxes go to highway construction projects? Also, the other half of America (47% to be correct) pay SS tax, Medicare tax, sales tax, and a host of other fees and taxes that are government revenue. You are factually incorrect. Beyond that, how much do you want seniors and families living at or under the poverty level to pay in income taxes? Those are the two biggest groups in the 47%.

    Elizabeth Warren is right. There is a social contract. There has been in the United States since 1776.

    July 23, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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