Brown picks up Romney attack line
July 23rd, 2012
01:28 PM ET
2 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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  1. J

    Bottomline is Obama's entire speech had an attitude of belittling individual success and promoting big government.

    July 23, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Mikey - And please don't say that enacting policy changes that impact income and wealth distribution is wrong.
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    OK, then let's start the policy changes off with a 95% tax on professional athletes, movie stars, TV stars, producers, directors, etc. Athletics are playing kids games and producing nothing of substance. The Hollywood crowd is just low grade entertainment, no better than a dancing bear. Once this is done, we can talk about the 98% tax on ambulance chasing lawyers. SOund good?

    July 23, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Andre

    Yes, because you can generalize the middle class as, how did you put it, "couch-dwelling Rudy's?" Make no mistake about it, it is the 99% vs. the 1%, and I find it hilarious that you buy right into their nonsense. Can you restaurant without waiters? What about chefs to cook the food, or suppliers to bring you the food? THIS is the moral that you should take away from what the President was saying. We (the middle class) help the business owners and in some ways are just as much a part of their success. These "Rudy's" that like to speak about are in fact less than 1% of America as well... most of us WANT to work and CAN and DO work when we can; you've taken up your party's bait hook line and sinker. I'd like to take you through my neighborhood so you can see first hand how things work in the "lower" middle class; people are struggling to make ends meet with crappy under-paying jobs. I'm much more fortunate, but that doesn't mean I forgot the times when it took me over a year to find a job and unemployment was what kept my head afloat. Do I still aspire to be a Steve Jobs? Yes; I'm working on a degree (thanks to the military and my GI bill) and seek to open my own business in technology; most people have dreams of business like me. Stop listening to Republican rhetoric and come on down to see for yourself; perhaps then you'll get to see a different side of America not tainted by Republican shepherds.

    July 23, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. ghostriter

    "You Olympians, however, know you didn't get here solely on your own power,” said Romney, who on Friday will attend the Opening Ceremonies of this year’s Summer Olympics. “For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities. All right!

    July 23, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. ghostriter

    Romney agreed with Obama as recently as last week, saying in a campaign appearance, “I know that you recognize a lot of people help you in a business. Perhaps the bank, the investors. There is no question your mom and dad, your school teachers. The people who provide roads, the fire, the police. A lot of people help.”

    July 23, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    I am beginning to like Brown more and more.

    July 23, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Pete

    Wait for Ms Warren to debate Brown,she's really for the people of Massachusetts and Brown knows it..This crap with Brown teaming up with the Mormon leper makes me laugh,does he know what Romneys done in the past or is he riding on his monetary coat tails,its definitively cheaper that way.Browns going down in November,so is the rest of these republican clowns led by Romney and friends,just make sure you morons get all your stuff out when ya leave,we don't any of your crap left behind..

    July 23, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. don

    Is Sen Brown proud of Romneycare?
    How about Mitts signature on the Mass. gun control law?
    Does any one know what Mitt really believes?
    Are their any truly principled republicans anymore?

    July 23, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Jules

    So if I am Elizabeth Warren I make an ad featuring G.W. Bush talking about tax cuts for the "job creators" and less regulation and then I have Romney saying exactly the same thing and then I have Scott Brown going along with Romney. Ties it all up in a nice little package.

    July 23, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. JohnReedjr

    I am surprised at Brown taking Obama's words out of context and changing their meaning. Business would not be successful without a PUBLICly built and financed infrastructure. That includes transportation AND education. Tell me Scotty, what is your plan for equalizing the productivity gains of the last 25 years so the middle class has more to spend so the economy can rebound. More spending by business without demand will just create another bubble.

    July 23, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Laurie

    America has become a very fat, ignorant, and lazy country. We are the most in debt nation in the world,we have more obese people in this country, and our education system can not prepare our kids to compete in a global market. We are failing in every respect and to think Democrats or Republicans have the answer is absolutely asinine.... Until each American changes their attitudes and drops expectations of what they deserve.... Until we regain our own health, become fiscally responsible, and actually do something to fix our education problem.... We will continue to go down. Blame the other guy... Do all the finger pointing you want.... but the problem does not stem from the "other" guy and the solution does not reside in a political party. Life is not fair.... never has been, never will be.... and those that work hard should be able to reap the benefit over those that choose not to.... without fear of having it taken away.

    July 23, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. artraveler

    Well, Mr Brown, if those rich Republicans who have had that tax cut for 11 years now had done anything but squirrel the money away in their overseas accounts, maybe there would be some jobs. You should call out those who got the tax cut to explain why they didn't use the moneyt o help America but apparently helped themselves and China, India, bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and Swuitzerland. Greedy SOBs, one and all and Mr Brown's best buddies.

    July 23, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    This guy is nasty idiot. Vote him out. Elezebeth need to be elected.

    July 23, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. texasgreenacres

    Is the americia we're supposed to remember going to be like the 8 we had before these past 4 ?

    July 23, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    @BEND Forward – OK, then let's start the policy changes off with a 95% tax on professional athletes, movie stars, TV stars, producers, directors, etc. Athletics are playing kids games and producing nothing of substance.
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    Perhaps we should start with the 1% taxed at 95%? According to history (minor annoyance for you BEND, I know), GDP and growth has ALWAYS been higher with higher income tax rates on the top income earners. Given the Bush tax cuts failed miserably at "job creation", one can argue that the 1% is "playing kids games and producing nothing of substance".. Jack up their taxes.. might make 'em work harder.

    July 23, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. v_mag

    Yeah, let's get rid of those welfare cheats, like GE and Bank of America, that take billions in profits and pay not one red cent in taxes! How dare they lay around living off my hard work? And those socialist organizations, like Haliburton, that get free no-bid contracts paid for by the middle class, and then deny that they ever had any help from a certain ex-VP who should be in jail for war crimes.

    BTW, if corporations are people, how come there are no corporations in jail? We know they don't all obey the law.

    July 23, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. ghostriter

    Romney just repeated exactly what Obama said about businesses. At the same time, he's bashing Obama for saying it.

    I'll tell ya, this campaign will be about ad after ad showing Romney being on both sides of every issue, others saying exactly what Obama is saying now and clips of Romney parroting ideas from anyplace he can....including Obama.

    Conservatives, this is your guy. Good luck with that.

    July 23, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    Obama really ought to know better than to give sound bites to the right. As they always do, they will use the words out of context, and it that doesn't convince the faithful, they'll outright lie. Typical Repug approach. Don't bother with ideas and policies to fix things, attack the opponent.

    July 23, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -JohnReedjr

    I am surprised at Brown taking Obama's words out of context and changing their meaning. Business would not be successful without a PUBLICly built and financed infrastructure. That includes transportation AND education. Tell me Scotty, what is your plan for equalizing the productivity gains of the last 25 years so the middle class has more to spend so the economy can rebound. More spending by business without demand will just create another bubble.
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    Maybe he's hoping the infrastructure fairies will spread magic pixie dust and everything will be fine...its about the level of reality the GOP operates on.

    July 23, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. tellin it like it is

    >Obama 2012 – MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES
    >Perhaps we should start with the 1% taxed at 95%? According to history, GDP and growth
    >has ALWAYS been higher with higher income tax rates on the top income earners.

    ok so if it as easy to prosper as this why isn't obama proposing a 95% tax rate for everybody, not just the rich? the government could rake in 10-12 trillion a year and nearly pay off the debt. people in the usa will gladly work for the government and learn to live on their allotted 5%. now to be fair and have a level playing field everybody will have
    to chip in so people not working will be expected to be out sweping the streets and picking up trash.

    July 23, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. King

    the rich keeps vacuuming up the money from the economy and spending it over seas then leave Americans starving, and all they have to do, is tell the repubs to blame obama and the gullibles falls for it every time.

    July 23, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Name

    Once again the republicans disrespect our military which provides a safe business environment for mom and pop stores.

    July 23, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. tellin it like it is

    >v_mag – Yeah, let's get rid of those welfare cheats, like GE and Bank of America

    GEs CEO is on obamas job council and bank of america sponsors the arena where the democrats are holding their convention in charlotte. obama and democrats supporting cheats.... shocking. not really. birds of a feather etc.

    July 23, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Jeettu

    Senator Scott Borwn is wrong in saying that big business is what America is all about. Also, saying that rich people should pay higher taxes is not being disrespectful of business but a recognition of their success that they can pay more because they have earned more. Let us face it, these people would not become rich and successful in business unless middle and poor classes work for them. Therefore, the success of these rich and business people is due the success of the middle class and the poor. This is the issue: Scott Borwn and his republican frirends refuse to accept that middle class and poor need more help than the rich people. Therefore, we need to create tax structure that is less demanding from those who cannot afford to pay.

    I am disappointed at Senator Scott Brown for this tactic which is a lie as no one is disrespectful of the business folks and for him to say or imply this is deaning to me and the Americans. He should take his words back and pull the ad as soon as possible.

    July 23, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Myviewis

    In the 1960's the Internet was as I read "commissioned by the U.S. government in collaboration with private commercial interests" and private funding was involved in its development, Private Funding. We pay taxes which build roads and bridges, the U.S. government is not an entity that makes money of its own, it does not retail products or services, it survives on the money we pay in taxes. Why is it so difficult to understand that people created government?

    July 23, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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