Republican's ad features his handshake with Obama
September 8th, 2012
11:19 PM ET
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Republican's ad features his handshake with Obama

(CNN) - The latest campaign ad released by a Republican senator running for reelection shows him shaking hands with a Democrat most GOP candidates are running against: President Barack Obama.

"Good job," Obama is seen saying in the spot, which was produced by Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

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Brown, who is seeking reelection in Massachusetts, is one of a few Republicans nationwide who has campaigned in part on his independence and willingness to work across the aisle.

In his latest spot, called "Insider Trading," Obama greets Brown after signing into law the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge, or STOCK, Act. Brown was behind a Senate version of the law which outlaws insider trading among members of Congress plus their spouses and staff.

"If you did that, you'd go to jail," Brown says to the camera in the ad. Although Obama can be seen on screen, he makes no verbal mention of the president.

Brown's on-camera lines are delivered from the driver's seat of his pickup truck, which became one of his icons in his successful 2010 bid for the seat. He was filling the seat held for years by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Brown's Democratic opponent this year, Elizabeth Warren, was given prominent primetime billing at the Democratic National Convention last week. The Harvard University professor, who was Obama's pick for a consumer advocacy board, spoke shortly before the remarks of former President Bill Clinton.

As recently as June, Obama encouraged Massachusetts voters to back Warren, saying at an event in Boston, "She is going to be an outstanding senator for Massachusetts, and everybody here has got to turn out for her."

Perhaps as much as she has criticized Brown, Warren has focused her fire on former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who was formerly governor of Massachusetts.

In her latest ad, she criticizes Washington, D.C., as "rigged for the big guys" who retain lobbyists that small businesses cannot.

Both candidates have raised millions and attracted the interest of national political groups - enough to ensure their ads make it to Bay State television.

– CNN's Steve Brusk and Ashley Killough contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Pat

    Before the normal liberal spewing occurs, I simply ask people to research Elizabeth Warren and the people who played a role in what she believes. Her beliefs about America are not shared by most who will be voting for her.

    Go out and see 2016: O'bama's America.

    September 8, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  2. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    The only smart gop,all the rest including romney the tax cheat and lyin Ryan shake hands with the crook lobbist rover nitwitquist and rinsemy penis tnx head rnc bafoon!!!

    September 8, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  3. WishDems&GopWldAllWk2gthr!:-)

    I commend Senator Brown for his "willingness to work across the aisle". If only all of those in office would do the same, a lot more would get accomplished! Blessings... :-)

    September 9, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  4. OCCavoter

    That ad didn't make any since for what so ever.

    September 9, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  5. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Good legislation. But it's not something you should be patting yourself on the back about when it was a bipartisan bill. Panderer!!! You're still Wall Street's FAVORITE senator.

    September 9, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  6. SafeJourney

    Brown, Elizabeth Warren will win the election in Mass.

    September 9, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  7. Kiki

    This is unbelievable, Scott Brown is trying to distance himself away from his insufferable republican party and pretending to be President Obama's new BFF! For all anyone know, this could be another spliced and diced video that was taken out of context to create the illusion of bipartisanship when in fact Brown has been walking in lockstep, obstructing with his fellow comrades.

    Brown is definitely showing signs of desperation for his re-election to be seen as a republican with President Obama, given the fact that past GOP members were driven out of the party for a simple handshake with the president. He is desperate to appeal to independent voters in a blue state who are in growing numbers turning against the GOP.

    September 9, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  8. good call

    Scott Brown: "Good job"
    Elizabeth Warren: Better Senator.

    What is the alternative Obama could have said, in Republistan world view?
    >>"Looser, crook, cower to the chief" does not seem appropriate POTUS decorum.

    President Eisenhower could not muzzle Senator Joe McCarthy from Wisconsin, Lyan Ryan's roost; so how crazy is this republican from Massachusetts?

    The people of Massachusetts voted him as senator, he gets basic respect, his track record after that.
    Hope he has been better than Lyan Ryan or Mitt Romney; that would be an improvement for the GOP.
    Crazy lying Republican politicians, solid nutty BS for 60 years on the nice side.

    Good luck to Elizabeth Warren.
    May the citizens of Massachusetts' choices be respected, either way.
    NO irregularities at the ballot box, either party.

    September 9, 2012 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  9. Kansas1946

    Good for Scott Brown. Pretty much he is the only Republican that I can stand. At least he has a brain
    and some decency. Nothing will ever get done in this country if politicians insist on hating anything the
    other party suggests. At least you Republicans have one decent fellow.

    September 9, 2012 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  10. Anonymous

    i think obama looks like he respect romney in this pic.. but he don't want to show it..

    September 9, 2012 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  11. Marry

    While Senator Brown might not be the most annoying Republican Senator on the floor, he still would vote GOP in many ways! So he too is guilty of blocking progress for the country under President Obama. Elizabeth Warren is an excellent person to support changes that benefit the American middle class and that is why she should be voted into the Senate!

    September 9, 2012 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  12. Griff.

    "Well Obama still continues to let most of the large industial-contracts go to oversea's Companies!"

    September 9, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  13. Bernard obryant

    Hmmm ok obama and scott brown friend shell oil is enjoying record profit at 4.30 per gallon brown and obama i bet enjoying profit govt intervention

    September 9, 2012 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  14. Griff.

    "So I wonder what the Dems' are going to say about this?? They shouten so much that the Iraq war under bush, was all about Oil. Well it's Obama that keeps the troops in Afghanistan this time around. Quote: Potential for a Mining Boom Splits Factions in Afghanistan

    By GRAHAM BOWLEY

    With a trillion-dollar cache of oil, gold and other resources underground, hopes of self-sufficiency in Afghanistan are tempered by worries about corruption and security. Unquote."

    September 9, 2012 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  15. n2video

    Scott Brown is running so scared for his reelectin. He KNOWS he is in trouble, and he's doing everything he can to make himself out to be a moderate Republican. But his voting record, while SOMETIMES siding with Democrats, is mostly down the GOP Party line. I believe that Massachusetts voters are a LOT smarter than he thinks they are. Elizabeth Warren-you go, Girl.

    September 9, 2012 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  16. Kim hyun

    Oh really?

    September 9, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  17. Gurgyl

    Wouldn't congress intransigence annoy us all while president does his job? Remove all the Congress animals. Obama12.

    September 9, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  18. Ron L- Mich

    NEWS FLASH...we as Americans should WANT political leaders from different parties to congradulate each other when they perform a service that HELPS ALL AMERICANS. In the last two years this has been frowned upon by the extreme right of the Republcan party and extreme left of the Democratic party. What a lot of Americans don't seem to get is even if Mr. Romney was to win and the Democratic Party united against him like the Republicans have against President Obama..........NOTHING WILL CHANGE!!!! Two to four more years of grid-lock and a slower than normal growth in the economy...So people on both sides should see this as a positive thing.

    September 9, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  19. kathy/Minnesota

    Big Deal if he said good jobTHAT IS WHY HE RAN FOR PRESIDENT, ........TO WORK WITH OTHERS, for the good of the country and it's people, so at the very least he knows how to say THANK YOU............so what? isn't that what he was elected to do?

    September 9, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  20. Vidyashanti

    GOP has so many lairs that it is difficult for a common man to distinguish honest from the lair. No one should believe their TV ads as most are doctored to advanced their cause. No matter who wins these kinds of ads leave a bitter feelings.

    September 9, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    Wait a minute! If President Obama thinks he's doing a good job, doesn't that mean the tighty righties are obligated to disagree? Isn't that the kiss of death for the rethug?

    September 9, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  22. ronb

    Was that before or after the Wall Street guys told him "good job" for blocking legislation to help keep them in check??? Maybe, Warren should find out which came first...

    September 9, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  23. MB

    This makes me laugh. Scott Brown embraces Barack Obama in Massachusetts and kisses the feet of Mitch McConnell in Washington.

    Scott Brown is irrelevant in his own party. He is a “moderate” in the most partisan, conservative Republican group in Senate history. He has no power, or influence. His only value to the Republicans is as a number; a number that will give them the majority in the Senate.

    Scott Brown will shun his party until he is reelected, because a vote for Scott Brown is a vote for Mitch McConnell (as Majority Leader), Roy Blunt, Jim Demint, Tom Coburn, Orrin Hatch, Rand Paul, Richard Shelby, Saxby Chambliss, John Cornyn, John Thune, etc.

    September 9, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. Pete

    Boy can you republicans put a spin on a simple piece,more like lie.Pres.Obama shaking Sen.Browns hand for maybe finally going along on something and you're now bipartisan,give me a break,like an alcoholic not having his normal drunk for one day and saying he's a solber born again Christian,what hypocrites.What's for you is a double standard,you can obstruct but others can't its unamerican,you can lie but others its extreme,you can can corrupt but others its unpatriotic,everything you do is fine as long as you don't get caught.Bush did that all 8 years didn't he,he was stoned most of his short time in the National Guard and probibly was in the WH...Look at your record in Congress how your republicans put riders on everything to either slow down or derail legislation,its evident and its treasonistic,33 times trying to repeal ACA bill,numerous bills putting it also on it as riders,that's assenine but that's your hypocritical republicans,do what I say,not what I do!!Remember we as Democrates will quit telling truths about you republicans if you republicans quit lying about us Democrates,truth hurts doesn't it,its damaging as well!!

    September 9, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. EDWARDMUURU

    ROMNEY THE MAN OF THE PEOPLE

    September 9, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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