Brown uses Warren's heritage issue in T.V. spot
September 24th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
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Brown uses Warren's heritage issue in T.V. spot

(CNN) – Questions over Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage were revived by her rival for U.S. Senate Monday in a television ad characterizing Warren as untrustworthy.

Sen. Scott Brown, locked in a tight battle with Warren in Massachusetts, also used the topic to attack Warren at a debate last week. He asserts Warren used Native American heritage to help her chances of being hired by Harvard Law School as a professor.

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In the 30-second spot, news clips focusing on Warren's claims are used to cast doubt on the former Obama administration official's trustworthiness. In the final clip, a reporter asks Warren if there is anything that will "come out about you that we don't already know."

"I don't think so, but who knows," Warren responds.

Last week, Brown opened an hour-long debate with the issue, claiming Warren wasn't being totally transparent about why she was listed as Native American in official documents at Harvard Law School.

"Professor Warren claimed that she was a Native American, a person of color and as you can see, she's not," Brown said. He repeated his call for his opponent to release records showing whether she had claimed Native American heritage on job applications.

"When you are a U.S. Senator, you have to pass a test and that's one of character and honesty and truthfulness. I believe and others believe she's failed that test," Brown said.

Warren defended her claim, saying that she had learned of her heritage from her family, adding that "my mother was part Delaware and part Cherokee."

Warren has denied that she ever used her heritage to gain access to college or employment.

Previously, Warren has said that she listed herself as having Native American roots while at Harvard University Law School to meet other people with similar backgrounds.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    What a joke Brown is! Vote the Repub/tea party out!

    September 24, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. hwd

    Is that the best he got! it is ironic that this form of bigotry is again raising it's head. My parent's tell of the days when if possessed 1/64th of the African American genotype and the rest of your gene pool came from Caucasians you were considered Black regardless of how you looked phenotypically. Now because of political expediency if you look white then you are white regardless of what your gene pool says. I have in my family members that are dark dark brown and individuals with skin tone that rivals Naomi Watts. We all consider ourselves Black because of the common culture and heritage we share not the color of our skin. Scott Brown has a lot to learn and he can start by not utter such bigoted assumption about Ms Warren who should be free to identify with any and all of her cultural bloodline if she so desires. Here the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

    September 24, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Frankie

    You don't have to be dark to be Native American. That is about the dumbest thing I've heard of. I know plenty of people who have American Indian background who are blue eyed and blonde hair.....and he's in the senate. No wonder our government is dumbing down, other representatives dumbing us down are Bachman, King etc..

    September 24, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Skeeve

    Ok. I am thoroughly tired of this BS. Dear Mr Brown, You made a statement that Dr Warren "used Native American heritage to help her chances of being hired by Harvard Law School as a professor". Do you have a proof of this statement? If you do, please, produce it now. Otherwise, you, sir, are a liar. Choice of weapon is yours.

    September 24, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. hwd

    Is that the best he got! it is ironic that this form of bigotry is again raising it's head. My parent's tell of the days when if you possessed 1/64th of the African American genotype and the rest of your gene pool came from Caucasians you were considered Black regardless of how you looked phenotypically. Now because of political expediency if you look white then you are white regardless of what your gene pool says. I have in my family members that are dark dark brown and individuals with skin tones that rival Naomi Watts'. We all consider ourselves Black because of the common culture and heritage we share not the color of our skin. Scott Brown has a lot to learn and he can start by not uttering such bigoted assumptions about Ms Warren who should be free to identify with any and all of her cultural bloodline if she so desires. Here the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

    September 24, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain: Mittens 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    Hey, Brown, I'm blond with blue eyes – and I'm 1/16 Cherokee on my mother's side (got a copy of the original census document to prove it, too).

    There are plenty of folks like me who proudly claim my Native American heritage, even though we don't look like your stereotypical idea of a Native American. And why do I look like I do? Because I'm also German, Norwegian, English and Irish, of which I am equally proud.

    So give it up, Scottie. Warren has more intellect, principles and genuine concern for her constituents in her pinky than you could ever hope to have. I hope she wins in a landslide!

    September 24, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. onlyfacts

    Brown is CLAIMING that Warren is not telling the truth about CLAIMING to be of Native American heritage. If you don't have ANY evidence that Warren is not telling the truth, then your claim is worse than her claim. I also don't claim to be an expert on either claim.

    September 24, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. rosco

    Im very impressed with Mr. Brown for speaking facts

    September 24, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. OnlyTheFax

    Brown, is that the best you got?

    September 24, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Mike

    Well let's see, I don't believe Warren ever granted that request to sit down with the Native American representatives at the DNC. And now, as it turns out, she has been discovered to have represented Traveler's Insurance in Massachusetts in an asbestos related lawsuit where her and the team she was on managed to successfully defend Traveler's from having to pay a settlement to Asbestos victims. Yet in the debate she state she worked for the victims? And, for a little icing on that cake it turns out she is not, and hever has been, licensed to practice law in that state. Yeah, Brown he sure has got nothing. Except she appears to be a liar.

    September 24, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain: Mittens 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    Brown probably had his team find out how many people of Native American decent are registered voters in Massachusetts and decided he could insult Warren without losing the election. Wrote 'em off, kinda like Mittens writing off 47% of Americans.

    Guess the #1 qualification to be a Repub these days is to have contempt for your constituents ...

    September 24, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. CanadaONE

    GOP keeps turning people OFF

    it is almost like they are anti human

    in Canada he would be charged under our hate crime laws

    he would not be running for anything other than from polar bails – we have a nice polar bair jail far up north

    September 24, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain: Mittens 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    @Sniffit: "as you can see, she's not" And, as you can see, Brown is a bigot who thinks you can "tell" just by looking at people what their heritage is."

    Well, now, Sniffit, I can tell plenty about Brown just by looking at him. It's obvious he comes from a long line of D-bags ...

    September 24, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. HenryB

    Shallow. This is it? Nothing else Mt. Brown?

    September 24, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Brown got his info from the same source as Harry Reid, if it is not true, let Warren prove it

    September 24, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. CB FL

    If Brown believes he can look at somebody to tell there hertage. He needs to move to AZ. He can help Brewer with her papers please law.

    September 24, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Jenn

    WOW Mr Brown is not the one who started attacking in this manner Warren is and now that Brown has decided to fight back in her manner you Democrats have an issue. He is asking why she would use it then deny it. Not the fact that she is or isn't Native American

    September 24, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. 2012liberal

    Obama is half white but u wouldnt know it by looking at him. Really thats yr arguement? NEXT! The obamas r both lawyers but dont practice either but hv taught law. Btw romney graduated n law also. Just like warren.

    September 24, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. bb

    Elizabeth Warren's genealogy is not what is important, it is her political ideology and how she will represent the state of Massachesetts that is important.

    September 24, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Bob

    We also know Scott Brown lied about his Tea Party membership and corporate sponsors when running for office. Odds are he was right beside Paul Ryan in that marathon that Ryan claimed he ran in 70 minutes less than he actually did.

    September 24, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. bob

    I don't care what she is. She can explain the banking collapse and how to protect ourselves from letting it run amuk again, better than any of these pencil heads in congress, the senate, or the presidency. This is the kind of person you want to have around.

    September 24, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. demwit

    What's wrong with using minority status? Its called Affirmitive Action reps.., just do u'd know..

    September 24, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Eric

    "Professor Warren claimed that she was a Native American, a person of color and as you can see, she's not," Brown said. REALLY!? because you can't "see" she is Native American/person of color! WEAK!!!!

    September 24, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    @Sniffit: "as you can see, she's not" And, as you can see, Brown is a bigot who thinks you can "tell" just by looking at people what their heritage is."

    Well, now, Sniffit, I can tell plenty about Brown just by looking at him. It's obvious he comes from a long line of D-bags ..."

    It's congenital....emphasis on the genital.

    September 24, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. 1twinsfan

    Wow, that's a dangerous road for Brown to travel. Happy trails, Senator! Racing baiting, race insulting idiot. And to think, I have his daughter's CDs.

    September 24, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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