June 16th, 2010
01:25 PM ET
13 years ago

Sen. Brown worried about Obama's oil focus

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/17/art.brown0317.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Scott Brown told a Boston radio station Wednesday he's concerned the president will use the oil spill to pass a national energy tax sending jobs overseas."]
Washington (CNN) - Before an Oval Office meeting with President Obama Wednesday afternoon, Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown told a Boston radio station he's concerned the president will use the oil spill to pass a national energy tax sending jobs overseas.

Brown spoke in the morning with WBUR, the Boston NPR affiliate, following the president's Tuesday night address to the nation about the ongoing oil spill.

"I wish he would spend more time focusing on how we are going to clean up the spill and how we are going to contain it," Brown said. "And less time trying to pass the blame … and also trying to push, I feel, a national energy tax that will ultimately drive jobs overseas. That seems to be where they're headed."

Brown and Obama are scheduled to sit down at 2:30 p.m. ET in the president's West Wing office. The meeting is closed to the press.

"I'm going to talk, I'm presuming, about his national energy tax idea, and I'm sure he'll bring up immigration, and then I'm going to try to focus on jobs and see what the plans are to try and get this economy moving again," Brown told WBUR.

Critiquing the president's Tuesday night Oval Office address, Brown said he's hearing from his constituents the administration has been too slow.

"I think people wanted more, they wanted more of an explanation of how they're going to mitigate," Brown told WBUR "They don't expect him to put on a wet suit and go down and plug the hole ... but they do expect the Coast Guard, the Corps of Engineers, EPA, and the administration to help mitigate and execute the emergency plans ... and that's not happening."

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Energy • President Obama • Scott Brown
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Joe Brooke

    If BP is calling the folks down South small people Then what are they big people?

    June 16, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Mesa Mick

    Fear! Smear! Mock! Lie!

    The only thing you forgot to mention was that Obama is a Muslim from Kenya that wants to turn America into a Marxist, communist, socialist dictatorship run by liberals. Oh, I forgot, you didn't want to steal Sister Sarah's, Sister Angle's or the Rev. Rand Paul's pathetic thunder did ya?

    Atta boy Brown, it didn't take you very long to get on the same page of the talking points memo as the rest of your obstructionist, do nothing rethugliCANT regressionists did it...

    June 16, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. mark

    Senator Brown, why don't you do it yourself. Our President is a bit busy running the entire country. I'm tired of senators like you blaming our President when you should be helping solve our problems. Oh, but that's right, the Republican Party has no ideas on anything as usual.

    June 16, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. worriedmom

    Brown, keep those arms by your side. He is good for twisting....

    June 16, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Jennifer M., Chicago, IL

    Yes, heaven forbid we blame the Republicans' friends in big oil.

    June 16, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. John Metsopoulos

    Don't they get it you need a national energy strategy in order to prevent this type of tragedy in the future, not to do so would be like not addressing security issues after 9/11.

    June 16, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. billburn

    The American people do not need any more taxes. I have a question: How much has obomas wealth increased sense he has taken office? I am willing to bet nobody can get the complete honest figure.

    June 16, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. rdepontb

    Get off your President's back, for god's sake. Stop distracting him with your party's petty nonsense. We need our leader to have some reserve capacity, even if that means he has to run at a full-out 100% and find the extra energy and attention from somewhere, from a place most of us do not possess.

    The Republican party is bringing down the entire fabric of this great nation with its game-playing. Today's issues and challenges are indeed more like an assault on our way of life, everyone's way of life, than mere partisan bickering. It will be the Republican party that will wear the blame when such unforeseen disasters have pushed our government over the brink. Back off.

    June 16, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Dan A

    Yeah Brown the Clown-Like Obama really cares what a freshman inexperienced senator like you has to offer. You are all " Windup and no Fastball "" and have proven that since the people of Massachusetts made the stupid choice of electing you to office !!!

    June 16, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. JOhn

    "Brown said he's hearing from his constituents the administration has been too slow." – That is what a coward says when he wants to make an accusation but knows it is to rediculous to claim as his own.

    Those same "constituents" are telling him the President was born in Africa, is a sociolist, hates white people, etc..... Just because you know a few luntatics does not mean you have to quote them or even take them seriuosly.

    June 16, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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