Brown appears with Obama, linked to Romney in video
April 4th, 2012
02:03 PM ET
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Brown appears with Obama, linked to Romney in video

(CNN) – Sen. Scott Brown's Wednesday morning appearance alongside President Barack Obama didn't go unnoticed by his rivals in the Massachusetts Democratic Party, who seized upon the opportunity to link the GOP senator to another presidential candidate: Republican Mitt Romney.

Brown joined Obama at the White House signing of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, which prohibits members of Congress and their staffs from using non-public information for financial gain.

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Brown and Obama briefly spoke about the measure following the president's State of the Union address in an exchange that was caught on camera. While Brown helped write the Senate version of the legislation, the law Obama signed Wednesday was a more watered-down version passed by the House of Representatives.

In his reelection bid against former Obama adviser Elizabeth Warren, Brown is hoping to appeal to more moderate Republicans that form the base of the GOP in Massachusetts. The traditionally blue state has voted for a Democrat in presidential elections since 1984.

Democrats in the Bay States, eager to paint Brown as more conservative than his campaign portrays, released a video Wednesday splicing together video clips of Brown with the Republican presidential front runner, Mitt Romney. Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts.

The video uses clips from Brown's 2010 Senate campaign, when Romney endorsed the then-state senator and campaigned for him in Massachusetts. At one point, Brown describes Romney as a "very, very dear friend," and Romney describes being mistaken for Brown in an airport.

The video concludes with on-screen text proclaiming "Mitt Romney + Scott Brown: BFF."

For their part, Massachusetts Republicans marked the signing of the STOCK Act by calling for Warren, Brown's opponent, to return campaign donations from billionaire financier George Soros, who they point out was charged in a European court in 2002 of insider trading. Soros has since appealed the charge.

"Scott Brown deserves credit for taking a leadership role in closing an ethics loophole with legislation that bans members of Congress from insider trading," Alleigh Marre, spokeswoman for the MassGOP, said in a statement. "Now, Elizabeth Warren needs to demonstrate her commitment to ethics in government by returning tainted campaign contributions from convicted insider trader George Soros and his family."

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. diridi

    No one in the right mind will ever vote for Scott Brown. Folks, just vote for Elizabeth....good luck.

    April 4, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Tom

    Wow, a Republican moderate senator is friends with – [GASP] – another moderate republican from the same state.

    Did anyone else see this coming?


    April 4, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. GOP Doubling Down on Fascism

    Pimp Brown is Wall St.'s favorite senator. Look at all the contributions he gets from them. I guess he pimped out one of his daughters. He's only behind this bill because he's up for reelection. He may have beaten Coakley, but he won;t beat Warren. We're going to put a REAL progressive in that seat.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 4, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Name

    Really...Obama has OWS that group destroys America. Tea Party movement tries to save America.

    April 4, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Name – That was funny.

    April 4, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    OK takin' bets on how long it will take before Nancy Pelosi is charged and convicted of insider trading! ONE MONTH is the CW. She's has to maintain her wealth while appearing to be of, and care about, the 99%. Playin' you liberal fools like a fiddle!

    April 4, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. The REAL Truth

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth – You must have OD'd on that right wingnut cool aide today. Your definitely on a (t)rolll today! LOL

    April 4, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    "The GOBP has Tea Party movement that group destroys America. OWS tries to save America."

    There, FIFY

    April 4, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    The REAL Truth

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth – You must have OD'd on that right wingnut cool aide today. Your definitely on a (t)rolll today! LOL
    Truth is in truly rare form today. I've already call for a MEDIC.

    April 4, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "@Truth and Nothing But the Truth – You must have OD'd on that right wingnut cool aide today. Your definitely on a (t)rolll today! LOL"

    Methamphetamines are no laughing matter. The poor delusional little guy. I hope you get the help you need someday, TNBT.

    April 4, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    So who enforces this wonderful new law? Does Nacny Pelosi just take all the corrupt Democrats into a closed session and chew them out for getting caught and then teaches how not ot get caught in the future? You know... the Charlie Rangel treatment.

    April 4, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    I dunno. I would assume that whatever passes for an Ethics Committee in each chamber would initially enforce it, or serve as the "arresting officers" so to speak. I would venture that actual prosecution in a criminal court would take place in whatever jurisdiction where the crimes occurred.

    April 4, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |