Brown touts being 'independent' in first re-election ad
May 9th, 2012
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Brown touts being 'independent' in first re-election ad

(CNN) - Bragging about being bipartisan didn't help Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana, but it may be the path to re-election for fellow Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

The morning after Lugar, the Senate's longest serving Republican who was known as a moderate willing to work with Democrats, lost his re-nomination bid to a more conservative candidate, Brown's campaign announced they were going up with their first TV ad of the junior senator's re-election bid. The spot, titled "Independent," touts Brown's willingness to work with those across the aisle and never mentions that he's a Republican.

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Brown pulled an upset in January 2010, winning a special election to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who served in the Senate for nearly four decades. Brown won the contest thanks to the support of many of the state's large pool of independent voters. Brown is now fighting for re-election against the well-funded Elizabeth Warren, a former consumer protection advocate in the Obama administration who is the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic Senate nomination in the Bay State.

The ad starts with clip of Brown from his 2010 election victory saying "tonight, the independent majority has delivered a great victory."

And the spot includes a clip of Lesley Stahl of CBS News saying on "60 Minutes" that Brown's "turned out to be unpredictably independent, and beholden to no one."

The commercial also features Brown talking about how he delivered on his promise to be an independent voter in the Senate. An email release announcing the ad highlighted that a recent analysis from Congressional Quarterly "found that Brown is the second-most bipartisan Senator, voting with his party 54 percent of the time."

The race in Massachusetts is one of the most high profile and most expensive of the 33 Senate contests this year. Warren raised nearly $7 million so far this year, more than double what Brown has brought in, but Brown has an advantage of $4 million when it comes to cash on hand.

Two of the top non-partisan political handicappers, Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook, list the race as a toss-up.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Congress • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    You may be "independent", Scott... but Warren is 1/64 Cherokee.

    May 9, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Bill

    Yet another seat that wil be picked up by the democrats. Goobye, Scottie.

    May 9, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Is Mitt a Git?

    I don't think this will work. He's trying to throw us off the trail, and it worn't work. Elilzabeth Warren will win.

    May 9, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    Not much need for this. Elizabeth Warren's radical liberalism says it all. Brown will win. Again. Massachusetts voters are smart.

    May 9, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    If you have brain vote this idiot out. He is a total disgrace just like mittens.

    May 9, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Marie MD

    So now he is an "independent" of sorts? Is it something in the water in MA?
    Thanks for giving Warren a second wind. Not that she needed it.

    May 9, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. NotFooledByDistractions

    Oh...I didn't realize that "independent" meant almost completely funded by wall streeters. My bad.

    May 9, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Fair is Fair - You may be "independent", Scott... but Warren is 1/64 Cherokee.
    But a 100% lying FRAUD. But she's a Democrat so that is what people have come to expect.

    May 9, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    A little odd that he won't mention the word " Republican" in his add....counting on amnesia or Alzheimer's from his supporters, I guess.

    May 9, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. A not-so-stupid former republican

    What does it say for his candidacy when Brown is afraid to claim that he is a republican? Why do republicans hate middle class Americans?

    May 9, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. d

    i hope the people of ma. get rid of wall street brown...At least the majority of the people there are educated and can really see him for what he stands for and it is not them!

    May 9, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. rs

    Independent from what? With today's GOP that now seems to mean that one has to operate independently from: facts; the truth; science; any GOP policy more that 3 weeks old; the President; the people who actually elected you; the U.S. Constitution. They get extra points for supporting efforts to curtail civil rights, voting rights, and for bills that hurt minorities, women, the young, poor or elderly.

    More telling is who you have to work WITH if you are a member of the GOP: The lunatic TEA Party; Grover Norquist; The Koch brothers; ALEC; any corporate entity; any fundamentalist group; and the NRA.

    Face it, the GOP no longer works for the vast majority of Americans, just the special interests that line their pockets.

    May 9, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |

    Scott Brown is in the back pocket of Wall St. He's the definition of a Manchurian candidate.

    May 9, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. george of the jungle

    now another repo flip flopping around. They don't want to have to say anything . Vote this clown out. Warren will be fair and work on womans issues. Vote obama 2012

    May 9, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    A not-so-stupid former republican
    What does it say for his candidacy when Brown is afraid to claim that he is a republican?
    Go back and read the article. He talks about the Independent majority supporting himself and his independent minded Republican rather than a radical liberal like Elizabeth Warren who would follow the Democratic Party line regardless of the interests of Massachusetts citizens.

    May 9, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Dan J

    The stats don't lie. He barely votes with his own party half the time. He has a record, and it is clearly moderate and independent. Warren does not have that record.

    May 9, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Independant Texan

    Show us what you`ve got Scottie---- you`ve done it before. -- How in good conscious can these ultra-right wingnuts vote for him and still not be hypocritical ?????

    May 9, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. John in Brooklyn

    I guess his campaign is convinced of the idea that if you tell a lie frequently and loud becomes the truth. Brown is no more independent than any of the other lockstep, jack boot Republicans in the Senate. He's the type of Senator that led Olympia Snowe to get disgusted and quit.

    May 9, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |