Scott Brown: Obama right to refocus on economy

By Glen Johnson AP Political Writer / January 26, 2010

Obama blames Bush for Scott Brown victory

President Obama shifts gears in Scott Brown era

(AP)  BOSTON—Republican Scott Brown said Tuesday he is eager to sit down with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the message in last week’s special election that saw him upset the Democrats and claim the seat held by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

Voters showed they want the nation’s political leadership focused on job creation, Brown said, and he commended the White House for shifting its focus back to the economy after his election halted momentum on a planned health care overhaul.

“I think it’s a microcosm of what’s happening nationally, when people are very concerned about work,” the senator-elect said of his victory. “We’re the best country in the world, and people, they want to work. And right now we’re not working. I think it’s good he’s shifted gears and is going to focus on the economy and jobs.”

Brown also commended the president for calling for a three-year freeze in some federal discretionary spending.

“I think it’s a good first step, and you need to start with baby steps. I’m hopeful that they’ll ultimately do more. But anytime you can look at spending, I think that’s one of the basic problems,” he said.

Brown beat Attorney General Martha Coakley to claim a seat Kennedy and the Democratic Party held for over a half-century. With the win, he became the 41st Senate vote the GOP needs to uphold a filibuster of White House proposals.

The senator-elect is now targeting Feb. 11 for his swearing-in.  Aides are using that date as they plan staff hiring and the state senator’s move from the Massachusetts Statehouse to the U.S. Capitol.  More…


One Response

  1. This is for Senator elect Brown—I prayed that you would win and God answered my prayer. I think that Americans just want to get back to work and live and enjoy the Greatest country on earth!!! I find that most all people just want to feel safe and knowing that someone is there to keep us safe.
    I told my son, ‘A star is born.’ And we will see more of him because he shares our pain and wants to do the will of the people, Washington is supposed to work for we the people and somehow someone has forgotten that. An oath was taken to protect us and to fight for the will of the people and somewhere along the line Washington has forgotten that.
    I am against making cuts to Medicare—find the fraud and the crooks in the medical profession and you will be able to give other people health care but I want to know that when I need Health care that I will not be denied—we are human beings and deserve to be treated with dignity.
    Senator Brown I only wish the best for you –put God first and you will go far.

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