As President Obama’s campaign works to quell a controversy over his recent statement on entrepreneurship and small businesses, Sen. Scott Brown, Massachusetts Republican, has seized on them to bring attention to similar remarks made by his opponent, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren.
“People should know that Professor Warren made her statements a year ago — they’re almost verbatim — and the president got bad advice from Professor Warren, certainly,” Mr. Brown said Wednesday on “Fox and Friends.” “You’ll never see me demonizing our job creators.”
A new ad from Mr. Brown’s campaign overlays images of workers — from cooks to kids working lemonade stands — with laudatory commentary from presidents ranging from Bill Clinton to Ronald Reagan.
The ad then turns to Mr. Obama’s recent comments at an event in Virginia and a clip of Ms. Warren, a former instructor at Harvard, saying, “There is no one in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there, good for you, but I want to be clear: You moved your goods to market on the roads that we paid for.”
Mr. Brown rejected the suggestion the remarks were taken out of context and insisted Ms. Warren actually “doubled down” on her belief that there should be “more government interference.”
“It’s a very clear choice, and we have a choice in America,” the freshman Republican senator said.
The two are locked in one of the closest — and costliest — Senate races this cycle.
Meanwhile, the campaign for Ms. Warren, who helped found Mr. Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has pointed to some of Mr. Brown’s votes — including one against ending tax subsidies for oil companies — to demonstrate he’s not the middle-class champion he claims to be.
But Mr. Brown defended his voting record, noting that he has been rated the second most bipartisan senator on Capitol Hill.
“I read the bills, I understand them, see how they affect Massachusetts, our country, our debt and our deficit, and I vote,” he said. “Can you imagine a hundred Professor Warrens down there? A self-proclaimed rock-thrower who wants to leave blood and teeth on the floor?”