The Washington Times - November 13, 2013, 07:53AM

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, while on a jaunt to Iowa to speak at a Republican fundraiser, said that “demonizing and criticizing others” isn’t the path to victory and Republicans must promote problem-solving and civility.

“I’m a Scott Brown Republican,” Mr. Brown said in an interview with Radio Iowa. “I always have been. I’ve always been my own person. I set my own path. I do my own things, and what I’ve found is that there are great people on almost every side of every issue, and I treat those people with dignity and respect. I find a way to find the common ground, if possible, and move forward.”


Mr. Brown, who won a special election for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts in 2010 before losing last year to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, has been mentioned as a possible Senate contender in New Hampshire, though he said he’s “not sure” what his political future might be.

Some conservatives have hinted that Republicans from northeastern states like Massachusetts might not play well in places like Iowa. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, for example, said that a conservative in a blue state like New Jersey isn’t necessarily the same as a conservative from solidly red Texas.

Mr. Brown dismissed such talk.

“I don’t remember taking a test or anyone that has a test that says what a true Republican is, ‘cause I’ve been a Republican since I was 18 years old,” Mr. Brown said. “My first election, I think I voted for Ronald Reagan. Who’s to tell me that I’m not a Republican? I find it, quite frankly, offensive.”