I hope that GOP candidates across the country are paying attention to Scott Brown’s bid to succeed Teddy Kennedy in the United States Senate. And not just to see how a Republican can run in a “blue” state, but also to see how a Republican should run for office. Brown has kept his focus on fiscal and national security issues as this clip from last night’s On the Record with Greta van Susteren shows:
Not that not once, but twice in this seven-minute interview does he pause to call his opponent a “good” person who happens to be “wrong on the issues”. He shows similar class (about 5 minutes into this clip) when asked about the late Senator Kennedy. Instead of faulting that liberal lion for his left-wing views, he praises him for his constituent services. He has refrained from attacking his opponents or engaging in that Washington pattern of “always looking for somebody else to blame.”
Classy guy that Scott Brown.
Other Republicans would do well to follow Brown’slead when asked about President Obama, praising perhaps that Democrat’s story while criticizing his policies, daring to call their opponents good people.
And note what he defines is the biggest difference between himself and his opponent: “taxing and spending.” Nice to see a GOP candidate recognizing that as the key difference between the parties. Given Brown’s record, I trust this Republican will remember that once he arrives in our nation’s capital.