The Future of the GOP
Former Sen.Scott Brown (R-MA) talks with Alan about the sequester and the future of the Republican Party.
- Duration 10:04
- Date Feb 21, 2013
Former Sen.Scott Brown (R-MA) talks with Alan about the sequester and the future of the Republican Party.
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-- -- comes want to welcome to our microphones former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown hated senator thanks on the program tonight.
Appreciate it very much welcome to Fox News by the way.
You miss being in the senate.
Miss certain parts that are certainly don't -- the gridlock in the gamesmanship and the lack of problem solving that's going on I don't -- -- -- all six.
By having people step outside their comfort zone and cannot vote at a 100% of their party I was about 5050.
There's block of people in the middle it's.
-- -- -- that have blocked it actually got you to that sixty vote threshold that obviously deal with obviously.
-- -- cloture and and filibuster and that that that -- out of the medals dwindling -- negative extremes on the left and the right and a lot of gridlock.
It Susan Collins -- -- you know Olympia snow left.
-- -- Every senator Lugar left Bloomberg yeah it became kind of yeah Bennett -- Utah was not conservative enough for the -- -- yeah.
I'll always that amazing I mean I mean you -- -- both sides.
Yeah let's play I got a bit it's being from Massachusetts where -- where we have 11% of our law and -- has Republicans.
Even within Massachusetts Syria but obviously the Tea Party with the fiscal conservative social conservatives moderates and liberals and if -- -- it pure enough.
Then you know that they won't work for you -- that's that's one of the this topic so I think you're gonna talk about what -- you know where's our party going by exit from the beginning.
Boeing and our state but in the throughout the country need to be a larger tent party we need to be tolerant of each other's views I'm not from South Carolina or Alabama -- -- -- from Massachusetts.
I was born Diana -- differently different beliefs but you know I'm I'm a fiscal conservative -- my fiscal conservatism -- put up against anybody's.
What it comes to some the other issues -- maybe more moderate and there is more liberal Republicans and me.
But you know I grew up in New York in the days of Rockefeller and Rockefeller Republican which you might fall into that category in some ways I guess -- -- don't have a younger generation.
Of Republicans who don't care so much about the gay issue.
They're not hung up on the abortion issue they may be socially.
Moderate or even liberal but care about fiscal conservatism.
They keep the bigger they have very similar believes -- and that the people are because they're concerned about the fiscal and financial future of our country as I am and -- they are.
And and not have that larger tent philosophy I think it's it's going to be very traumatic and and obviously divisive for a party and looking at some problems in the future if we don't just an -- a little bit.
You think if -- run for the seat vacated by John Kerry you would want.
All the polls indicated it was -- by over 22 points and it wasn't a question of whether -- Would have won it was a question that it had a one which I I believe it would have had a pretty good chance.
I would have -- that not only reasonable fifteen to twenty million after -- raised 42 million in the last race.
But then that very next day thirteen months later would have had to reason -- that thirty to forty million dollars.
And has been -- quite frankly to go back there -- oh win there is no.
Effort to work on the things that matter most and putting our country first and act as Americans first.
It was very frustrating -- -- could do a better job here.
Being on your show and being on TV and and talking and challenging you know both sides start to put our country's interest.
Let's say it's -- it also keeps your face before the public in a time when you mean wanna jump back and run for another office right.
It doesn't hurt after.
I -- you talked about running for governor -- Massachusetts and certainly having executive experience like that would not hurt you in the long term.
Well let's and I have been doing president -- select and state -- states senate the United States senate -- thirty almost 34 years.
And the military and serving in the Pentagon right now I'd lose their last week I'm going again next week.
Yeah I think I have a different type of experience I try to bring it offensively and Scott Brown republicanism that's read the -- understand them.
You have effect Massachusetts our country -- definite steps that both periods -- -- other people -- that we wouldn't -- -- -- -- is so concerned about the next.
Election it's -- it's it's very frustrating.
Did you get a lot of push back with fellow senators more -- for more conservative senators did they give you a hard time when you're in the senate.
Well -- -- -- say that obviously they're very excited today when I first got there because I was the 41 vote bears stop obamacare and and so the whole host of things which you -- felt like did he would did what I could certainly with -- -- voted to repeal it.
I still think it's deadline I would vote to repeal it again.
And do what we did in Massachusetts and allows states to make that -- determination.
I remember when I took a boat that the one of the conservative members didn't -- she tweeted out from the senate floor.
The fact that I had that it's of them not only am I battling the left.
Now back on the far right and then people say here.
There -- you're this you're that and that but -- never promised anybody getting things that that are being an independent voice them.
Nothing good guys like me to put up was right in and believe -- apart.
I treat everybody -- dignity respect him and I don't mind battling that you know when when you're just gonna throw things there's a -- respect ideological purposes as there's forget about it.
-- -- the sequester in what what happens march 1 and you think it's as dire as some predict.
And is -- any one party over the other -- blame for this.
Well I I think.
I hope you explain to the viewers visit here in Massachusetts and throughout the country people don't understand how he got to that point -- you if you remember we got there because.
Of the fact that we were in default.
How are about to go in default and has as a result of that we had to step back -- satisfy the credit rating agencies.
So the president came up with a plan that was pushed by Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid saying that we you know we're gonna -- back and do one point two trillion dollars worth of cuts.
And then there was representation -- to all the members don't worry.
But let's do it we're gonna we're gonna get a committee of 126 and 6000 -- And we're gonna we're gonna make sure that these -- -- -- that everybody is agreed album ever gone to a fed up.
So that was the over a year ago -- -- -- feel they should have been another.
Well here we are they going to be hurtful let me tell you had been in the Pentagon now for five weeks -- -- my military job.
And that's all they're talking about instead of focusing on Afghanistan and Syria North Korea the focusing on who's going to be left off.
Sir let go -- how we -- I would do liberties union contractual obligations.
How it is going to be a dramatic and I agree with the matters it would it's going to be devastating an -- for the -- men and -- matters serving.
But the people that are supporting the military plus all the way down to -- supply line of contractors and and providers follow it down to the smallest one.
When you think it's likely sometime in March they come to a decision before the cuts really have.
Under an agreement.
That's that's a good point -- like street pier with colleagues regularly and try to do my own due diligence and bottom line is I think what will happen is.
It will go into effect will be the blame game the president authority started obviously Harry -- -- -- start -- and then you know get personal.
Yeah yeah yeah -- in this sport employing Americans -- and everybody right.
So they'll it'll go on that they'll prove a point they'll get the -- it's out of -- and then.
I would anticipate that -- will find a way to come up with probably.
45 -- sixty.
Billions to put back into it for this first year but then what do we do for the remaining nine years -- that what I would do -- that I would actually.
-- the committees and that's what the committee chairman and ranking members therefore.
-- by the way -- cutting one point two trillion dollars your job is to come up.
The big appropriate -- of all -- committees -- you have jurisdiction over.
-- we're gonna do it in a month and by the way we're not going home on weekends and and -- that we there's no vacations.
That's what Harry Reid should do he should let the committees could there's no committee involvement they don't have.
Bill would go through the committee process usually -- brings them up.
He -- for cloture files so we amendment tree shuts up and he tries to ram it through them -- people that it's like insert Asia.
When that big banner read I tell you don't think he's an effective leader.
Well I initially we -- he was he changed up he changed after.
My -- wasn't needed this the 41 vote we had 47.
People when he -- things come up.
If for example the stock act.
Which is the insider trading bill and other bills the crowd funding bill other things -- let them come up we debate -- for more than an hour.
-- -- almost unanimously.
So yeah I'm not a fan of what's going on down there with the -- leader course.
Would you be supporting chuck take -- -- here in the senate.
Yeah I -- -- -- with great -- diligence on his testimony and it was.
There were certain questions that I expect it needed to be answered -- thought -- been answered essentially provided appropriate documentation.
He you know I would.
I'm still up in the air even now even though not they are you sure you I'm not sure for -- go over 90% of the president's.
Not only judges but obviously his cabinet picks and another so you know I'm not one of those guys just -- people up that I wanna make sure especially.
I wanna make sure he's -- the token Republican that thrown out there -- make the cut from the defense and then you know have a below the Republican.
And that's really about thirty seconds left when regulating them back on this program to announce for government.
And they are actually enjoying my breath do you expect I think you're gonna.
Well as a senator really -- -- -- -- programs and I have to talk to again thank you Greg you can't make you an excellent choice but thank you amendments on senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts.
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