Scott Brown: It’s not Ted Kennedy’s seat. It’s the people’s seat
At the Massachusetts Senate debate held on Monday moderator David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst and a professor of communication at the Harvard Kennedy School, asked Republican candidate Scott Brown whether he'd be willing to "sit in Teddy Kennedy's seat and [say] I'm going to be the person who's going to block it [liberal health care policy] for another 15 years."
Brown, refusing to take for granted Gergen's blatantly left-wing premises, responded instead: "Well, with all due respect it's not the Kennedys' seat, and it's not the Democrats' seat, it's the people's seat." (video below, as well as Brown's interview with Sean Hannity at Fox News).
The two major party candidates, Republican Scott P. Brown (State Senator from Wrentham) and Democrat Martha M. Coakley (Massachusetts Attorney General), are in wide disagreement on several key issues, including the war in Afghanistan, health care and the environment. Brown is a fiscal conservative who is concerned about the effects of taxes on family incomes. Coakley is liberal and worries about government's role in taking care of the vulnerable.
The 2010 United States Senate special election in Massachusetts will take place on January 19, 2010. It will be a special election to fill the Massachusetts Class I Senate seat, for the remainder of the term ending January 3, 2013. The vacancy was created by the death of Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy on August 25, 2009.
This election is an unusual opportunity for the Republican Party. People of Massacussetts will decide whether to give Democrat Martha Coakley the 60th vote in the U.S. Senate or to give to the Republicans the 41st vote.
Republican Scott Brown is in striking range of Martha Coakley for the Senate seat once held by the late Ted Kennedy and now held by appointed interim Senator Paul Kirk. Massachusetts is not a Republican-friendly state. It voted for Obama over McCain by 26%. There are no Republicans in the ten-member U.S House delegation. In the state legislature, Democrats control 90% of the seats. They used that majority to change the state law and allow the Democratic Governor Deval Patrick to appoint an immediate replacement for Kennedy in the period before a special election was held, allowing Democrats to maintain the 60th Senate seat and break the GOP filibuster on health care reform.