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Brown invokes Ted Kennedy on birth control

Democrats say statements stretch ex-senator’s ideas

When he was running to fill the office left vacant by the death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Republican Scott Brown famously declared: “It’s not the Kennedy seat. And it’s not the Democrats’ seat. It’s the people’s seat.’’

Yet as he seeks to win a full six-year term, the freshman Massachusetts senator has been quick to invoke the legacy of the late “liberal lion’’ - never more vigorously than during the fight in Washington over whether to exempt religiously affiliated institutions from mandated birth control coverage.

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