Senator Scott Brown sought to get a two-day bounce from his re-election announcement, releasing a web video today that lays the foundation for his formal declaration speech tomorrow.
The spot is heavy on the biographical details that propelled his victory in the Jan. 19, 2010, special election to replace the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and it includes Brown touting a bipartisan style of politics rooted in his Republican service in heavily Democratic Massachusetts.
“I look at each issue on the merits, and then I vote accordingly,” he says in the video, entitled, “Scott Brown: An Independent Voice.” “I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or Republican. You know what? We’re Americans first, and I’m willing to work with any person of goodwill to get things done.”
The video also includes photos of Brown returning from a week’s worth of duty he requested in Afghanistan last summer. The senator notes his 32 years of service in the Massachusetts National Guard and adds: “Let me tell you - it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Tomorrow is the two-year anniversary of his victory over Democrat Martha Coakley. Brown is now seeking his first full, six-year term.
Brown has already declared himself an underdog in the race, which is expected to result in a showdown with Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren after the Democratic primary campaign.
The senator plays up that belief in the video.
“My whole life has been about beating the odds, plain and simple,” Brown says, recalling his childhood in a broken home. “Whatever this race brings, I’ll be ready to take it on, especially with your help, because with you in my corner, I’m confident we can do great things together.”
He delivers his speech at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.
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