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Scott Brown says Mitt Romney’s seriousness is right formula for now

Throughout the presidential campaign, friends and colleagues of Mitt Romney have rejected the perception that the GOP frontrunner is overly staid, claiming Romney is fun and engaging in familiar company. But US Senator Scott Brown offered a different defense Monday night: Romney’s sober demeanor is a good thing.

“Sometimes you need somebody who’s just focused on the economy,” Brown said during an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN. “They don’t tell a lot of good jokes; they’re not trying to yuck it up. This is very serious times; we need serious people, and that’s why I’m supporting Governor Romney.”

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Brown, a Republican seeking re-election in November, declared his support for Romney’s candidacy almost two years ago.

Morgan, who interviewed Rick Santorum’s wife Karen earlier in his program, said Romney’s chief rival for the Republican nomination “has a way of bringing his personality forward in a way that Mitt Romney struggles to.”

“What is the side that we don’t see of Mitt Romney?” Morgan asked Brown.

Brown did vouch for Romney’s “great sense of humor” but mostly downplayed the importance of “the side we don’t see.”

“I know that when it comes to dealing with the economic issues, there’s no one I would trust more than Governor Romney,” Brown said. “Because we’re in a financial emergency, and we need people who are going to make very tough decisions and have the experience to get us out of this economic mess we’re in.”

Callum Borchers can be reached at callum.borchers@gmail.com.

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