Scott Brown Visits With Auburn Seniors

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Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) shook hands at the Auburn Senior Center on Thursday. Looking on is his wife, Gail Huff.
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) shook hands at the Auburn Senior Center on Thursday. Looking on is his wife, Gail Huff. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey

AUBURN, Mass. – U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) made an appearance in Auburn on Thursday morning at the Board of Health’s public flu clinic for seniors.

The Massachusetts Republican, who is in a tight re-election battle with Democratic challenger and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren, stopped by the Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center on Oct. 18, shaking hands with seniors in his second Auburn visit in four months.

“We’re visiting senior facilities in particular because we really need to keep the promise with our seniors when it comes to Medicare,” Brown said. “The national healthcare bill is proposing almost three-quarters of a trillion dollars in Medicare cuts. That’s something that my opponent supports, and I don’t.

“When anyone says that those benefits and services aren’t going to be affected, it’s misleading,” Brown added. “And that’s why I’ve been working very hard to make sure that we do not have that implemented because it dramatically would affect the care and coverage that our seniors get.”

When Brown served in the Massachusetts Statehouse, he became close friends with state Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn), whom Brown called a “real leader in this town.”

Frost was quite pleased to see Brown at the Senior Center on Thursday.

“It really shows his commitment to our region of the state,” Frost said. “This is not his first visit to town. He’s come to Auburn a couple times now, specifically in July at the coffee shop in town. I can’t recall the last time a United States Senator from Massachusetts has ever been so visible and active.

“He’s been everywhere,” Frost added.  “He’s really changed the dynamic for what a U.S. Senator does. I’m sorry, but our other U.S. Senators in the past were never so available. He’s shaking everyone’s hands, he’s talking to everybody, he’s approachable, he’s accessible, he’s personable and that means a lot.”  

Steve Simonian, a Republican running for state Senate in the 2nd Worcester District against Democratic incumbent Mike Moore, agreed with Frost.

“It’s great that someone who’s as busy as he is spends so much time meeting the people,” Simonian said. “Imagine the things that he is responsible for right now and he still finds the time to do all these visits. More politicians should do that.”

Wayne Page of the Council on Aging said that since the Senior Center is a municipal building, Brown could only shake hands and introduce himself but not advocate for his re-election.    

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Do you really think more politicians should make such visits? It seems to me that he only did it so he could win more votes. If he would visit the seniors without an entire troupe of journalists behind him to capture the hand shaking moment, I would be inclined to believe that he actually cares about those people, but right now what I do see is just another politician trying to win the election, nothing more. We all have elderly parents needing special care, and seeing the kind of attention they receive during election times is a bit annoying, why don't they show the same interest all year round?

As Joe Biden said, which party do you trust on Medicare, Democrats who have fought to protect it or Republicans like Paul Ryan who would voucherize it?

Bait and switch. We do remember what Rebublicans said during their primary even though Romney and Brown are scuttling to the center now.

Don't swallow Brown's rhetoric. He can say he's pro-choice but he voted for the Blunt amendment. He voted against three jobs bills, supports giving tax breaks to millionaires, voted to block the Buffet rule, has protected tax subsidies for Big Oil, co-sponsored legislation allowing employers to deny women health care coverage for birth control, voted along party lines and supported the Republican Party's radical budget-cutting proposals.

He has a voting record. Check it.

As phony as the day is long, I can't believe that the seniors (47% freeloaders as Romney calls them) would fall for this fake common man. Just look at the barncoat in the picture, it says it all. He probably left the range rover at home and showed up in the old truck as well. He'd throw granny over the cliff in a minute if John Boehner told him to.

It is misleading, The GOP leaders want to Cut MORE from Medicare! An extra $205 Billion.
From Bloombergs news on Aug 29, 2012 11:12 PM ET
"Ryan decried “$716 billion funneled out of Medicare by President Obama. An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for.” But the budget House Republicans passed this year, which Ryan wrote, keeps Barack Obama’s Medicare cuts and adds another $205 billion on top.
It's true the Republican budget repeals PPACA, so it doesn’t use the Medicare savings “to pay for a new entitlement.” But if Medicare cuts constitute the abrogation of “an obligation we have to our parents and grandparents,” presumably they’re not OK even if they aren’t used to pay for Medicaid expansion."