Thursday October 25, 2012

WATERTOWN (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Scott Brown hit the campaign trail with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday, casting himself as a bipartisan pragmatist as he was again forced to distance himself from comments made by a fellow Republican Senate candidate.

At a campaign stop at a restaurant in Watertown, Christie praised Brown as a problem-solver and called challenger Eliza beth Warren a member of the "partisan liberal Democratic elite" who will feed the nation’s political divisiveness.

"If that’s the kind of Washington you want then you’ve got the perfect choice on the ballot. You should vote for Professor Warren," said Christie, also a Republican. "She won’t even look across the aisle, let alone reach across the aisle."

Brown said he was honored to have Christie’s support.

Warren also had a big name coming to town. Singer-songwriter James Taylor performed in Boston to support Warren’s campaign Wednesday night.

Brown also found himself forced to react to comments made by Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said during a Tuesday night debate that he believes when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, "that’s something God intended."

"It’s not what I believe," Brown said. "I am a pro-choice Republican and that’s not what I believe and I disagree with what he said.


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Asked if he still supported Mourdock’s candidacy, Brown added: "Listen, it’s up to the people of Indiana, certainly."

Mourdock’s comment recalled Mis souri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin’s remark this summer about rape and pregnancy. Akin said in an August interview that women’s bodies have ways of preventing pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape."

Brown called Akin’s comments "outrageous, inappropriate and wrong" at the time and said he should resign as the party’s Senate nominee.

Warren called Mourdock’s comments "a chilling reminder of the voices that will be empowered if Republicans take over the United States Senate" during a campaign stop at a bookstore in Dedham.

"Sen. Brown is working to empower the voices of people like Mr. Mourdock," she added.