Spinners and Winners
The Massachusetts senate race is one of the most important to Republicans keen on recapturing control of the Senate. But incumbent GOP Sen. Scott Brown says it doesn't much matter to him which party wins the majority in Washington.
"For me it doesn't really matter who's in charge," says the junior senator, who adds the real problem is the dwindling number of moderate Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.
"You still need to get to 60 votes," says Brown. "I'm tired of the gridlock. It makes me just so disgusted to walk in there and see, you know, the usual spotting on votes on both sides."
Brown says if Republicans gain control of the Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the current minority leader, will still have to "earn my vote."
"I'm not going to be happy with the gridlock that we've had, so I'm going to wait and see and see who emerges, see if anyone's going to challenge him, and then I'll figure it out," says the junior senator, who agrees that McConnell bears some of the blame for the constant obstruction.
Brown's Democratic challenger is Elizabeth Warren, who enjoyed early support from Democrats thanks to a video of her speaking on fair taxation and debt.
"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody," Warren says in the video, which appeared online late last year. "You built a factory out there, good for you, but I want to be clear, you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you all were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for."
Brown says that video has helped his campaign.
"It's actually galvanized the small business owners and the people that are out there working hard and getting up in the middle of the night or early in the morning and providing services. Third, fourth, fifth generation businesses, they're deeply offended and they're voting for me."
For more on Sen. Scott Brown, including the junior senator's views on the Supreme Court, and banning outside groups such as SuperPACs from this Massachusetts senate race, check out today's Spinners and Winners. And check out tomorrow's episode for an interview with Brown's challenger, Elizabeth Warren.
ABC News' Sunlen Miller contributed to this episode.
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