Though his win last year “was heralded as an early victory for the tea party, Sen. Scott Brown said Tuesday that he doesn’t think of himself as part of the movement,” POLITICO reports.
“I’m a Republican, period,” the Massachusetts senator said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I have respect for the tea party. I’m a fiscal conservative – I always have been. When you talk about national security, I’m a hawk, probably more than anybody that I know in Massachusetts.”
On other issues, however, Brown said, “I’m not a social crusader. I’m going to keep an open mind on each and every issue.”
Here’s a similar quote to USA TODAY:
Is he a Tea Partier?
"No, I’m a Republican from Massachusetts," Brown said in an interview with USA TODAY about his new book, Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances.
He calls himself "a Scott Brown Republican" — focused on jobs, the economy and national defense, and a fiscal hawk.