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Thursday, June 15, 2006 

Brown Pushes Progressive Vision

Via CQPolitics
... Thinking Globally, Aiming Locally: Brown addressed a panel entitled “The Global Deficit: Good Jobs in a Global Economy.” That was fitting for Brown, who is best known in Congress for his staunch opposition to trade pacts that he says have sent Americans’ jobs overseas, battered the nation’s manufacturing sector and worsened the trade deficit.

More generally, Brown said that “progressives” should take definite stands rather than blurring differences with GOP opponents on policy issues. Brown dismissed that as “Republican lite,” and instead exhorted liberals to highlight their differences with their opponents. “Make the sharp contrast between what they have done and a bold, progressive version of what progressives can do,” Brown said.

This is not a risk-free pronouncement for Brown, who is running for the Senate in a swing state that narrowly favored President Bush in the 2004 election. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, in a statement Wednesday, said that Brown “must feel right at home with the liberal elites at the conference” but that his “liberal credentials” would not play well in Ohio.

Brown argued, though, that his views on a host of issues — supporting an increase in the minimum wage, overhauling the Medicare prescription drug program and opposing the Iraq war — actually are in the mainstream of political thought.

“On issue after issue after issue, I’m exactly as progressives are, exactly where the public is,” Brown said

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