'I'm a Scott Brown Republican'
Mass. senator emphasizes pro-choice stance, won't toe GOP line
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2010 11:00 AM CST
Republican Sen.-elect Scott Brown speaks to a reporter at his state senate office in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)
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(Newser) – Massachusetts' soon-to-be junior senator Scott Brown made his debut on the Sunday morning talk scene today, Politico reports, emphasizing his pro-choice stance, calling for the health bill to be scrapped, and warning fellow Republicans he'll "make his own decisions in Washington." Asked about his 2012 ambitions on This Week, he demurred: "I don’t even have a business card." And by the way, reports the AP, he'd like daughter Ayla to get another crack on American Idol.

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