07/12/2013 02:44 pm ET

Scott Brown Says He Could Have Won In 2012 By Focusing On Elizabeth Warren's 'Character Flaws'


Former Sen. Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Republican who lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012, said he believes he would have been victorious if he had attacked his opponent's character more during the race.

The Boston Globe reports that Brown, speaking at a country club in Cape Cod this week, said he had hoped Massachusetts voters would have been harder on Warren after she admitted to listing herself as person of Native American descent in law school directories. A genealogist later revealed that Warren's claim was barely accurate: her great-great-great grandmother claimed Cherokee heritage in the 1890s.

"I was a little surprised that people didn’t take into consideration her character flaws more,” Brown said, according to the Globe.

Brown also lamented that fellow Massachusetts Republican Mitt Romney had not campaigned more actively in the Bay State while he was running for president. Romney lost his home state by 23 percentage points to President Barack Obama, while Brown lost to Warren by eight points.

Earlier this year, Brown declined to run for the Senate seat vacated by now-Secretary of State John Kerry. At the country club event this week, he said he will make a decision this fall on whether to run to replace Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) in next year's election.



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