Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown told Iowa Republicans on Tuesday that last year's elections had made Democrats "comfortable, overconfident, and overrated" and ripe for defeating in next year's congressional runoffs.
"They speak as if they are now the permanent governing class, and we’d all better get used to it," Brown told more than 300 attendees to the Ronald Reagan Dinner sponsored by the Scott County Republican Party in Bettendorf. "When they discuss 2016 and the presidency, it’s just a question of which Democrat is next in line.
"They talk as if they just can’t lose," Brown added. "I've seen how a comfortable establishment can be made uncomfortable in a hurry.
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"Not only can we replace Tom Harkin with a Republican, we can win back a majority of the United States Senate," he said.
Harkin, 73, is retiring after five terms in the Senate. The GOP is targeting the seat as it seeks to take control of the Senate next year.
Brown, who won the 2010 special election in the blue state to finish Sen. Ted Kennedy's term before losing last year to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, recently formed the People's Seat PAC in New Hampshire.
The move has suggested that he might challenge Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen next year.
Brown told Iowans that the year he won, "the voters sent 63 new Republicans to the House, and that brought an end to one-party rule in Washington.
"We showed will and heart, and we spoke for a majority," Brown added. "Next time around, let’s offer America the clearest of choices, let’s take our best shot — and across this country, let’s run to win."
Perhaps one of the best ways of doing that, he said, was keeping up the attacks on Obamacare.
"It’s bad all around, and I voted three times to repeal it," Brown said. "Today, the unions don’t want it. The middle class is sick of hearing about it. The original cost estimates are a joke. It’s turning full-time jobs into part-time jobs.
"And more than anything else, the underhanded way that the program was forced into law explains the nasty atmosphere in Washington.
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"Yes, as the Democratic leadership likes to say, 'Obamacare is the law because elections have consequences,'" Brown added. "But false and misleading promises also have consequences too. And the party that put everything on the line for that takeover of healthcare is going to have a lot to answer for."
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