NewsNation | August 21, 2012
>> republicans who called for todd akin to step down from the u.s. senate race in missouri was current massachusetts senator scott brown . one person who turned the criticism back on senator brown was tony perkins of the family research council who said brown should be careful and, quote, has been off the reservation on a number of republican issues, conservative issues i should say. his support among conservatives shallow. those are perkins' words. joining me from boston, noah berman, state house reporter for the boston globe . thank you for your time.
>> thanks for having me.
>> tony perkins turning ice ire on senator brown . this is not the first time. early on you had tea party members sending warning shots to scott brown and they would turn on him at any moment.
>> scott brown 's campaign might be sending a box of chocolates to tony perkins . he's not a guy that will win a lot of votes in massachusetts , tony perkins and scott brown 's been trying hard to prove meese independent national part of the national republican party but scott brown republican. so when somebody who is on the conservative wing of the republican party is criticizing him for not being conservative enough that plays into scott brown 's message here in massachusetts .
>> scott brown 's statement at beginning of all of this, said there is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. not only should he apologize but i believe akin's statement so far out of bounds he should resign from the nomination. to your point, someone like tony perkins coming out against scott brown on paper and any other way you think about it should help. what is tony perkins talking about the vail warning to scott brown .
>> it was a warning to send out to the national party , you know, no those who might follow scott brown . a number have ignored it. the establishment basically followed suit with what brown said. but for brown 's perspective, those has been another example of a case where something could have really hurt him and he's gotten out ahead of it. and managed to prevent the kind of attacks the democrats have been lodging against him that he's in lock step with the national republican party . he was actually out calling for akin to resign from the race before warren got a statement out criticizing brown . she was left to say, well, brown is supporting the national party which supports people like akin which supports policies that hurt women. but that's not quite the same argument as being able to say, scott brown supports akin. in fact, scott brown is, you know, in favor of abortion rights . he insulated himself before anybody could really lodge a clear attack on him.
>> thank you so much. we