The Rachel Maddow Show | October 01, 2012
>> i'm going to get in trouble when i get home.
>> that was scott brown the night he won the special election to fill the massachusetts senate seat two and a half years ago. right now in trying to get reelected, he faces a deficit among women voters of about 12 points . interestingly though, the most politically damaging thing about that awkward introduction to the national political universe might not have been what mr. brown said about his daughters while they tried to make him stop, but what happened right before that.
>> scott brown 's victory is a shot heard around the world . here he is, the united states senator from massachusetts , scott brown .
>> the man who introduced scott brown at his victory party was his dear friend and political ally mitt romney . these days if you went by massachusetts politics, if you only had massachusetts media fed into your home, you'd have no idea that the same guy was running for president. today was the second debate between scott brown and elizabeth warren . two things you'll remember in the first debate. the first the vee mans he attacked elizabeth warren on the basis of race in the first debate saying he could tell by looking at the law professor that she wasn't really native american . that was followed up by two scott brown tv ads attacking elizabeth warren on the basis of race. it was also followed by a bunch of scott brown staffers mocking native americans with fake war whoops and tomahawk chops. tonight he addressed the same controversy and kept arguing that race is relevant and a decision the voters have to make. he still did not apologize for staffers making fun of native americans even though the cherokee tribe chief asked him to. you know, other than just by looking at her. the other surprising thing from the first debate was that the name mitt romney was never mentioned in that first debate. mitt romney who was the governor of massachusetts who introduced scott brown , who once ran for senate himself, whose campaign senior adviser is also scott brown 's campaign senior adviser, and the guy who is the republican nominee for president, he was never mentioned in the first debate. but tonight that oversight was remedied.
>> this is a quote from you. when it it comes to dealing with economic issue, there's no one i would trust more than mitt romney . would you be an ally yb.
>> you pointed out about the dysfunctionalty of washington. when i went down there, i thought it was dysfunctional and when i got there, it's worse. you see it every day. that's why i'm taking great pride and speaking to the independent voters of massachusetts . i vote about 50% with my party and 50% with the democratic party . that's different than what professor warren would do. i don't work for anybody. i don't work for president obama or mitt romney or harry reid .
>> it is striking that you support governor romney for president, i assume?
>> as i said, when it comes to dealing with economic issues, absolutely. but we're two different people.
>> but you'd be a reliable ally when it comes to the economic plans?
>> on his economic plan? you said there was no one i'd trust more than romney.
>> a lot of people don't read the bills down there.
>> his reluctance to pledge allegiance may have something to do with this. the two polls showing he who should not be named losing to president obama in massachusetts by 27 points and 28 points in the two latest polls. barney frank was at the debate. he joins us next. [