By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown took a jab at opponent Elizabeth Warren on a Boston radio station on Thursday, saying “Thank God” to Warren’s comment that she kept her clothes on to pay for her college education.

In response, Warren said, “I will survive a few jabs from Scott Brown over my appearance. ”

Back on Tuesday, Warren was asked in the Democratic debate, “To help pay for his law education, Scott Brown posed for Cosmo.  How did you pay for your college education?”

Warren responded, “I kept my clothes on.”

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.

Thursday on WZLX, Sen. Brown was asked, “Have you officially responded to Elizabeth Warren’s comment about how she didn’t take her clothes off?”  Senator Brown laughed and responded, “Thank God.”

But, not everyone thinks it’s so funny.

“I thought it was pretty rude. I get what she said was a little derogatory, but she didn’t slam his looks. He made her sound ugly. Inappropriate, especially when you’re running for office,”  said Julie Kavanagh.

Brown’s team claims Warren is an elitist and is making light of the way the Senator overcame a tough childhood.

“The bottom line is I didn’t go to Harvard, I went to the ‘School of Hard Knocks,’ and I did whatever I had to do to pay for school,” Brown said on the radio interview.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Laurie Kirby reports.

But, Elizabeth Warren didn’t go to Harvard either. She works there, but she went to the University of Houston and Rutgers Law School. Sen. Brown went to Tufts, and BC Law.

Warren stands by her comments.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports

“I answered a question about how I paid for college.  I worked a lot of part-time jobs.  And actually one full-time job,” said Warren. “I worked my way through college and I respect anyone who did the same.”

Thursday night, Senator Brown appeared on NightSide with Dan Rea on WBZ NewsRadio 1030, and stood by his comments.

“She was obviously was joking when she made it, and I in turn joked right back,” says Brown. “I felt it was really not appropriate to make light of those difficult decisions I made.”


Comments (56)
  1. Nick says:

    Wow! What a stupid thing to say. I have no issue with Scott Brown’s “best opportunity,” but I think this remark was extremely inappropriate, mysogyinistic, and arrogant.

    1. Jane Moore says:

      Scott Brown is the one to win this election. She’s not even from Massachusetts…she’s from Oklahoma!! I don’t want her as my Senator…she was sent to Boston by Obama to run for this Senate seat because they want it back.
      I think many of us deserve to have an Independent Republican who is open minded. Not another left wing socialist in our Government. They are running things now…and look where we are heading.

      1. petem says:

        Are you really that dumb or is it the Republican in you coming out? ‘she was sent to Boston by Obama’?
        The woman was a Harvard professor before Mr. Obama asked her to go to DC & now that she has completed that assignment, she has returned.
        Are you suggesting that only MA born folks should be eligible to run?

      2. nancy says:

        I totally agree, and I believe she will not be able to defeat scott brown.

    2. Patricia Higgins says:

      I agreei with Nick’s comment on this matter.

    3. Bob Jenkins says:

      Come on, what is the big news here. Warren is a “CARPET BAGGER” Socialist that is running on her Harvard background. She is a proud Socalist in the mould of Obama, Castro, Chavez, and other Harvard Alum. She professes when she is back in Oklahoma that she will always be an OKIE. Her ties are to Socalism and Oklahoma. Why the heck would Massachusetts want her to represent them?

  2. Jim Jezowski says:

    Absolutely BRILLIANT. He just got my vote AGAIN! She had it coming with her snide backhand remark. Well she got b—h slapped for it.
    P.S. If I saw her naked, I would hope it wasn’t right after lunch.

    1. Italo says:

      I like Brown, he seems the type who’s not going to become a typical 21st century politician who becomes P.C.-paralyzed and feels compelled by his PR team to apologize or express regret for every nano-comment he has made. I also get the sense that although he’s in politics, it appears he’s also a “human being” — something that seems to allude most other politicians nowadays. Why should he apologize?

      I was undergrad at B.C. when he was in their grad Law school and that story came out in the College’s”Heights” newspaper. Good for him. He laughed all the way to his bank education saving account, and has turned out to appear to be anything but a “centerfold pretty body” in the present. If we each got 5 cents for every comment, image, reaction, or other miniscule thing in our lives we each find inappropriate or arrogant in some personal way these days, we’d all be freaking billionaires by the time we were 40 years old. Tell Warren and her constipated constituents to get over it.

      1. gramps says:

        Morning Italo,

        Well said!….PC’ers ARE also CC’ers,(Constipated Constituents) …..

        Political correctness is one of the biggest problems facing this country. America was a better place when we all knew how to laugh at ourselves & ‘Archie Bunker’…. as he pointed out our weaknesses every week…..


  3. Captain says:

    She opened the door and Sen. Brown walked in and slapped her down. Welcome to the bare knuckle world of politics, Ms. Warren.

  4. Jeff Eichorn says:

    Wow Nick. You got all of that from 2 words. Couldn’t have anything to do with Brown being a Republican could it. How about Warren’s holier than thou attitude in making her remark?

  5. gramps says:

    Scott, 1, Blonde 0….

    In a civics class, they were discussing the qualifications for becoming President of the United States. The requirements are pretty simple. The candidate must be a natural born citizen and at least 35 years old.

    A blonde girl in the class piped up and began complaining about how unfair it was to require the candidate to be a natural born citizen. In her opinion, that made it impossible for many qualified people to run for the office. She went on and on, wrapping up her argument with “What makes a natural born citizen more qualified to be President than one born by C-Section?”


  6. jaygee says:

    Scott is really in for it now. Such an innocent comeback, and a good one at that, will have all of the women who didn’t vote for him the first time, refusing to vote for him the second time.We have definately lost any sense of humor in this country, and no……..I didn’t vote for him. Anyone who takes themself seriously in politics is in big trouble.

  7. Carol Albert Klein says:

    Why didn’ the news cover her tacky response to the commentator. As a possible candidate she should have not put in her little quip and just answer that she waited tables?

  8. ARTHUR R TAYLOR says:



    1. blackbear1 says:

      What is all that supposed to mean? A southie sitting at a bar? He was asked a question; he responded. She gave the FIRST terse response. If David Letterman said this about a Republican candidate, it would have been ok. The media is responsible for getting off track and not focusing on issues.

      1. petem says:

        Her response to the question in the debate was far from TERSE…after the question was asked the audience laughed, and she simply said “I kept my clothes on”. What was terse about it?
        You are correct in saying though, that like almost everything nowadays, the media only focuses on the sensational or on something that they can sensationalize.
        My dad was a newspaper man all his life and hated this ridiculous waste of time because IT GETS US NOWHERE. I’m sure its the intended outcome of those who pull the strings behind the scenes, but we should be better than this..
        I’m very sad for my state and country.

  9. tsal says:

    Really – this is what people are focusing on instead of the issues? Along with the focus on an exchange that I like to believe was half in fun and two other very insulting comments with regard to women, it’s no wonder we are in a mess. And we blame the politicians.

    1. web says:

      tsal..most issues are too long and boring and quite frankly too difficult to address without 20 years to discuss. Jabs like these are when true personalities come out, when you can truly see the person behind the persona. It may sound trivial, but it’s when you can see a person as they really are, and how they really feel. Now, you can think about whether the remark was appropriate or not. Because even if you disagree with someone on an issue, if they are a person of character, you can feel confident that whatever they are doing is for the best, even if it’s not the exactly what you would do.

      1. Tsal says:

        Really People are judging another on a comment but not on posing nude. And I don’t care what off the cuff comment anyone makes. I only care about how they vote If that’s too long for people I’m more worried now than I was when I wrote my first comment.

  10. TheGOAT says:

    Sen Brown, brilliant. And just thinking about it, you saved the eyesight of many Ma. citizens

  11. Joe says:

    The comment seemed really innocent. People who don’t plan to vote for Brown will find any excuse. Get a life people. Just say the truth. TSAL is correct, “This is what people are focusing on instead of the issues?”

    1. Italo says:

      The media and pundits focusing on this and not on the real issues, also to me is an ironic bigger-picture example of the arrogance of our news culture: We know better than American voters what’s important to cover and discuss about their politics and politicians than the voters do — we’ll cover the sensationalism and not do stories on or ask the candidates about the real issues; we, the media, control and know best what counts, and it’s the Infotainment. Pretty sad, but increasingly true. The media and pundits are the ones, not we voters, who’ve become incredibly out-of-touch with the realities that we voters go through each day and vote about in elections.

      1. tsal says:

        Italo – excellent comment and absolutely true. It made national news this morning. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I listened to the exchange – both candidates seemed to be making their comments in a kidding manner.

        But the people of this country have an obligation to stop buying into the media hype too. Comments that something like this can actually make or break a vote are really very sad.

  12. justsayin' says:

    Warren lost my vote. 1) she is being sexist 2) she doesn’t get it not all of us can afford college .

    I want to know why brown would be considered sexist for fighting back? OH wait men aren’t allowed to fight back against remarks from women.

    1. Tsal says:

      What was sexist. I believe she didnt have the vote of anyone using this as an excuse to begin with so she doesn’t have a lot to worry about. It’d be like my saying I will not vote for brown because he posed nude. That’s a pathetic excuse

  13. Tom says:

    what a great comeback…he’s common folk which I like.

    1. Tsal says:

      Tom if he actually voted for common folk and didn’t support perks for the wealthy and big business I’d vote for him too.

      1. Jim Jezowski says:

        Tsal, the problem with Liberals and Dems in general, is they somehow think they have a right to someone else’s property. I bet 99% of people in either party will vote to give themselves someone else’s money over and over. That’s pretty much what you said above.

      2. Jim Jezowski says:

        Why Warren is wrong about ‘No one became rich alone’ I own a business, It costs me 50% MORE for tolls though the city. Libs point out that I use the roads more, so I should pay more.. I DO. EVERY TIME ONE OF MY VEHICLES GOES TO THE CITY, I PAY A TOLL, so I AM paying more even at the same price. I pay for what I use. If you go to the city once a month, you pay $3. If I go to the city every day, I pay $93. That sure looks like I am paying for what I use, so why should a Chevy HHR and a Dodge Caravan have to pay $4.50 to go over the Tobin? Because I own a company and the company can afford it? Sure, that’s just money that won’t be a raise for my employees, something Dems and Obama don’t seem to want to understand on the ‘soak the rich’ (P.S. I make LESS than 200k) is that I WON’T LOWER MY PAY. Its my a– on the line, my fall to happen if the company fails, so I WILL PAY MYSELF according to my risk level. If my company fails, you do realize I am not eligible for unemployment, right? SO, if my company has LESS TO SPEND, it will come from ANYWHERE but my paycheck.

      3. tsal says:

        Jim – OR the conservatives feel they have the right to everything. Can you please justify the top 1% receiving 80% of income increase in the past few decades? Can you justify the fact that the middle class has been stagnant for as many decades. No one is taking any more than is rightfully theirs except for the wealthy.

        If you use the road three times, you also degrade the road three times more – if I understand what you are saying. You can take all the risk you want. So let the rest of your business go and see exactly how far you get doing business.

        What the wealthy don’t understand is that they can hold onto their money all they darn well want but in the end they will be left with nothing also. It will just take them longer. Consumers drive 70% of the economy – that would be typical consumers since wealth contributes very little to the economy If there is no money contribute, there is no one to buy your goods. I don’t care how wealthy you are. The middle class is the foundation of this country. When it crumbles – like the foundation of a house – guess what goes next?

        As long as we have the mindset that top management can receive hundreds of times more than the worker bees, we will not improve – period. Welcome to America – home of the wealthy.

  14. taxedout says:

    She also ,supports the Gov on NOT having the Secure communites act. Heaven forbid someone who was jabbed says something back….

  15. nancy says:

    she looks like school teacher with no understanding of real people. scott is a real person with a common sense like regular people.

  16. pete says:

    Where’s everyone’s favorite uneducated liberal, Thomas Moore to chime in?

  17. vb says:

    The comment is disgusting and sexist. also, haha ‘scott brown is real people’ hahahahahahahhaha.

  18. emom says:

    Hell are we even surprised these days at what candidates will say and do… After all they rather MUD SLING , CAST STONES, RIP APART, BURY THEM IN WORTHLESSNESS, AND WELL FIND THAT ALMIGHTY SKELETON IN THAT CLOSET TO PROSECUTE them with…….. IN THE END what do we know,,, well we know alot of how they grew up, what they did as teens, who they slept with what college they attended, if they smoked a bong pipe, did NUDE PHOTOS and then published them,,,,, what they eat , drank, how many times as a teen or young adult they had relationships, how many times they moveed , what kind of car they drive, if they served in the war, Hell I bet some would they would count the times they released gas into the air and was polluting it,,( ah the gas from beans) who Knows what people look for …. bUT WHAT WE NEVER HEAR is what they plan on doing for the people, how they plan on helping the people, when they plan on helping us, what it will take to correct the problems how much they plan on sacraficing for them selfs but not sacraficing what the people need… ON NO NEVER ANYTHING WE WOULD WANT TO HEAR…. just like that intrerupted program today about some guy talking dribble about a bunch of nothing we hear but never gets done…..YAWN, BABBLE ,,,, DRIBBLE, ,,,,,, YADDA YADDDA DOOOOO NOTHING ATTITUDE,,,,, LA LA LA BLAH BLAH BLAH HAHAHAHAHA I JUST PULLED THE WOOL OVER THEIR EYES AND THEY BOUGHT IT… Yah WHO CARES THEY DONT…. I rather hear what they plan on doing for us instead of trash talking the candidates…. its too much and well to late….

  19. MJ says:

    Whine, whine, whine!!! Poor me! I had to take off my clothes to pay for law school. Wah!!!

    No, Scott Brown. You DIDN’T have to pose nude to pay for law school. Many thousands of kids babysit, wait tables, work retail– they DON’T pose nude. Lots of these kids were more poor than you. I KNOW. I AM ONE OF THEM.

  20. MJ says:

    WBZ– why don’t you tell the full story or are you in the bag for Scott Brown? The question, of which you only showed a PART, was along the lines of “Scott Brown posed for Cosmo. How did you pay for college?” Elizabeth Warren made her remark in response to a question she was asked, not out of the blue. Scott Brown DID pose nude. That’s a FACT. Scott Brown is relieved Elizabeth Warren didn’t take her clothes off. It is sexist & offensive & so is WBZ for skewing the debate. I’m crying foul.

  21. Reesecat says:

    Why do we continue to derail candidates and campaigns by sensationalizing sound bites? The fact is that a moderator asked the question, Warren responded and Brown responded. Neither candidate made this an issue, they simply responded. When left in context, neither response is particularly inappopriate or offensive, but the press has a problem doing this. Again, the sound bites are taken out of the full context of the setting and questions posed to the candidates in order to make them out to be something more than they were clearly intended to be. Knock it off and let’s focus on the real issues.

  22. IronManCC says:

    Warren took a jab at Brown with her comment & he took a jab back with his – Sounds fair to me, and if anyone out there is so thing skinned that they didn’t get a chuckle out of both comments, they really should crawl back under their rock. ;-)

  23. TaylorM says:

    Warren made a comment about what Brown did, and Brown made a comment about Warren herself.

    People can control what they do, but not how they look (short of plastic surgery).

    I don’t have a problem with Brown’s Cosmo pose, but I do have a problem with his nasty response to a flip comment.

    1. Jim Jezowski says:

      Get over it. If people actually voted by people’s looks, then Barney Frank would have been voted out years ago. So would Nancy Pelosi, and quite a LOT of Republicans. She deserved it and got what she had coming. She took a cheap shot, so Brown b—h slapped her for it. She got what she had coming. Because she’s a ‘D’, she’s entitled to cheap shots? How many 20 yr olds do you think have the wisdom to make a better choice for money in college? I’ll give you a hint… NOT MANY. Why else would there be a Hooters on Rt 1, strip clubs all over the state.. etc. It happens a LOT more than you seem to think.

      1. tsal says:

        It’s abundantly clear why you’d approve of his comment or any other sexist comment

  24. tsal says:

    How about a real issue. Brown said you do what it takes. No one has pointed out that kids are literally prostituting themselves to pay for their college education. I don’t think Brown meant that is ok but …………………..

    There have been some comments here that Brown fought for all he has. Yet now he is voting with the rest of the republican party to cut Pell and other grants that thousands of kids depend on to afford a college education.

    What I’m seeing here are people who say they WON’T vote for Warren because she responded to a question asked of her in a joking manner and it doesn’t matter how much she is working for the average American because an offhand remark is more important.

    And people who WILL support Brown despite the fact he is voting to cut grants to kids who – as he did – have trouble affording college. Remember – he had the advantage of a pell grant and still had trouble paying.

    1. Jim Jezowski says:

      I suppose Brown wasn’t joking too? I’m for the grants.. Show me the money. Where is it going to come from to pay for the grants? As another fool once said.. that’s an ‘Inconvenient Truth’.

      1. tsal says:

        have you read the other comments I posted – in at least two I said I thought they were BOTH joking. The difference is I don’t take any of this seriously and react simply because of the party each is associated with. I am reacting to the issues. I also understand that everyone here cares about our country and no opinion – mine included – is all right or all wrong. It will take BOTH parties to work together to figure this out.

  25. sloopjohnB2 says:

    It’s ok for her through arrows at Brown but if he retaliates, he is against women. This is the same nonsense we heard when he ran against Marsha Coakley. Always ask the guy to apologize; regardless of who started the bomb tossing. If she can’t stand the heat she can go back to Obamaville. It’s going to be a long campaign and the Dems are desperate to get the seat back..

    1. tsal says:

      I don’t think anyone is saying that either one was throwing arrows. I will have to re-read but it seems to me the majority were saying she had thrown the arrow. IMHO no one with any intelligence is really taking this seriously.

      Yes, democrats want the seat back – they prefer to have someone in office who actually works for the majority of Americans and not the elite few. Perhaps others feel it’s more important to pander to the wealthy but I’d far rather have someone in office who has a history of fighting for the average person. Remember, Warren didn’t spare any criticism of Obama or dems during her time in Washington.

      As an example, she has been working to cut the red tape set up by Dodd-Frank iinsisting that it could be said in a few pages rather than thousands. Brown voted for it and asked questions about it AFTER he voted.

      This isn’t about two off handed comments and never was. Are the American people nothing more than lemmings that they allow the media to make something so insignificant for both Brown and Warren into a huge deal so they cloud the actual issues?

      1. web says:

        Yes tsal, many people are just that, lemmings, very easily manipulated and controlled and they don’t even see it. The love sensationalism, get easily bored of actual issues and want things now. I don’t get upset over it, but that is how it is. Many don’t even know who the vice president is, never mind members of the cabinet. So yes, the media stoops down to the lemming way of reporting.

      2. Jim Jezowski says:

        Yes Web, we call them Democrats..

  26. Mark says:

    Much ado about nothing!

  27. Enough says:

    Oh please. If a Democrat had said it the media wouldn’t even talk about it. Typical double-standards. How about she learn not to make snitty comments, and then we all get back to what’s important – the ISSUES.

    1. Jim Jezowski says:

      EXACTLY! She has the opinion that since she wears the ‘D’, she’s entitled to throw insults because ‘Anyone with a brain’ knows she’s right, but how dare the unwashed ‘R’ make a critical remark? He’s a second class citizen.. HOW DARE HE?

      1. tsal says:

        I thought she was a democrat and the I thought the media was reporting it.

  28. brutus says:

    She’s a typical elitist, wealthy, holier-than-thou, snarky, insulting Harvard educated Liberal who has no clue as to what the ordinary working citizens of Mass. want or need. Like most Liberals, she somehow thinks it’s up to her and her ilk to save the world, as if they could.

    I’ll vote for Scott Brown. His return is better than her serve.

    1. tsal says:

      You do know that Warren didn’t attend or graduate from Harvard – right? She graduated from the University of Houston, a public school, and later graduated law school from Rutgers, a public university in New Jersey. Brown graduated from Tufts University and Boston College Law School.

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