BOSTON (CBS) — Donald Trump may be down in the polls, but former Sen. Scott Brown–no stranger himself to overcoming the odds in a political race–says voters shouldn’t count the Republican presidential nominee out just yet.
“Of course he’s got a shot,” Brown told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens on Monday. “You’re talking to somebody who was down 41 points and ended up winning, so it’s not over ’til it’s over.”
Brown managed an upset victory over Martha Coakley in the 2010 U.S. Senate special election race to fill recently deceased Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat (he was defeated by Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2012, and lost a 2014 bid for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire). He endorsed Donald Trump in February before the New Hampshire Primary.
When asked his thoughts on Donald Trump’s chances of winning the presidency, Brown said the GOP nominee still has time to turn things around in his favor.
“I love all the political pundits, ‘oh yeah, the election’s over.’ Really? I don’t remember one vote being cast,” said Brown. “This is a guy who beat a tremendous amount of Republicans, obviously, on our end, and he’s neck-and-neck with someone who should be blowing him away right now.”
Brown did admit that Trump’s mistakes have hurt his chances, and said the election is Trump’s to lose.
“I’ve said it publicly and I’ll say it again, there’s times where the unforced errors really set him back,” Brown said. “Being a first-time candidate, I can see how that can happen. He’s going up against, and has been from the beginning, seasoned professionals who, this is what they do for a living, so you’re obviously going to make some mistakes.”
The former senator also praised the economic plan Trump laid out last week, saying that the candidate was right about the U.S. having the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world.
“Even Apple said, listen, we’re not bringing any money back until you guys drop the corporate tax rate,” Brown said. “It’s not rocket science. We’re competing against all these international economic strategies and we’re always at the back end between the regulations and the high corporate taxes.”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports