BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) A new campaign video released by Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown juxtaposes the words of President John F. Kennedy and President Ronald Reagan with the words of President Barack Obama and Senate-hopeful Elizabeth Warren.
The video had already reached 61,000 views on YouTube on Tuesday, just 24 hours after it was posted by Scott Brown's official campaign channel.
The video is entitled "Let America Be America Again," a name it shares with a famous poem written by Langston Hughes in 1935. In the poem, Hughes criticizes the "American Dream" that is unattainable for the lower class. However, the poem ends with Hughes' hope for a brighter future.
It is unclear whether or not the title was intentionally recycled from the Hughes poem.
Brown's video features the famous words of several American presidents including President Kennedy, President Clinton, and President Reagan.
Perhaps the most striking portion of the video is the comparison of President Reagan's comments on the free enterprise system and President Obama's recent comments at a rally in Virginia.
"Well, wouldn't it be nice to hear a little more about the forgotten heroes of America. Those who create most of our new jobs, like the owners of stores down the street; the faithful who support our churches, synagogues, schools, and communities; the brave men and women everywhere who produce our goods, feed a hungry world, and keep our families warm while they invest in the future to build a better America? That's where miracles are made, not in Washington, D.C.," says President Reagan.
Immediately following the excerpt from Reagan's speech is portions of footage from a recent rally in Virginia during which President Obama said, "If you got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."
President Obama's comment is followed by footage of Brown's opponent, Elizabeth Warren, commenting on the contribution she feels all taxpayers make to the success of others.
"There is nobody in this country that got rich on his own. Nobody. If you built a factory out there, good for you, but I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads that the rest of us paid for," says Warren.
In a YouTube video posted on Tuesday, President Obama responded to ads he says are taking his words out of context.
"Those ads taking my words about small business out of context; they're flat out wrong," says President Obama, "Of course Americans build their own business. Everyday hard-working people sacrifice to meet a payroll, create jobs, and make our economy run. And what I said was that we need to stand behind them as America always has, by investing in education, training, roads and bridges, research and technology. I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message because I believe we're all in this together."
FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti caught up with Elizabeth Warren during an event in Brockton on Tuesday. When asked if she stands by her comment used in the Brown ad, Warren said she was simply saying what she believes in.
"All I am saying is what I believe in and what I've been fighting for all along," said Warren. "I've been out there fighting for small businesses; I've been out there fighting for families. I've been fighting against a Washington that is rigged to work for the big guys. It is time for that to stop. Scott Brown has been out there defending the big corporations. He's been out there defending big oil. There's a reason Scott Brown got his name 'one of Wall Street's favorite senators.'"
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