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Whitehouse Defends Self Against Brown (posted May 1, 2005)
Democratic Senatorial candidate Sheldon Whitehouse is defending himself from
criticism lobbed by opponent Matt Brown. Appearing on the WJAR-TV television
show 10 News Conference with Jim Taricani, Whitehouse critized Brown's
comments that Whitehouse was a career politician. "Politicians have to
say what politicians have to say," Whitehouse said referring to Brown.
Whitehouse cited his work on behalf of separation of powers legislation as an
example of his "taking on the political establishment."
He also responded to Brown's comments that Whitehouse was a political
insider, while Brown had worked extensively in the community. "Government
work takes you into the community," Whitehouse noted. In his past
positions, he has been an advocate for consumers and other community
interests. "It is going to be tough for him to get traction on
that," Whitehouse predicted.
Whitehouse expressed support for raising the income cap beyond $90,000
subject to Social Security tax. "If you continue to let it ride up, a
lot of the finances come back," he pointed out.
Asked whether he or his wife drive a SUV, Whitehouse admitted his wife drove
a Ford Explorer, but defending it saying the vehicle was a "small