Here's what Brown told a local chamber of commerce meeting. "The leaders will bring forward [the House GOP] budget, and I will vote for it, and it will fail. Then, the president will bring forward his budget, and it will fail. It will be great fodder for the commercials."
Separately, in remarks that were caught on camera by a Democratic tracker, Brown also said, "Finally we had Congressman Ryan come forth with a budget proposal, thank God, because we haven't had one in a couple years and that now has forced the debate and forced the President actually to come forth with his budget proposal."
When the plan was first unveiled, Brown was non-committal, but said "everything is on the table" in deficit negotiations.
"It's quite confusing how Brown could thank the lord for a plan to end Medicare and then take 7 days to realize he 'mispoke,'" says Eddie Vale, spokesman for Protect Your Care, a new advocacy group dedicated to fostering support for universal health care. "Seniors deserve a straight answer on if he's going to end Medicare."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would like to bring the budget to the floor for a vote next week. Aware of how politically toxic a vote in favor of that plan would be for marginal members like Brown, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is not whipping it.