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Scott Brown: 'Thank God' Paul Ryan Laid Down Medicare Privatizing Budget (VIDEO)

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In the past weeks, too, Brown has strongly suggested he likes the GOP approach.

Late last month, a tracker for the state Democratic party filmed Brown at a meeting in Westminster, Mass., praising House Republicans laying down a marker in the budget fight.

"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," Brown said.

Democrats, predictably, are all over Brown for taking this position, putting him to the right of Newt Gingrich.

"Scott Brown makes Newt Gingrich look like the moderate," said Matt Canter, communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. "Brown pretends he's independent and pretends he's moderate, but he's making it crystal clear that he supports the Republican plan to end Medicare and will vote for it in the US Senate.

At least one other moderate Senate Republican -- Susan Collins (R-ME) -- has publicly announced her opposition to the plan.

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