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Keller @ Large: Brown Slams Utilities, Engages Elizabeth Warren

BOSTON (CBS) - Senator Scott Brown is among those angered by the lingering power outages.

He came home from National Guard training in Afghanistan -- to find many homes still without electricity.

Brown says he appreciates how tough this situation was for everyone involved, but he's throwing his clout behind a move to make the power companies pay up for delays in fixing the storm-related problems.

"That's unacceptable," he says of the outages. "My office has been working on trying to find out where the breakdown is, what the breakdown is, and how we can avoid it in the future."

He is endorsing a move on Beacon Hill to force the utilities to give rebates for customers who lost power; two day's worth for every day of outage.

WBZ-TV's Jon Keller Is At Large

"Give them a little bit of a financial hit to say you know what? How about anticipating these things a little better."

Scott Brown also talked to WBZ about the woeful job-creation figures.

"Look at the numbers that came out today - flat. and you can talk all you want until you're blue in the face, but if you don't actually do something? we're not gonna get out of this."

These days there's another job brown has to worry about -- his own.

Consumer advocate and Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren is moving closer to a run for Brown's seat.

And it appears the incumbent is ready to engage.

Warren told the Boston Globe that she sees America as a place in which, "our government works for those who already have money and already have power."

Brown responds to Elizabeth Warren

Brown responds by saying, "To have a class warfare situation and try to divide society...we're all Americans first Jon, we're Americans first, and we all want the best for our country. The partisanship and all the other things should go out the window especially right now."

And while Warren talks tax hikes and corporate greed, Brown wants Uncle Sam held accountable.

"Just over-payments alone, the government making a mistake, being lazy, its 150 billion a year. A lot of the programs and waste and fraud - fix it first, fix it, and then come to me and say hey, we're still a trillion dollars short Scott. Why are taxes always the first thing?"

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