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Scott Brown calls for ‘big tent party’ that includes many views

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MASHPEE — Former Senator Scott Brown on Thursday lamented the Massachusetts Republican Party’s splintering over ideological disagreements, calling for a “big-tent party” that welcomes the full philosophical spectrum.

“What the heck is a real Republican? Can you tell me that? Is there a litmus test? Did I miss that class?” Brown asked rhetorically during remarks at the Willowbend Country Club.

Brown, who rocketed to national status with a 2010 upset victory before losing his seat last year to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, blamed the GOP’s inability to hang together and the Democrats’ sophisticated turnout operation for his ouster from the Senate.

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