MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has drawn a line in the sand and told Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown that he has to “stop lying” about claims that she’s planning to run against him for Senate.
In an aggressive monologue in which she asserted at least a dozen times that the recently-elected Republican senator is lying about her political aspirations, Maddow declared that she will not stop taking the senator to task over the issue because “I want politicians to stop doing things like this, to stop making stuff up to run against instead of running against actual not- made-up problems that our country really has.”
For the past week, Maddow and Brown have been in a war of words over the senator’s claim, based on little more than speculation on a blog, that the host of The Rachel Maddow Show plans to run for the Senate in Massachusetts in 2012. Despite repeated claims to the contrary, Maddow says, Brown continues to push the story in order to raise campaign funds.
She also responded to the senator’s claims that she continues to talk about the issue because “she’s trying to boost her ratings.”
“I’m boosting my ratings how, Senator? … I’m boosting my ratings by being the subject of a lie that you’re telling about me to raise money? I didn’t do this, Senator. You did this. You dragged me into this. You made something up that is not true. You have such a lack of respect for your conservative donor base around the country that you don`t care if what you`re telling them is true or not.”
She went on to accuse Sen. Brown of lying, once again, over his assertions that her producers had not tried to contact him for an interview.
“Senator Brown, you’re lying. My office called you multiple times a day, every day, over and over and over and over again to try to set this right. I will show you the phone records if you care. You are lying when you say that it didn’t happen,” Maddow said.
“I’m trying to increase the cost of you lying so that you`ll stop doing it,” she concluded. “Stop doing it.”
This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast March 30, 2010.