Warren supporting Brown for Veterans Affairs secretary

Democrat also says she thinks Mitt Romney is a "smart man"

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Milford, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

BOSTON (State House News Service) – Ever since she beat him in 2012, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has used former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown as her go-to punching bag for laugh lines in stump speeches to the point that Brown suggested Warren had a “creepy” obsession with him. But with Brown in contention to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs in the new Trump administration, the former Bay State Republican received none of the vitriol from his one-time political opponent that Warren has trained on other Trump Cabinet nominees.

“If Scott Brown is the nominee for Veterans Affairs I have no doubt that he would put his heart and soul into trying to help veterans and I would put my heart and soul into trying to help him do that. You bet I’d support him for that,” Warren said during an interview Thursday morning on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio show.

Brown, a retired colonel from the Army National Guard, is one of two former high-profile Massachusetts Republicans under consideration to join the President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, with former Gov. Mitt Romney also being vetted for secretary of state.

Warren did not go so far as to say she would support a Romney nomination, but also had nice things to say about the 2012 GOP presidential nominee. “I’d like to hear more, but I think Mitt Romney is a smart man and I think he has a pretty level-headed view of the world,” Warren said.

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