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Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren Trade Barbs Over Senator's Beefcake Past

Here's something destined not to be remembered as a particularly proud moment in the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in Massachusetts.

At a recent debate of Democratic candidates, Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard University law professor and darling of liberals, was asked about a younger Sen. Scott Brown posing in the buff in Cosmopolitan magazine to help pay his college costs.

She said she "didn't take my clothes off" to pay for college.

On Thursday, Brown was asked about Warren's comment on WZLX, a Boston classic rock radio station.

"Thank God," he responded.

The zinger prompted laughter from the DJs even though Warren, appears very fit for a 62-year old grandmother. Maybe some of them would have been asking her for a date.

Anyway, others weren't so amused by what they saw as sexism. The Boston Globe (registration required) has a comment from the Massachusetts Democratic Party:

"Sen. Brown's comments are the kind of thing you would expect to hear in a frat house, not a race for U.S. Senate," Clare Kelly, executive director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party said in a statement. "Scott Brown's comments send a terrible message that even accomplished women who are held in the highest esteem can be laughingly dismissed based on their looks."



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