Former Gov. Brown: Democrats acting like socialists and McConnell needs to go

07/26/2012 10:22 AM

Former Democratic Gov. John Y Brown Jr. said he is disappointed with both Republican challenger Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama while adding that the national Democratic Party has shifted too far to the left.

“I’m afraid their, you know my party is acting and talking, and acting like socialists,” Brown said about the Democratic party.

Brown, who served as Kentucky’s governor from 1979 to 1983, said he remains a Democrat. He said he was initially impressed with Obama but now believes he’s “in over his head.”

And as for what we will save this country, Brown – one of Kentucky’s most famous entrepreneurs – said look no further then our mobile devices.

Brown has always been known for his candor. And he didn’t limit his criticism to his own party.

In response to a question about the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, Brown said voters should remove five-term U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who is the Republican leader of the Senate.

While Brown said he didn’t know if his son, former Secretary of State John Y. Brown III, is considering challenging McConnell for the Senate in 2014.

“Anyone would be a good candidate against Mitch McConnell,” Brown said. “We’ve got to find some way to get him out of there. He was George W’s number one man – got everything through that he wanted, so he’s nothing that I think people of Kentucky should be proud of.”

Brown briefly ran for U.S. Senate in 1984 before dropping out of the primary race against then-Sen. Walter “Dee” Huddleston — who went on to lose the general election to Republican challenger Mitch McConnell.

— Interview by Chip Cosby and video produced by Bradley McKee

Nick Storm

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