“We are Americans first,” Brown said in an Independence Day statement issued Wednesday.
Brown called upon citizens to set aside political differences and embrace what unites us, not what separates us. “We are all blessed to live in the greatest country in the world, but we face serious challenges right now that require us to work together. It’s going to take American solutions — not just Republican or Democratic ideas — to tackle these issues and move our country forward,” he said.
Brown also paid homage to the men and women in the Armed Forces. “In them, we see each and every day the best America has to offer, and it is because of their service and sacrifice that we enjoy our freedom and liberty,” he said.
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This story first ran in the The Republican on July 4, 2012.