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Sherrod Brown asks Trump Fed pick why he referred to Cleveland, Cincinnati as 'armpits of America'

Sherrod Brown asks Trump Fed pick why he referred to Cleveland, Cincinnati as 'armpits of America'
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Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownRare Mnuchin-Powell spat takes center stage at COVID-19 hearing Biden introduces economic team, vows swift action on struggling economy Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate MORE (D-Ohio) on Tuesday pressed Stephen MooreStephen MooreSunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Trump ally Stephen Moore: President 'going to leave the office triumphant' Sunday shows - Election results, coronavirus dominate headlines MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE's nominee to fill one of two vacant spots on the Federal Reserve Board, about when Moore once called Cleveland and Cincinnati the "armpits of America."

"Why did you say that Cincinnati and Cleveland are the armpit of America? Please provide a list of other towns in the Midwest and the rest of the country that you believe also match the description of 'the armpit of America,' " Brown wrote in a letter to Moore.

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Moore made the comments in 2014 while speaking at a discussion hosted by the Heartland Institute.

"Chicago is a world-class city. … If you live in the midwest, where else do you want to live besides Chicago? You don’t want to live in Cincinnati or Cleveland or these armpits of America like that. You want to live in Chicago," Moore said at the time. 

Brown, who is the ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, which is responsible for reviewing Moore's nomination, demanded an apology from Moore in Tuesday's letter.

"On behalf of the people of Ohio, the Midwest, and every community that has been looked down on and disparaged by Washington and Wall Street, I demand an apology and I demand that you publicly retract your statement," Brown wrote. 

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenators call for passage of bill to cement alcohol excise tax relief The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases MORE (R-Ohio), the other senator from Ohio, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Brown added in his letter that Moore's comments are "disqualifying."

“That view should be disqualifying for the critical role of Governor of the Federal Reserve Board. You didn’t just insult Cleveland and Cincinnati — you dismissed millions of Americans who work and live in small towns and cities across the industrial heartland, and who have been locked down on and left behind by Washington and Wall Street for decades," Brown wrote.