September 12th, 2009
02:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Brown vies for Kennedy's seat

Massachusetts Republican state Sen. Scott Brown will run for Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat.
Massachusetts Republican state Sen. Scott Brown will run for Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat.

WASHINGTON (CNN)–On his 50th birthday, Massachusetts Republican state Sen. Scott Brown announced his intentions to run for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat.

Characterizing himself as a Washington outsider, Brown spoke directly to the people of Massachusetts.

"Already, my opponents have started pandering to the special interests, promising to support their pet projects," Brown said. "That's not the way I operate. Because I don't owe anybody anything, I'm free to tell the truth and fight for what's right for all of the people of Massachusetts, no matter their political party."

Read Browns full remarks here.

Brown said he has a history of bipartisanship as a three-term state senator and former three-term state representative, and spelled out his "core" beliefs.

"I believe that government is getting too big and that the federal stimulus bill made government bigger instead of creating jobs as was supposed to happen," Brown said.

The veteran legislator made his announcement after former Bush administration Chief of Staff Andy Card, dropped out of the race late Friday and encouraged Brown to run for the seat instead.

Another conservative name that's been mentioned is that of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

On the Democratic side, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has already announced her plans to run for the seat.

Kennedy, 77, died on August 25 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. He had served in the Senate for nearly 50 years - most recently winning reelection in 2006.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Vigla

    If a Republican wins a senate seat in MA then I'm Santa Claus!

    September 12, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Post always rejected by CNN

    Gee a republican who even thinks he has a chance to get Kennedy's seat. ..he he he .....

    September 12, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Willy Brown

    There may be hope for Taxachusetts after all

    September 12, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. disgusted

    So now a three term state senator and three term state rep is an outsider? Seriously?

    September 12, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Muffy

    Good to hear that the loser Card dropped out, he was nothing but a water boy for Busho. I am hoping Martha Coakley will win, she would be great and we need another woman.

    September 12, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. GOPBomb

    This is SO hysterical....GW Bush made the government twice as big over eight years and these same GOP politicians followed him in lockstep....NOW they don't like big government? Give me a big break!
    Obama could announce he is is following Dubya's policies to the letter and these same politicians would complain about it!

    September 12, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. S M R

    These GOP HACKS are only in it for the money, they have no shot at winning ANYTHING.

    September 12, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. S M R

    The only shot for the GOP is in the BRIGHT RED STATES.

    September 12, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. John, Brooklyn, New York

    This is entirely symbolic. Currently there are only 5 Republicans in the 40-seat Massachusetts State Senate. In the House its even more lopsided with Democrats holding a 143-16 majority. The Republican Party has imploded nationally and has virtually become a non-player in most parts of New England.

    September 12, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. S M R

    Our TED would roll over in his grave if a GOP hack won that seat. The chances are slim to none!!!

    September 12, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. wisconsin mom

    No one will be able to replace Sen. Kennedy...but a Republican? hahhaa..are you kidding me? lol

    September 12, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Go Scott Go!

    It's time for CHANGE in Massachusetts and CHANGE in Washington DC. I'm making a contribution to Brown's campaign. I know he'll call a spade a spade.

    September 12, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Jasmine in Germany

    It's wrong to think "the government is getting too big". That's an uneducated, potiticaly motivated comment. Times have changed. The demographics of our nation has changed tremendously between 1492/1620/1776 and 2009. Wake up! We need leadership that can take charge in 2010. Brown has already spoken in a "behind the times" way. Hey, Massachusetts; one of the greatest states of our country: please continue to set high standards and demands and don't get sucked into political propoganda. Please decide carefully.

    September 12, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. BUTTACAVOLI

    Republicans might have there way's, but one thing is clear a republican will keep america safe, and not apologize for it.

    September 12, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. S Callahan

    I think if you really want to make a statement for this seat let Sheila Rauch Kennedy run...she'd win!

    September 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. S M R

    As AMERICANS, we can finally start to feel good about our future. Thank You President Obama.

    September 12, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. cape dem

    I'm a Democrat in MA, who will be voting Republican across the board. The race bating apologist has just begun to damage our great country. With the protectionist import tax of 35% levied against China last night 9/11(home grown terrorism), that is a pandora's box waiting to be ripped open. The "Ivy Tower" liar was in a classroom for a reason. The tide is changing and a war is afoot. Congratulations Joe Wislon for calling a spade a spade. Maybe Mr Wilson will receive the Kennedy "Profiles in Courage" award, bravo!

    September 12, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Sen. Scott Brown is going down

    I think you may be a noble person

    but you are a GOPer and your party is a disgrace

    I wish you the best personally, but I hope you lose

    September 12, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Deuce

    it does not matter who... This is the beginning of the Senile Senate.

    When the USA are fighting each other. The world will pass you by.

    The USA is Finished. There is a big, big, big world out there.

    Your gloryboy Obama is a Loser. So is the USA. Little people with little minds. Most Third-graders. You don6t have a decent brain between you..

    September 12, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Mario, mtl, ca.

    No way your done you represent the old party too old to understand

    September 12, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. CC

    This would be a wonderful development; instead of a senator who changed the rules so Romney couldn't nominate a GOP if Kerry won the White House, and then complained about it when it was going to burn his party the other way (when he was dying), you might have an actual leader in Washington!

    Go Brown!

    September 12, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. CoolGayDad

    No thanks. The last thing we need are more racist, bigoted republicans.

    September 12, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Hugo

    Please, Massachusetts is a lost cause even for a Republican candidate. Kennedy was a slime ball, do you stupid liberal minorities backing Obama think for one second that a Kennedy would allow you to move in next door to one of their "compounds," the only thing they would allow you to do is vote for them and to mow their lawn, wake up!

    September 12, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Proud and Happy Republican except for the Democratic BS!

    Good! Another Republican in the race. I love pissing off a democrat. Why don't you all find something worthwhile to do. I guess you are because I keep seeing the crime going up.

    September 12, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. spokanebob

    Ma. has not been served well by the elitist racist democrats. The Dems want to keep the downtrodden down instead of improving their lot so that they have a voting block voting democratic tickets. Our president is a liar and a biggot and we cannot keep spending ourselves into third world status. We need a valid vibrant third party to keep the existing royalty (thats how congress see's itself, as royalty) in check.

    September 12, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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