January 20th, 2010
05:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Brown brushes off presidential question

(CNN) – Having shocked the political world with his surprise Senate win in one of the bluest of states Tuesday night, it was only a matter of time before Republican Scott Brown was asked if he harbors any presidential ambitions.

Sure enough, in a press conference with reporters in Boston Wednesday, the newly minted senator-elect was asked if he felt he was "presidential timber."

Brown brushed aside the question, noting he hasn't even arrived in Washington, DC yet.

"I don't want to say that's a silly question but I am just so thankful for the support that I received from everybody…and to think about something higher? I am just honored to be in this position," he said.

"I can't tell you how proud I am to be here standing before you all," Brown said. "And being – having an opportunity to maybe send the country in a different and better direction – that's my goal."

In the 25 minute news conference, Brown also described his conversation Tuesday night with President Obama, who made a last-ditch trip to Massachusetts Sunday to campaign on behalf of Brown's opponent, Martha Coakley.

Describing the conversation as "great," the president told Brown he didn't criticize him "too hard" when he stumped for Coakley, and said he looks forward to meeting him in Washington. Brown also said the two discussed the possibility of playing basketball.

"I said, 'I have a basketball daughter and you pick your best and we'll play two on two,'" Brown said of the conversation. "He laughed. I said, 'Regardless, we may not agree on some things but you have a sense of humor and you have to have a sense of humor about politics.'"


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  1. Mike

    This country lives in a perpetual reality show which has little to do with reality.

    Everyone just wants their 15 minutes so they can do the talk show circuit and write a book.

    Pathetic.

    January 20, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Scott

    Wooo yeah! Go Scott, Go Scott! Break those Dems, and lets continue making this Obama's Waterloo!

    January 20, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Gary, Los Angeles

    Leave it to CNN to post such a misleading headline! Shame on you guys day after day!

    January 20, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Joe

    Not realty surprising at all, if a Kennedy can’t even remember her name nice campaign. I as a Democrat think they just handed it over; their arrogance to think this seat was automatic serves them RIGHT (pun intended) for losing.

    January 20, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. cjr

    he's another Sarah Palin – the people of Mass are responsible for this mess – the voters are responsible for the fact that they have denied the unemployed, working poor and basically all of us decent health care. because they like this jerk. Doesn't say much for the residents of the state. and their intelligence some of them will be the ones who will suffer most.

    January 20, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Emilie

    Remember, they asked Joe the Plumber to run for office. And someone asked Palin to run for VP. If a guy like Brown can run - and win - there's hope for every animal in the zoo.

    January 20, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    please run mr. Brown lol

    January 20, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Barbara

    All that glitters is not gold. Buyers-Beware!

    January 20, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Reality

    Nice try to avoid the obvious truth of Brown's VICTORY – America does not want Obama's health care plan or economic plan! America has spoken – enough spending – enough socialism – enough of Obama's empty rhetoric.

    Obama's inabilities are gettting more and more difficult for the media to cover up.

    January 20, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. TC

    Let's see if Mr. Scott "Savior" Brown can be re-elected in 2012 first.

    January 20, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. oldsoldierboy

    Scott Brown is just another lieing republican who will break one of his campaign promises the very first day he takes office. He ran as an independent republican who is against the establishment. Yet he will travel to Washington and setup office there because the establishment says that is what he must do. If he was any different from the rest, he would refuse to go to Washington and instead setup his chair within the commonwealth and allow those who agree and disagree with him to have a seat in his chair since he says it belongs to the people.

    January 20, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. D.D.

    The baby step to the Oval Office and neither party can claim him nor will he allow one too.

    January 20, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Bunch of Idiots

    U know what the problems are in this country? Republicans and easily manipulated and dumb INDEPENDENTS!

    January 20, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. revolution

    Stupid question

    January 20, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Eric

    Yet another CNN misleading headline in an apparent attempt to imply something that isn't true.

    The link on the home page says "New senator wants to be prez? " Sure, it doesn't "say" he wants to be president; it even puts a question mark at the end. But the clear implication of the link is that Sen-Elect Brown has indicated he wants to be president before he has even been sworn in as Senator. Pfft, what a power-hungry newbie!!

    But the article itself shows that isn't the case at all. A reporter asked if Brown thought of himself as a presidential candidate and Brown brushed it off saying he hadn't taken office yet.

    CNN does this all the time. They know many people just read the headlines and not the actual article. And even those who do already have an impression based on the misleading link before they ever read the article.

    Have newspapers always been this misleading, or am I just noticing it more?

    January 20, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Kansas

    That's a very stupid question to ask. Fail on the part of the reporter.

    January 20, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Tere

    "...having an opportunity to maybe send the country in a different and better direction – that's my goal."

    As long as it's not in the same direction of the previous 8 years we can be hopeful!

    January 20, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Re-elect Obama-Biden 2012

    he want to be prez and i might just vote for him.

    January 20, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. This is Sammich

    He's more qualified than the current president.

    January 20, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Frost

    this message is for both parties.. don't talk for us.. don't translate what we are saying.. Democrats are out.. cause they are NOT working with the President we elected. Brown is new blood yes.. and a very small message. Republicans are going to be out in mid term IF they also don't start working with again THE President of the United States we elected.

    No one is looking to the Republican party for anything. ( we don't like what you stand for) but we will use one of you to stick a burr in the butt of the democrats.

    January 20, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Journey1

    Anyone who thinks that this freshman US Senator who was just a state senator yesterday is ready to be President, better never had questioned Obama's readiness during his campaign, since he had the same experience as Brown. People r so fooled by a guy just b/c he drives a pickup. So typical.

    January 20, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Lilarose in Oregon

    Scott Brown is nothing but a pawn in the Republicans' hands.

    They used him to get rid of the 60th vote in the senate.

    Brown will be a one-term senator. He has no reputation for doing much of anything, except for being a

    pawn.

    January 20, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. J

    This is ridiculous!!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Shirley Halcomb

    CONGRATS!!!!!! We kept praying that you would make it....and you did. Hope you don't lose sight of what you promised in your speeches. It seems that happens more often than not when you get isolated up there "on the hill" you forget us little people. But I've looked through the news and TV and I can't find out how much ahead of Coakley you were when you won. Would be interested in knowing.

    January 20, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Dave

    What a ridiculous idea- having a freshman senator run for President!!!

    January 20, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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