January 20th, 2010
05:58 PM ET
8 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. trevor guerlain

    He's the best presidential material the GOP has....give him 2 years. And why not? Looks like he might be following Obama's playbook. State senator no more.

    January 20, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Julie

    I thought about him running for president while he was making his acceptance speech yesterday night. He would be one of the best candidates for Republican.

    January 20, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. HeleneIrma

    Give the guy a break, he has to do a lot more to prove himself.

    January 20, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Repubhypocrites

    Thank you MA flipflopping Independents and fairweather stupid democrats for nearly defeating healthcare reform. You have universal statewide healthcare but you are so selfish that you dont want other Americans to have it. And thank you for helping republicans to try and derail our president. You make me sick! You officially spit on everything Ted Kennedy has fought for. We are set back 50 years. God help us....

    January 20, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Gary

    So far seems like Brown is a good guy who will make a good Senator. Hope that he puts an end to big government, expensive, "give-away" healthcare and compromises with some moderate changes that includes medical malpractice reform. First it was the VA and NJ upsets, now MA....I can tell you that my own state of PA is ready to throw out the Democrats in the next election too!

    January 20, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. mike

    Sure, President Ken doll and vice president Barbie (palin) Just what the country needs. lol.

    January 20, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. TexasJack

    Gimme me a break we already have a want-a-be President sitting in the chair now. Let's not go there until this man has some Senate experience at least. We want this dummy Obama out of there but not at the expense of putting another one in the chair. At least Palin has more experience than he does. We do know her track record. She cleaned house in Alaska. She would still be Governor if the Jackals and the media hadn't hounded her to death to where she couldn't do her job. Facing lawsuits and whatever. She is the most eligible and likable candidate for the job come 2012. This is why all the hecklers of, "Change,Change, Change", are trying to discredit her. It WILL NOT FLY. PALIN 2012

    January 20, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. an independent in Ca

    Soon, they are going to vote for Palin to be the President of the US....

    January 20, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. jim

    They should get along just fine. Obama supports giant bonuses for bankers who fail and Brown opposes making banks pay it back.

    January 20, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Jeannie

    This is so typical of main stream media. This guy wins one Senate seat and all of a sudden the entire course of American History is changing!! Are we going to crown this guy? Are his robes ready? And now we've got him running for President! No wonder the rest of the world thinks our politics are such a joke. By tomorrow, I'm assuming he will have changed water into wine and will be performing miracles on the steps of teh Capitol.

    January 20, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Don

    The ticker title infers that that Brown claimed he wanted to be president. Yet the article states that he was asked if he wanted to be president and that he "sidestepped" the question. So what gives? This is misleading and not fair.

    January 20, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. I Love America

    He certainly has more experience in office than our current president. Plus he served in the National Guard for 20+ years. How many did Obama do?

    January 20, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Elle

    We came so close to getting healthcare reform and now it's gone. The only chance we had to getting good healthcare reform was in the Democratic majority, because it's a FACT that the Republicans won't vote for it in any form, even though we middle-classers desperately want it. This is not a win for the Republicans or Democrats, it's a win for the insurance companies who now get to bleed us dry and blame pre-existing conditions for their lack of pay-out. It's a win for the major pollution-causing industries who don't have to worry about the toxins they're putting into the environment.

    Scott Brown for President? You might as well put George W. back in.

    January 20, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Pam

    This is so typical of the Dems. They finally get control of this country back from the Republicans and they can't wait to throw it away.
    I voted for Obama and am not happy with many of things he has done but I am willing to give him more than 12 months to fix 8 years of mistakes.
    So far he has not followed up on any of his promises and it is going to cost him a lot. Where is the public option for health care? Where is the transparency? Where are the hearings on CSAN? Didn't he say no new taxes? Didn't he say we would not have enemployment of more than 8%. Where is all the stimulas money going? What about all the sleezy deals he is making with Senators to pass the wrong health care bill. Where are our lower drug prices? Where is the compition for theInsurance companies. Why the obvious special deals for unions?Come on Mr. President. You MUST deliver on something.

    January 20, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Dennis

    The media trying to rush Brown like they did with Obama. Given enough time Obama may have been capable of being President. However, he rushed into the Presidency and is now clearly in over his head.

    January 20, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Bertina

    That was the same goal Obama had to move the country in a different and better direction. I do not have any hopes a Republican will do anything but be an obstructionist.

    January 20, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Good grief. The birth-baggers even infected the people of MASS! This country is in extremely sorry shape if it really thinks the way to go is to put the GOP party of FAILURE back into power. How stupid do you have to be, to witness the recent 8 years of continuous [R] failure and to experience everyday the dismal aftermath that still afflicts this nation, and still think its OK to elect [R] to office? This new rightwing hound from MASS will go to the senate and do McConnell's bidding at every turn....which measn he will do nothing except say NO, and maybe go off and lick himself in the corner. Those who think that this is the peoples' will have very little respect for this country.

    The people of MASS have inflicted a massive horror on this nation. I will be spending no money in that state anytime soon.

    January 20, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Josh

    I don;t really know much about Scott Brown but from everything I am reading he seems like a solid person who loves his country. I'm hoping he is the class act that he appears to be and can be a model for what our future politicians should be.

    January 20, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Terry from West Texas

    Better than Sarah Palin

    January 20, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Richard Mock

    To get elected as President, a person must appeal to a majority of the electorate and at the same time not anger their base. As a pro-choice Republican, Brown has as much chance of getting the Republican Nomination as Senator Snow. It isn't going to happen.

    January 20, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Gary, Sacramento

    Why not? He's an attorney, he served a few terms in state legislature, and he'll have at least three years in the Senate. Substitute military service for community organizing, and call it the Obama fast track.

    January 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. votenow&moveon

    that's why all of the democrats, i'm one, are going to lose – NO BACKBONE – .

    i hate most republican policies but respect their ability (moderate & concervative) to stick together no matter what.

    January 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Ryan

    Who cares that he won!! The Dems still have 59 votes.

    Can we have an up or down vote on healthcare? Sound familiar Rethuglicans?! It's all you were screaming about during the Alito vote.

    Why can't we have a straight up or down vote on health care? Don't you think the American people deserve the vote?

    What a surprise, the Rethuglicans are hypocrites!

    I challenge anyone to name one thing Rethuglicans have ever done for this country.

    January 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Peggy - Tx

    Scott Brown is a pro-choice canidate. Does this mean that the Republicans are ditching the extreme right religiouse sects and moving more toward the center?

    January 20, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    Wow, just think about that scenario, our first pres that posed in the buff, Oh I forgot he wasn't posin' in the buff according to the right wing born again nut case, he was just playin' like he was , you know, wink, wink, "Adam," the guy Michael Angelo painted in the Sistine Chapel. But wait there's more, he's just a common ordinary guy, that thinks like the rest of the repubs, "If you get sick, just die quickly," Now that's something Americans can be proud of, lookin' like fools to the rest of the civilized world.

    January 20, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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