January 20th, 2010
05:58 PM ET
5 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. Brian

    I got no problem with him being president since his values are inline with mine. I just need to know where he stands on immigration policy. We can't have a safe and wealthy country without securing our border.

    January 20, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Dave of Oregon

    One kind of wonders if Massachusetts voters can be simply sweet-talked to vote against their best interests! A year goes by and everything hasn't been fixed doesn't mean that the Republicans are better for them. The Do-Nothings have basically assuaged this state into thinking that being Republican is better than what they have just been through EVEN THOUGH WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH WAS ENDORSED AND ENCOURAGED BY REPUBLICANS. In other words, Republicans are just fine and happy with the circumstances and NOTHING WILL CHANGE FOR THE BETTER! Seems that the common voter doesn't know just how bad they actually have it or they can do worse, thank you! Makes one wonder about the average voter there and their memories of the past eight years. They have NO reason to complain now that they made their decision and it isn't a good one at that!

    January 20, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Bingo

    A relatively unknown state senator that has been thrust into national prominence by media attention and elected to the US Senate in part due to the populist rejection of the incumbent party run for the US Presidency? Who would do that?

    January 20, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. j russ

    So now that Mr Brown has helped to put the brakes on the federal takeover of health care how about every state each get their stuff togeather and do like Mass, and help their own people with their own health care plan. Seems like that's the way a Republic is supposed to run isn't it?

    January 20, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. JR

    I'll give you 3 to 1 odds that the GOP will highlight this guy at every opportunity and run him in 2012, unless he provides some scandal between now and then.

    January 20, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Peggy - Tx

    Sure this is a slap in the face to the Dems. Time to clean house, dump the stale leadership in congress and the house. Dean sure has proved to be an idiot, he and the other the lefty wing nuts of the Dem party need to be tossed aside. Also, the President may want to look at shuffling the deck on those advisors that supplied the game plan for healthcare, as they obviously don’t have a clue. How about making the case, using technical language, directly to the American people. Ahh- too late for that, the time for that was last summer.

    Let’s face it, Martha Coakley was a poor candidate. At least we do not have to see her face or listen to her for the next 6 years.

    January 20, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. badger

    So will Senate elect Brown hold true that his senate seat is really the peoples seat or will he fall into the party of no? It would a boost to the people of Mass. and America if he really meant it.

    January 20, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. ToughLove

    The PEOPLE have spoken! Take THAT, you liberal elitists!!! Take THAT, you turn-coat Republicans!!! Conservative values still reign...Democrats better learn them and Republicans better keep them!

    January 20, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. CF

    Well, I guess we can forget about Congress getting anything worthwhile done for the foreseeable future....

    January 20, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. robinhood

    Is he the Reagan democrat that we are looking for?

    January 20, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. scott

    Yeah blah blah a new republican direction....Just like Bush, wonderful!

    January 20, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Greg, MN

    If he shows up to vote for the next three years he will have more experience than the current President.

    January 20, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. paul

    SERIOUSLY?! THis is a non story with any politician now after we elected Pres Obama after only ONE short short term in the senate. The headline makes it seem as though it would be a BAD thing or that was Brown's intention all along to be President.

    LET THE MAN GET TO WASHINGTON, PROVE HIMSELF and then, MEDIA pundits, ELECT HIM TO THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT anyway you can seem right.

    January 20, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. GOP Returns

    Well, isn't he so cute?
    Democrats should not panic. Anybody in war must expect casualty. This Mass. Senate seat is one. Dems have lost one in battle, but what is not an option here is a self defeat in panic. It’s now time to see what the Republican are going offer on Healthcare. Let’s see what they will now do about corporate welfare. Let’s see their solution on deficit, and national debt that they ran up on Iraq. Maybe now they can help to clean up their mess. It is easy to say no in hiding. Now that the GOP is out of hiding, that’s good for politics. They also on notice that they have officially (once again) become a target t shoot at as they have been shooting the first black President on this country desiring that he fails. Believe me, there is now enough "waterloo" to go around even to DeMint.

    January 20, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Dodd Democrat...

    Come on.....we need to see if he can handle being a Senator first. He needs to complete a FULL term before anyone should even consider thinking of him as President.

    The one thing we've learned is that just because you are a good campaigner.....doesn't mean you are ready or prepared to take on the hard job of being President.

    January 20, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. don

    Of course he's a presidential prospect. But what has happened in our country where one man can hold so much power? Partisan division.

    January 20, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. A Guy

    I'm from MA and I am very familiar with this guy's voting record. And quite frankly, he's pretty frighteningly out of touch with the middle class people he allegedly represents.

    January 20, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Concerned Canadian

    This is the country that spends trillions on pointless wars and yet cannot bring itself to provide health care for its most disadvantaged citizens.... and then votes in politicians who want more of the same. The rest of the world looks on incredulously.....

    January 20, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. GOP Returns

    Democrats should not panic. Anybody in war must expect casualty. This Mass. Senate seat is one. Dems have lost one in battle, but what is not an option here is a self defeat in panic. It’s now time to see what the Republican are going offer on Healthcare. Let’s see what they will now do about corporate welfare. Let’s see their solution on deficit, and national debt that they ran up on Iraq. Maybe now they can help to clean up their mess. It is easy to say no in hiding. Now that the GOP is out of hiding, that’s good for politics. They also are on notice that they have officially (once again) become a target to shoot at as they have been shooting the first black President of this country desiring that he fails. Believe me, there is now enough "waterloo" to go around even to DeMint.

    January 20, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Presidential aspirations? Maybe he would have a shot at it if the year was 1925. He is out of touch with women's rights, civil rights, and the law of the land. Wait, that is just what the wingnuts need.

    January 20, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Proud DEM

    OMG! who the heck does this guy think he is?? The next coming? Mr. Brown, yes you won the other night, but let the air out of your head just a little before it pops. The golden boy better have some good ideas or the people who voted you in will have a field day with you and even your brother republikants will tear you apart..they usually do. Let's go DEM's, time to get your act together...

    January 20, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. reggie

    you do need a sense of humor because our politics are a joke. Not because of the politicians but because of the ignorant, aloof public. People are mad because of the status quo, so what do thewy do? vote in a member of the status quo. I'm sure he'll help the Republicans lead us right back to 2007. Great choice Massachusetts

    January 20, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Matt

    Well, we've already all but seen his "presidential timber" thanks to Cosmo...

    January 20, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. lil

    Sure he does hes a sarah palin clone. Just watch and see.

    January 20, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Ron

    Hahaha! You don't really think this loss occurred by accident, do you? Let's see: 1) lose the seat; 2) Republicans kill this bastardized healthcare bill with no public option; 3) push through a new healthcare bill with public option using reconciliation (and blame Republicans for killing the initial bill). Brilliant!! Mr. Kennedy would be proud.

    January 20, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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