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. dee takemoto

    What is this? Is it the rule now of the Republican party to suggest unqualified presidential candidates now? First Palin and now a not even seated senator? How about someone with experience?

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

    Brown is the perfect complement to Obama – and I predict that he will be his Party's nominee in 2012. Both are very likable. Both are/were young, new Senators, both are change candidates... he is a shoo-in.

    Palin and the rest of the pack are way too jaded. America is fed-up with Palin. She is now on FOX TV and comes across as even more ignorant and we can see that she is faking it. Brown will give Obama a good run for his money. If America chooses to go back to the Republicans... that will be the end of the country...

    and, isn't it significant that it will all happen in 2012?

    The Twilight Zone live!

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

    The Republicans finally may have their new Preidential Candidate....groom him well. He will attract the younger voters.

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

    Thank GOD Brown won!!!

    January 20, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Sadee K

    I immediately thought that Brown might have presidential ambitions. He can't be anything, but good for the Republican party. It will be interesting to see how all this shapes up in the coming months.

    January 20, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Jim - PA

    The Republican (Neo-Con) is the catalyst for everything that is wrong with our country. However, Democrats (cowardly and corrupt) are hardly better. How quickly we forget that just a year ago we were crawling out of the cess pool called the Bush Administration. The only way this country will be salvaged is to have a legitimate third party surface (and I don't mean the pathetic Green or Libertarian parties). I am pretty sure this will not get posted because CNN rarely lets people voice their opinion outside of their mainstream spin.

    January 20, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Truthmatterz

    One more pretty face who claims they are going to send the country in a better direction, yet not a single journalists asks: what, how, when or why or if they have considered the consequences.
    People are prevented from the very information that would allow them to intelligently select a candidate.

    January 20, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. pojo

    I support this administration regardless of all this crap... they are doing a great job and we are in a much much better shape than we were last year or before that..

    anyone who underestimates the economy crisis created by the prev. administration is not just a dumb idiot but is also being playing into the hands of politics and people who only know to take advantage of the situation!!

    January 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    why not? The Republicans would put any moron up for office.

    January 20, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. billy123

    Senator Brown talks really good and when he gets seated in the Senate let's see how independent he is? If he votes the party line all the time the American people will see another GOP hack. However, if he really votes what is best for his state that will be great.

    January 20, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Ken Keeton

    Jeez... can't they even let the guy get his foot through the door.

    January 20, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. U.S. Common Sense

    Drudge obviously thinks so. It has been his banner all day.

    January 20, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. DawnL,CA

    Presidential? Are people nuts? He hasn't done anything yet. Talk about the Repugs grasping at straws. Just another pretty face. Does John Edwards ring any bells? Jeez.

    January 20, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Disgusted Independent

    It's safe to say an average American voter has the memory of a gold fish! Really Massachusetts? You have already forgotten what the republicans did to the once mighty USA? WOW...stupidity will always trump intelligence in this country...guaranteed!!! You betcha ;}

    January 20, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Orange Curtain, CA

    No but I'm sure ClusterFaux news will offer him a job or he'll work as a lobbyist after he "retires"

    January 20, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Jim Pond

    Just a YOUR WELCOME from the people of MA. 200+ years ago we fired the first shots at Lexington and Concord. Last night, we did it again. Though this time it was a political shot at an enemy that is domestic in origin, the spirit is the same.

    January 20, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Otis

    Whoever asked that question to Senator Brown should be fired from their job. What a stupid question.

    January 20, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. nazario a. gonzales

    Senator-elect Scott Brown's victory proves that the American public does not want fundamental changes to its institutions. When it voted for "hope and change," it stated that it wanted competence rather than social revolution. Now the dictatorship of the left and the intellectual elites is starting to crumble. President Obama, if he wishes to be re-elected in 2012, must recognize this reality and respect the voice of the people who have now spoken in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. If he doesn't correct course, he will lose big in November 2010 and will end up like Jimmy Carter.

    January 20, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. TCM

    With Obama setting the standard for what's at the bottom of the barrel, why not? At least this guy talks and acts like he's American and loves the country....and seems like a respectable man...can't say that about the "questionable," messiah...

    January 20, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    OMG!!! I just had a horrible thought. The beauty queen and the Cosmopolitan centerfold as Prez and VP candidates ihn 2012.
    This is what the repugs have come to in this country.
    I hadn't paid attention to brown, but as I now listen to him he sort of reminds me of . . . . OMG!!! "W"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Dimslie

    I like the guy a lot but, if he's pro-abortion I hope he either gets his head straight or doesn't run. If he were a Democrat, he could like the idea of killing kids 6 years after they were born and be the darling of his party. That won't work for a Republican outside Massachusetts.

    January 20, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. KRISTY

    This is weird I don't know if everyone else is seeing exactly what's going on this person been put in this seat is not about the people this is about the Republican Party taking control. I bet we can ask any Rep official sentator, mayor, gov anything about brown and they couldn't tell us anything this is really scary. Anyone who stands against Barack Obama has a place in Rep party. Issues has long left the mind of political figures. It's about control, power.

    January 20, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. smokey

    And yes ,I for one can't wait to see what direction you going to move the country in..Let me see, first we try to kill health insurance for millions of Americans, then we try to derail economic growth, and yes lets not forget about energy , jobs and education...Ma voters, all I can say is keep your eye on the prize, and you will be quite surprised !!!! I noticed you couldn't wait to get sworn in to do your first dirty deed, stopping health reform, but that remains to be seen...

    January 20, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. nazario a. gonzales

    Senator-elect Scott Brown's victory proves that the American public does not want fundamental changes to its institutions. When it voted for "hope and change," it stated that it wanted competence rather than social revolution. Now the dictatorship of the left and the intellectual elites is starting to crumble. President Obama, if he wishes to be re-elected in 2012, must recognize this reality and respect the voice of the people who have now spoken in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. If he doesn't correct course, he will lose big in November 2010 and will end up like Jimmy Carter.

    January 20, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Boy, the Republicans are desperate! They are so afraid of President Obama and his agenda to better our country that any pretty face is a potential presidential candidate for them.

    Gack!

    January 20, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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