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. Ana

    I saw him last night and he is an idiot, and there will be no health care for the people that need it the most, old people will suffer, but that is the Republican way.

    January 20, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    That this question is even being asked is indicative of the desperation felt by the GOP for their lack of options. From the highly illogical choice to Sarah Palin to the irate rants of Hannity and Limbaugh, what used to be the Grand Old Party is in sad disrepair. What we really need is a cogent, articulate, balanced opposition to the Democratic Party. Our balance is compromised by the extremism on both sides. A sad state of affairs.

    January 20, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. ja05

    I hope all Independants from Mass. loose thier jobs and insurance, before this is over !!!!

    January 20, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Ms S Callahan

    you know CNN your just 'diggin' to find WHO the next Presidental candidate will be ...this am Ron Paul, this pm Scott Brown....

    you must get to the buisness of God...I told you....you are going to miss some really important things along the way if you neglect this.

    January 20, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Frank Sellers

    What?! President?! What an idiotic question! The guy just won his first senatorial election yesterday! It's pathetic how so many clueless people are drooling for a leader when they're not completely, 100% happy with the what they have now.

    I belive that Brown ran for office becaus ehe wants to set the course of the country in a new direction, as he said, but I doubt very much that that direciton is going to be better. The infantile electorate in Massachussetts will soon get impatient with his lack of change by the time he's up for re-election and then they'll get rid of him, too. But that's the price he'll pay for promising to give everybody what they want.

    January 20, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. R

    it actually is a silly question

    January 20, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. jimmm

    Let's see if he does anything in the Senate, first.

    January 20, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Texas Doc

    Once people realize that he is a lockstep teabagger, he's done. Al they want to do is slow down the Democrats and moving this great nation forward. They hate America and Democracy nad the sooner people realize this, the better. See you in 2012 moran. Teabaggers Untie!

    January 20, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Jefe

    I don't think he could win on the Republican ticket. I've heard he might have been born in Ukraine. I'm not saying I have hard proof, just saying, I haven't personally seen and touched his original birth certificate, so it is a definite possibility that he was born in Ukraine.

    January 20, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. capnmike

    Just what we need....another Republican crook in the White House. Another sleaze who is willing to throw us all to the dogs for his corporate buddies. No Thanks!

    January 20, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Stacey, California

    Slow your role, Brown. don't get a big head just yet.

    January 20, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. David Rissmeyer

    I find it amusing that this fellow is being asked about his presidential aspirations. I believe he had posed in the nude for Cosmopolitan Magazine, when they had this feature. Perhaps he could run with his partner being the California porn actress who is also considering public office.

    January 20, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Albert K. L.A., CA

    This guy and his truck do not matter because Republicans already have their hearts set on Palin and Joe the plumber in 2012.

    January 20, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Gene

    Just like the Democrats way over reacted with their supposed mandate following the 2008 election, now we have the Republicans doing the same with the MA election.
    It would be nice if both sides just grew up and quit acting like petulent children.
    That's the message kiddies, and it pertains equally to both sides.
    I personally think we could get 550 odd people off the street that would do a better job then those on the hill.

    January 20, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. ofc221

    Romney/ Brown 2012

    January 20, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. NotFooledTX

    Good lord, the man hasn't even been seated in the senate yet and you're yammering about presidential hopes?

    Give me a break!

    January 20, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. PA WEAVER

    Is CNN now positioning Scott Brown for a run at the White House? You folks are supposed to be "News Reporting" not starting rumors about someone's political agenda. First it was Sarah Palin and now its Scott Brown – give me a break!

    January 20, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Joe

    He DOES have more government experience than Obama

    January 20, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. state government

    I love how the media tries to blow things out of proportion. Brown is better than Coakley, but we still don't know how he will preform on the national stage. But, I'm sure that with the right advisors, he wouldn't have made all of Obama's critical mistakes.

    January 20, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Willy Brown

    Fresh blood, a new face in Congress. To both parties old dogs, pick up the pace. Talk direct and straight like Scott Brown. Hillary Clinton can talk for 20 minutes and not say a darn thing... We the American people will vote all you old dogs out if you continue to talk in rhymes and mindless babble. Scott Brown Thank You for straight talk. That talk got you votes from both sides of the isle last night.

    January 20, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Rickster

    lololol...man, just when you think Obama couldn't be more of a loser, then whoops, he loses again....lolol......I've never seen anyone with more of contra-Midas touch....everything he touches turns to manure.

    January 20, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Politics In Washington??

    Well, let's see what Senator-Elect Brown does. His modest and jovial tone may not set well with his Republican colleagues but it would be a good thing if it turns out to be real, sustained and contageous. The Republican Party needs friendly and rational operators. Let's see what he does.

    January 20, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. thankyouMA!

    Brown is GREAT...but DC will eat him up!
    I hope he stands strong!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Elizabeth

    Another Republican "looks and no brains" candidate. Did he drive around Boston with a shot gun in his pick-up? These tea-party people need to get over themselves. Don't you Massachusetts people who are moaning and groaning about Obama's health care reform realize that mandatory health care was forced on your state by A Republican governor way before Obama came up with it. You have not won anything with this election . Just more dummies in Washington!

    January 20, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Dennis

    He's as empty as W was....I hope that changes.

    January 20, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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