January 29th, 2010
10:37 AM ET
5 years ago

Brown says he can beat Obama

Brown is confident he has Obama beat -- on the court.
Brown is confident he has Obama beat - on the court.

(CNN) - He hasn't been sworn into office yet, but Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown is confident he already has the president beat in at least one respect: basketball.

The former state senate Republican, who shocked the political world with his upset victory last week that effectively ended the Democratic Party's 60-seat filibuster-proof hold in the U.S. Senate, told NBC's Jay Leno he also has the game to hand the president a defeat on the court.

Brown, an avid athlete who also said he swims and bikes several miles a week, told Leno he's already issued the challenge to Obama.

"It would certainly be a tough game," Brown said of the potential match up. "The only time I spoke to him was election night. And I did challenge him to pick his best."
Brown meanwhile said he would employ the skills of his 21 year-old daughter Ayla, who plays for the Boston College basketball team.

"I think we'd have the upper hand," said Brown, who himself played basketball in college.

Brown also discussed his now-famous appearance in Cosmopolitan Magazine when he was a 22 year-old law student at Boston College. In its June 1982 issue, the magazine named Brown "America's sexiest man" and featured a photo-spread in which the future senator nearly bares all.

Asked if he'd ever do it again, Brown replied, "Almost 30 years later I'd probably have to do it for [the] mature senior AARP Magazine. So a little different now."


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soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    In my previous remark, I should have said "Senate Democrats". Generally, they showed W respect due the office; even voted for many of his awful policies.

    January 29, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Jose

    This guy seriously has an ego issue. Wow – maybe when he starts to walk in lock step with the republicans will his true colors show.

    January 29, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Todd

    What baloney. This nobody is looking for as much press as he can get.

    January 29, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Carl Schmidt

    I don't think Scott Brown gets it. We voted him in to send a message to the President .The congress and his office are not doing the things we heard in the election. We here in western Massachusetts have never even heard of a state senator named Scott Brown we just needed to send a strong statement to the Democrats in D.C. no back room deals no freebies to other states and no more bailouts for the people who got all of us in this mess. Scott Brown is a two year senator and that's his claim to fame.Will send someone to D.C. who will be for the people of our state in two years. One more thing who in god's name are the Tea Party People they are not from here and they look like weirdos from what I have seen maybe Nebraska or some place out there.

    January 29, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. notfooledbydistractions

    Aren't browns 15 minutes over yet? The republicans are so desperate for a messiah that any warm body will do. He's todays shiny object – poor Sarah... Enough already.

    January 29, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Dean

    And they call Obama Arrogant? this Brown guy has an ego as big as Rush Limbaugh.

    January 29, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. James B

    This is the reason the country is in this mess. The newly elected senator from Mass. wants to play "games" What happened to respect. As an independent I don't recall the DEM's showing a lack of respect for Bush when he was newly elected, or when he conned the american public into war. The Dem's and the GOP joined together as one to fight that fight. Yes there were a handful of senator and congressmen and women opposed to the war in Iraq. But not 40 senators and the majority of congressmen and women in the GOP. This stalemate may work for the short term but how can it work in the long run. We need to get this resloved, we need to run and fix the govenment. This is turning into a game of chicken and the GOp doesn't want to be the first to blink. GOP lick your wounds and get back to work, try to wim the midterms, and then go from there, but to whine and say "no" to everything and then whine again when they say you have been exculded from any talks is childlike. Why would they invite someone to the table when all they do is disagree and be uncoopertive. Help AMERICA, work to get us out of the worst economic crisis since 1929, please...............you lost the elect move on

    January 29, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. anotherview

    Can see why Brown got elected. He is direct, and likeable.

    Be interesting to see what happens after 2010. And hopefully Brown will stay true to his promises to MA.

    January 29, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Mike

    Scott has also told the GOP leadership not to expect him to drop into line and follow them blindly. You have to like this guy's style. Hopefully the machine doesn't beat it out of him.

    January 29, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Last Dem Standing

    Wow, a republican I like! What is it about this guy that people find so likable? He could be a star on the rise. I just hope he stays true to his "independent" leanings.

    January 29, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Vena

    You know, this is a pleasant change of pace. Would be a fun thing for us to watch and cheer for. Perhaps have it be a charity game and donate the proceeds to the red cross?

    January 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Brown appears to be a college boy who never grew up. If Obama were to beat him in basketball, would Brown then go back to MA, or would he vote "no" on all democratic programs?

    January 29, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Reagan raised taxes and tripled the debt.

    Look for Kens,I mean Scotts,action doll in stores this Christmas alongside the Barbie dolls.

    January 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I will also bet that Brown has sold more copies of "Cosmopolitan" than Obama has.

    January 29, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Send your kids

    What a lame thing. My 21 year old college basketball playing kid can beat you in basketball.

    Perhaps Obama should offer his weight lifting nephew to arm wrestle the guy.

    January 29, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Rick CT

    Not sworn in yet? How much longer will the Dems stall.

    January 29, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Sniffit

    He would beat him in a presidential race were it held today....

    January 29, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. AJ

    I think that given the state of his Presidency right now, its apparent that Obama has already spent too much time thinking basketball...

    January 29, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. buckwheat

    He had better get to doing what the voters put him in office for and it was not for flashing the public.

    January 29, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Texas Doc

    Hah! Obama plays regularly with Arne Duncan and several other former pros. I would love to see him get his butt handed to him.

    January 29, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Kate

    I would love to see him come up against Obama in basketball. I would bet on Obama to win. Also if that had been Obama on the centerfold...to help pay for his college...omg...Obama paid for his the good ole American way.. He knows what it is to have to pay back loans that he acquired to go to college. Just another bragging republican!!And I am a FORMER one.

    January 29, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. chelle

    I have to admit I like this guy.... He is exactly what the Republicans need. Young, smart, lives in 2010. And I'm a liberal.

    January 29, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Pete East

    You are already up one huge slam dunk Senator Brown. Good luck in the future.

    Just a side note, I expect that President Obama has been much more civil to you than I expect a lot of left wing posters will be here.

    January 29, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. A. Goodwin

    That would actually be pretty cool. I think Brown is a total arrogant twit...but, it would be fun to see the challenge.

    January 29, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Ron

    This would be a bb game worth seeing. I hope Obama accepts the challenge. We need guys like this in our government, actually human and fun! Not the 2 bulls we had in the WH for 8 years. One so arrogant you could smell him through the TV and the other was a crazed war monger with a taste for human blood.

    January 29, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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