January 29th, 2010
10:37 AM ET
4 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. Personal Foul

    Thanks MA. We thought you'd elect someone with a mind that at least came close to Ted Kennedy's. What you gave us is a jock with a testerone problem.

    January 29, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Azure

    As long as Mr. Brown doesn't smoke, he'll outlive Obama as well!

    January 29, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. A disgusted former Republican

    Sounds like a publicity seeker to me rather than a legislator.

    January 29, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Jim - PA

    Good job Massachusetts electing this goon who seems extremely "qualified" to be a senator. The foundation of our democracy is that the elected officials are representatives of the people..... that is such a complete farce. In all reality our government has few if any semblances of a democracy....come on America grow a brain and think.

    January 29, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Darrell

    Looks like he didn't go to far in college, other wise you would of heard his name by now. me personnally, never heard of him, so most likely you can drop the skills part on Brown,s side, I heard he never made the B team, typical Replican macho talk, all hot air, no solution to anything, just words that look good at election time, but when in office, business as usual, like he said, you can tell by the smirk on his face, got a slitherining look to it, I do not know about your wallet, but he isn't getting mine for donations, I got common sense.

    January 29, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. so rich even obama couldn't hurt me but you middle class folk should worry

    he can beat him off the court also, if obama kept his promises after he was elected I coulda dealt with it, if brown keeps his it would be nice, I just don't know what happens to these guys after we elect them. we have NO choice but to vote for people the fact that we keep giving each party a shot is because they all lie! enough already!

    January 29, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Alan, Phoenix

    whats up with Jay Leno.....
    He had too many nuts on his show lately... He had Limbaugh and Beck.
    ....and I wonder why his ratings are stupid.

    Although, I think Brown is far better than other Republicans.

    January 29, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    This is all fine and dandy, but unfortunately, there are voters out there who would blindly go along with Brown's policies and think he'd make a better president than President Obama if Brown "won" a game of pick-up basketball.

    I know times are tough, but really, folks, let's be a little more thoughtful when it comes to our country!

    January 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Gary

    Bowling maybe, basketball I doubt it.

    January 29, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Hunter

    No so fast Senator Brown, while your daughter is a very accomplished guard for BC, President Obama has an ace in the hole as well in the form of his personal assistant. A one Mr. Reggie Love, a member of one of Duke Universities many National Championship Men's Basketball teams.

    January 29, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Minnesotan

    Ho-hum. Another Republican blow hard. I've yet to see any GOPer who isn't a partisan hack.

    January 29, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Rickster

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.

    January 29, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Tommygunn

    Good Humor is needed on Capital Hill....

    Since the GOP has no real leader I would sincerely hope Senator Brown would do so by encouraging less "solidarity" among the GOP. The tone of NO is doing AMERICA NO GOOD. Resilience comes with TRIALS and ADJUSTMENTS, not with NO and ABSTAINING.

    The GOP is quick to BLAME the DEMOCRATs of "solidarity" when in honest you see "independence" within that group. The GOP has NO INDEPENDENCE and it shows on how they are VOTING.

    No wonder the TEA BAGGERS are MAD. The GOP is USING THEM like CHEAP & UNCOMFORTABLE SUIT.

    January 29, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Marv

    This man is going to be a typical redneck right wing Rep. say nothing do nothing he will only serve 3 years then vickie will run for the seat. Ask Bill Russell about Boston re racism.The rep dont want to take over then they would have to govern. Could some intelligent rep. Tell me what the rep have done for the people in the last 8 years.

    January 29, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. DEMJ

    Obama to Brown: 'Bring it!'

    January 29, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. just saying

    I'm an Independent voter and, so far, I like this guy. I'm not sure about his politics yet (too soon to tell) but challenging the Prez to a game of hoops is a great 'bi-partisan' idea! It could be the start of a 'productive' friendship that may influence more cooperation in DC. (P.S. The joke about posing for AARP is hilarious).

    January 29, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. liberal wingnut

    The polling for that is actually close although at this point as long as the person is decent I don't think it would be difficult.

    January 29, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Lisa

    What a travesty of justice. This guy only won this election because the "you know whos" of Massachusetts wanted to stop Obama. They liked Obama as long as they thought he was the underdog. But now that he is in office asserting his given authority those same people want to tear him down. This type of thinking is embedded in these types of people. When a news reporter asked a voter why she voted for Brown she said that the "Democrats" meaning Obama, was getting to "arrogant" in other words uppity. Typical. Obama has tried to do nothing but good for this country since elected into office. I'm sure he's done some politically correct things to advance himself but for the most part he has tried to do the right thing. Now these same people that were complaining about the gov't and it's inability to bring about change is opting to tie his hands just because they see he is getting things done. By giving power to the other side all they are doing is putting the gov't in a stalemate situation again. Then they can start back complaining about the do nothing gov't. Please please people of America have a little common sense. If you don't won't to vote for a democrat then vote for an independent. Don't have us go back to the same old do nothing gov't.

    January 29, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. JS007

    How about you first take your seat in the Senate and show us whether you will work with Obama to solve the country’s challenges or will just sit there and pander to banks and insurance companies like the rest of the GOP? Then we can talk about playing basketball. You don’t start a new job by going on vacation your first day.

    January 29, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Tom in Va

    The GOP elects a guy that posed nude in a magazine...and supports a vice-pres pick (Palin) with a pregnant teenage daughter...

    What a CLEAR sign that the country is becoming increasing liberal!

    Don't you just LOVE seeing Republicants jettison their values in order to win an election?!

    January 29, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. SocialismBad

    Well, he ALREADY has beat Obama! Doing it on the court would be icing on the beefcake... har,har,har

    Way to go Scott! GAS UP THE PICKUP!!!!

    January 29, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Steve

    Great. Real people (like my family) are hurting economically for a lot of reasons, including the state of healthcare in this country, and Brown wants to talk about pick-up basketball. That's great.

    January 29, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Who does this guy think he is? Winning an election in an uspet doesn't erase all White House protocol. It's incredibly arrogant to invite oneself to a basketball game with the President of the United States. Get over yourself!

    January 29, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Pepou

    But as a centerfold for Cosmopolitan he is no competition for our drop dead gorgeous President Obama.

    January 29, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Danny

    Mr. Brown may find it's easier to run for office on rhetoric than on one's actual voting record.

    January 29, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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