March 25th, 2010
06:44 AM ET
5 years ago

Power lunch at the White House

Scott Brown and Joe Biden had lunch Wednesday at the White House.
Scott Brown and Joe Biden had lunch Wednesday at the White House.

Washington (CNN) - The man who spent nearly four decades in the U.S. Senate hosted the chamber's newest member on Wednesday.

Vice President Joe Biden treated Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts for a lunch at the White House.

"Scott Brown is grateful for the opportunity to have lunch with the vice president. Senator Brown spoke about the importance of turning the nation's attention to jobs, and that Americans want their government to have a focused attention on the economy," Brown communications director Gail Gitcho told CNN.

CNN has reached out to the vice president's office for their read on the lunch, but has yet to receive a response.

Brown won his seat in a January special election to fill the office formerly held for nearly five decades by the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy. Brown's upset election victory over the Democratic candidate, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, changed the power structure in the Senate as the Democrats lost their 60 seat supermajority.

Brown is opposed to the health care bill passed by the House Sunday night and signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday. This week, the Senate is debating and voting on fixes to the legislation that were passed by the House and sent to the Senate. As vice president, Biden may be needed to go to Capitol Hill and cast a possible tie breaking vote in the Senate to pass the fixes approved by the House.

It appears the meeting between Biden and Brown wasn't all business.

"They also talked about sports and the Red Sox," adds Gitcho.

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