April 23rd, 2010
09:57 AM ET
5 years ago

Brown sticking with Romney over Palin

Sen. Scott Brown says he'll stick with fellow Massachusetts Republican Mitt Romney over Palin if the two were to face off for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.
Sen. Scott Brown says he'll stick with fellow Massachusetts Republican Mitt Romney over Palin if the two were to face off for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

(CNN) - A week after declining to appear with Sarah Palin at an event in Boston, Sen. Scott Brown says he'll stick with fellow Massachusetts Republican Mitt Romney over Palin if the two were to face off for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

"I am going to support Governor Romney," Brown said in an interview with NBC that aired on Friday, when asked if he'd back Palin. "I am going to see who is out there in the field and then make my decision."

Citing official business in Washington, Brown declined to appear with the former vice presidential nominee at a Tea Party rally in Boston last week, a move that led some Tea Party opponents to question how much sway the grassroots movement actually holds, especially in a Democratic state like Massachusetts.

While Tea Party activists poured money and organizational support into the Massachusetts Senate race earlier this year, Brown has largely kept the movement at arms length.

Brown has also kept his distance from Palin, arguably the most popular figure among Tea Party activists and conservative Republicans. He did not invite her to campaign for him during his Senate bid and, after he won the seat, told reporters he had never spoken with the former Alaska governor.

Palin aides soon revealed that the Alaska Republican in fact spoke with Brown after the election - a phone call Brown has said he "forgot" about.

Asked by NBC if he thinks Palin is qualified to sit in the Oval Office, Brown said, "yeah, I think she's qualified, sure."

But when it comes to his own presidential ambitions, the Massachusetts Republican specifically ruled out running for the White House in 2012.

But what about mounting a presidential campaign down the road? "I am not even going to jump at that. Nice try," Brown said.


Filed under: Sarah Palin • Scott Brown
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Jay - Memphis, TN

    Once again, Sen. Brown demonstrates that he's not the sharpest tool in the shed. Why in the world, in 2010, would he admit to choosing Romney over Palin in a possible 2012 race? Instead of expanding his base of supporters, he seems intent on decreasing it. Also, I'm sure Romney appreciates the conditional support of Sen. Brown choosing him over Palin, but that Brown needs to wait to find out who the other candidates will be before making his final choice. He loses me when he says he thinks Palin is qualified to be President.

    April 23, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Oh Scott, Scott, Scott. Now you've done it. Your likely to incur the wrath of the Wasilla Hillbilly Queen now. You sir are no longer a "Real American"!

    April 23, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Katie B in NC

    Not surprising that a RINO would back another RINO instead of a true believer.

    April 23, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Harry Baxter

    How can Scott Brown support Romney and oppose the new National Healthcare System when the elements of the new national system are very similar to the system that Romney instituted in Massachusetts? Brown, like Romney, is jusy another twofaced politician, but at least he's sane, which puts him far ahead of Palin, Gingrich, Tancredo, Guiliani, and other "would be" GOP candidates.

    April 23, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Dano

    I guess Romney is the lesser of two evils.

    April 23, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Elizabeth

    How could ANYONE even consider Palin!!! She is a greedy and mean creature!!!

    April 23, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This is foolish to run rejects from the last election for president the people did not vote them in then so what makes them think they have a chance in 2012 if the republican party is that stupid then they deserve to loose .

    April 23, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Seattle Girl

    Palin isn't going to run for President, that would take time away from her fleecing of the Tea Partiers!!!

    April 23, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Laurie in Spokane

    Why all this discussion on Palin? We all know she doesn't have the guts or integrity to stay the course. She;ll never be the nominiee for POTUS. Only another idiot like her would vote for her.

    April 23, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. mochild

    Romney is in a cult.
    Why is he even apart of the political landscape?

    April 23, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. JohnRJ08

    Shocking, since Brown has turned out to be a male version of Sarah Palin.

    April 23, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Perfect! One wears magic undies and one wears no undies! Maybe it'll make the Tealiban feel a little better if he covers up with a tea leaf instead of a fig leaf? I heard that's all it would take anyway...

    April 23, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Bob (Illinois)

    OK. Palin is a loser. So, what's new about that?

    April 23, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. michael

    Anyone else find it incredibly scary that a person in their right mind would actually consider Palin for anything ... including President of the United States. This tea party quack is making the good old US of A look like a bunch of redneck radical idiots to the rest of the world .... all posing as "patriots".(whatever the hell that means)

    April 23, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. DaveM

    So, the pretty boy has a little brains. Give him a cookie...

    April 23, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Hannity

    the guy has the right to choose his supporters, the educated vs the edumaficated.

    April 23, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. DT

    Yup, good to see that you Kos Kids have everything all figured out; if it really makes you feel better to carp & moan about Palin then "GO FOR IT", as your egomaniac blowhard leader would say.

    April 23, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have never had any intentions of supporting Palin as their candidate, they only want her to make her money as payback and then intend for her to get out of the way. If Palin hasn' figured that out by now, she surely is a fool. There is no way Palin will ever see her way to the WH before McCain or Newt, it just ain't going to happen. Palin is no threat to anybody because Americans are looking for policy not someone who sprews out he said and they said comments.

    April 23, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
1 2 3 4 5