April 23rd, 2010
09:57 AM ET
4 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. ran

    Brown knows if he has any chance of re-election he will have to be a centrist. However, I do not see him being re-elected any way. The fact he won is because his opponent thought she deserved the seat and did little to win it.

    April 23, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Lisa

    Nice! Good to see Republicans know better when it comes to Palin

    April 23, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. kravitz

    Brown's memory isn't very good. One key reason Romney didn't get the nod is his job slashing businessman past. He was a 'cost cutter' who dumped jobs to increase company profits. It didn't sit well in 2008. It won't help Romney at all 2012. So perhaps, they need to find someone marketable...

    April 23, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. SNAPPA

    Well thats good, but tell the truth niether is going to win anything.

    April 23, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Not supporting Sarah is the second intelligent thing he has done. (allowing jobs bill to go to the floor was the first)

    April 23, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. anagram_kid

    I can hardly wait for Palin to post on her Facebook page how Brown ‘s snub is really an attack on her children. She has not sang that song in a while…

    April 23, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Dave NM

    Sorry choice there!

    April 23, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Lynn

    A serious candidate in any election needs to stay as far away from sweet lips as possible. Her brand of politics is poisoness.

    April 23, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Only a moron would back Boob Palin

    April 23, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Anne P

    That's like trying to pick your new house pet between a skunk and a porcupine! Either way...Eeeewww!

    April 23, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    Does it really matter WHO Senator Brown supports? Neither Mr. Romney nor Ms. Palin are worthy of ANYONE'S support! Neither have the best interests of the country at heart. They're both pandering egos who will do and say anything to get a vote.

    Those who support them are just as shallow...

    April 23, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    For not being bright, Brown did do the right thing by rejecting Palin.

    April 23, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Brown is the only smart Republican out there.....he is smart enough not to get himself tied in with Sarah Palin, he can see she is a death sentence to those she supports.......as the days, weeks, and months go by and the closer we get to the elections more will distance themselves from her........

    April 23, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is Sarah Pailin sick? She's looking like she got ridden hard and put away wet. Good God!

    April 23, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. joe

    It's only a matter of time b4 those two get together.

    April 23, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Suzan

    Brown is the only smart repbulcian out there, he is to smart to get himself tied in with Sarah Palin......to bad the rest of the GOP isn't that smart because she is the kiss of death for anyone she supports.......

    April 23, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Marco

    Can you blame him?

    April 23, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Jeremy in Albuquerque

    Kinda like this guy.

    April 23, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Dan

    God help us all! These two knuckleheads are dangerous. For the uninformed, Brown voted for many of the same health care provisions in Massachusetts' Romney sponsered health care reform bill, that are in the new Federal legislation. Palin is an advocate of the elimination of social security and medicare. T-baggers and elders, be careful what you wish for, you just may get it!

    April 23, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Anonymous

    If he's sticking with Romney, didn't he make his choice?
    Or should this read- I like romney but i have to see who the RNC tells me to back.

    April 23, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. truth

    What has America come to when a presidential candidate is judged by their looks? When will knowledge matter? Romney, Palin, Brown Huckabee, and a host of other republicans are not pragmatic thinkers. There whole objective is to divide the country by using backward ideology. America is going down hill fast thanks to media outlets like CNN and Fox.

    April 23, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. ART

    You think this man is such an idiot to align himself with a bunch of nasty biggots. you must be mistaking him with that idiot Palin.

    April 23, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. ross berg

    He's smart enough to know that Romney has a far greater chance of obtaining national public office than Palin.

    Word on the street is that he ( like so many others) was appalled after watching Palins interview with Katie Couric and has told his close staff members that he thinks "she's a good looking airhead"!!!

    Perhaps it's true...it would certainly explain his avoiding her.

    April 23, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. CBR

    The media has given star status to Senator Brown. He has been in Washington three months and everybody is falling all over his every word. Let us remember he is only one senator out of 102 senators. He has yet to offer legislation, work with other senators on legislation, really made legislative history!

    People just cannot go with the truth that Senator Brown was the better of the two candidates and the people of MA voted accordingly. Although I am sure some supporters were looking to upset the apple cart but most were looking for the best person.

    Is the media building him up so when he makes a mistake they can tear him down?

    April 23, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Indy

    This is not rocket science, although Romney has a chance of getting the nod from GOP, it would be political suicide to team up with Palin who does not stand a chance of getting the nod much less ever getting elected. For Brown to support someone like Palin who has 298 million that can't stand her, and know she absolutley does not have what it takes to be POTUS he is doing the rational thing by supporting his fellow statesman. Brown might be stupid enough to say he thinks she is qualified for President but he is not stupid enough to believe that she really is qualified.

    April 23, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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