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.


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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Susan L.

    Ah, Scott Brown. The gift that keeps on giving. He's hilarious in so many ways. He's Palinesque himself and then he does a thousand little things to send his teabagging fans into a complete violent meltdown (the only kind that type seem to know). I think I need to head over to his facebook page and get a good laugh at all of the wailing, moaning, and gnashing of teeth by his wonderful teabagging supporters from across the country. It's hilarious how many of them (about 90% or so it seems) who threaten him with "I'll never vote for you again!" aren't actually even FROM Massachusetts. Most are from Texas, Ohio, Michigan, and Florida it seems. Especially Texas. I've never seen a Bay Stater as beloved (or not) in Texas as Scott Brown!

    April 23, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Jefe

    While I was (and am) an Obama supporter, I have a fairly high likelihood of voting for Romney should he win the Republican nomination. I believe in voting for the right person (well, best option) at the right time. After Bush, Obama was the right person. I don't need to stick with him for 8 years if I believe Romney is the best guy for the job come 2012.

    That being said, if Palin receives the nomination, I will laugh, yet cringe and worry about the future of my nation, at the fact that there are enough Americans foolish enough to vote for her.

    April 23, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Nobody Special

    Why is this guy so special?

    Do we really care?

    He's only a senator because the Dems totally screwed up the campaign and placed an idiot on the ballot.

    April 23, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. GODZILLA1

    Good for him; only a diseased idiot would support the WILD ALASKAN DINGBAT!

    April 23, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. bellagrazi

    The Tea Party served its purpose in getting this guy elected, and now he wants nothing to do with them. Period. He's a moderate to liberal Republican, and they really have nothing in common besides their mutual dislike of ObamaCare. As for Brown backing Romney, is that really a surprise to anyone? The guy lied and said he never spoke to Sarah Palin when he did. He wants nothing to do with her, either. His loss, because Palin will be the Republican nominee. Once the campaign starts, she's going to leave Romney in the dust. And Sarah Palin will remember who supported her early on. And this dope isn't one of them.

    April 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    There goes Scott Brown further seperating himself from the Tea Party. He got those dummies votes and then took a dump on them. Why blame him? Sarah "PayMe" Palin is their leader. He's smart for sticking with the guy from Massachusetts even though Mitt doesn't stand a chance n 2012 either.

    April 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Jay

    I'm nowhere near supporting a Republican but I applaud Senator Brown for using common sense in supporting Romney over the Wasilla's village idiot.

    April 23, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This shouldn't really be a surprise. They are both from MA. Besides, Romney actually shows some understanding of the world. He is less an ideologue as Palin is.

    April 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. maf

    Wow, I thought Brown might be a more free-thinking Rep representative, but it looks like he is now quickly fitting into the mold of the same old blah blah blah GOP. Too bad it happened so fast. Now there is no pulling the wool over any more voters heads!

    Mid-terms can't come soon enough. Vote the Party of NO into submission!

    April 23, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Brenda

    Mitt Romney in 2012. Romney is an economic/business/financial genius

    Just being able to watch the debates between Romney and Obama would be priceless--Obama without his teleprompter.

    And, in order to seal the election..........either Scott Brown or Marco Rubio as Romney's VP running mate.

    April 23, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. art in kingwood

    If CNN is running GM commericials in which they are claiming they have paid off their bailout CNN is participating in a crime. Patenetly false.

    April 23, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Barbie and Ken are splitting up? At least it shows he has more brains than she does. I had my doubts for a while. He is a likable guy, but I hope he doesn't follow the party line all the time and tries to be as independent as possible even with the GOP attack dogs going after him to get him defeated if he doesn't follow in complete lock-step with them. Let's not forget, that's how they roll. Bunch of thugs and gangsters!

    April 23, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Stick with who you want Scott. Both of them are losers. But thats how we do itn in America. Vote for who we want, not who we are told to...

    April 23, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. EVAN

    scott brown the rookie making an endorsement 3 years too early?

    CNN.... what is your deal?

    this is not news.

    April 23, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Chut Pata

    Even with worst rating, Obama will still win against Scary Sarah whose interviews and supporters would scare Americans into voting Obama again. For Obama's sake I hope Sarah would be the GOP nominee for 2012.

    April 23, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. James Cunningham

    Which merely proves what we at the grass roots have been suspecting since he was sworn in, that he is more interested in maintaining himself in office than doing or standing up for anything of importance. Another stuffed shirt establishment Republican elitist! And as far as forgetting about Sarah's phone call, let's see how fast we people who supported him originally, can indeed forget about him!

    April 23, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Bob of Lompoc

    "Pretty Boy" dumps "Pretty Girl".

    April 23, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. kennywswt

    Palins Qualified?. Makes me wonder if Browns qualified now for anything. She single handedly is making the Republicans look really dumb

    April 23, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. jack ruby

    do tea partiers take coffee breaks ahahahahahahahahaha I'd take a 5year old over her

    April 23, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Nick , California

    Its like rats leaving the sinking ship! Its sad to see the Republican party fall apart.. but I guess there are consequences for all the hatred and negativity coming out of that party!

    April 23, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Bob of Lompoc

    If Brown would have dumped Romney it would read: "Pretty Boy I" dumps "Pretty Boy II". These people make Reagan look like an intellectual brother of Einstein. What a gang of zeros.

    April 23, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. sue

    He obviously doesn't like Sarah Palin, so I don't like him – even though I'm sure it doesn't matter.

    April 23, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Erik

    Really a no brainer here... Either go with an experienced businessman or an inexperienced nothing.

    April 23, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. NVa Native

    At least Brown is taking the path of reality, which has nothing to do with Palin the neo-con celebrity Queen of Shallowness.

    April 23, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. David H

    I am convinced this guy is another empty package. Stating that he thinks Palin is qualified to be president is the final nail. Last week is stated that he was voting against a proposed bill. When a reporter asked him what he specifically disliked about the bill, he asked the reporter what was wrong with it. He couldn't provide specifics. Another pretty face with little substance.

    April 23, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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