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. writing4english

    Would make sense because Romeny is also from Massachusetts. However, Romney has no chance. Palin does.

    Palin 2012

    April 23, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. RicInPennsylvania

    If Scott Brown thinks Palin is in any way qualified to be president, he is as loony as she is! Although in response to that question, I realize that he had no other alternative answer (being the good GOP guy he is), but he needs to learn the art of side-stepping questions like that.

    April 23, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. kyle from ohio

    And He should support Romney over Palin, He is the most qualified and he did not quit his post. Sure she is qualified she meet the basic standard and if the people vote her in that is.... after all that is the law Birthers.

    April 23, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Poetic Justice

    If there's one thing I like about former Gov Palin is that she's true to herself. Even if it means being a millionaire and has her stock off the roof. But she hasn't changed one bit and I applaud her for that. Her personality and values are still intact which is good so her demeanor is still there. I would greatly consider her to be a nominee and give her a shot.

    April 23, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Tim

    Scott Brown knows what we all know...she is a joke!!! I like Scott Brown after all!!!!

    April 23, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Gil

    Brown has proven to be a breath of fresh air in the party of No! Siding with Romney over the brainless wonder, palin, is a no brainer. Intelligence over the bimbo from Alaska!

    April 23, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. gt

    i like brown better than both palin and romney

    April 23, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Eyckie

    I have been reading this all over the place. There is no way Palin will ever get close to the presidency but I would love to see her run although I doubt she has the guts.

    Palin doesn't speak in front of cameras and doesn't allow anyone to record her. She refuses to answer any questions and says everyone distorts what she says.

    How could anyone be president without speaking publicly? This isn't ever going to happen. If these 67 thou vote for her then she will have what, .0002%?

    April 23, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Dar

    I like Brown, he tends to run down the middle of the road and do what is best for his state.
    I only hope he stays that way.
    As for Palin, I love her for standing up to help others BUT.........She is the total far right just like Odumbo is total far left and that isnt good for our country. We need a person in the middle to keep the country running in the right direction. Maybe Brown is that person, we will see.

    April 23, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. JJ

    That's funny. The beefcake senator refuses to appear alongside the dimwit lipsticked chihuahua with more curves than brains. LOL!

    April 23, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Anonymous

    I would pick Donald Duck for my running mate of sarah Palin

    April 23, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Gordon Shumway

    I certainly agree with Senator Brown regarding Gov Palin, but I could never vote for Romney. He's more of a vacilator than Clinton, Bush and Obama combined.

    Well, maybe the latter is the greatest in this category, now that I think about it.

    April 23, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. C.K. Darwin

    Smart choice! That woman is the dumbest person on the planet. It's always a great idea to separate yourself from that retarded lunatic Palin. That woman is insufferable.

    April 23, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Robert

    Brown is at least smart enough to know that he can't remain a senator in Mass. if he supports people like Sarah Palin. He is only in office because the liberal he was up against was a complete and utter disaster. He has this short time to show the people of his state that he can be trusted to use some common sense. They don't have to agree with every little thing he does, but that state is way too liberal to put up with a Tea Party supporter. He already showed some independence by breaking ranks with the other Repubs and voting along with the Dems at least once. He has to do that one some issues or he will not survive the next election in Mass.

    April 23, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Tim in Miami

    No surprise he would pick his friend from his state.

    I'd like to see a Romney/Palin ticket. That would be unbeatable!!!

    April 23, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. PK California

    Surprise, surprise!!!!! He, with a brain, picked another, with a brain! Time for the brainless to go back to FOX, where they hire the brainless!

    April 23, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. MAD IN TEXAS

    Let 'em go ahead all he is doing is making sure of a OBAMA win in 2012.

    April 23, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Anonymous

    that's because he has a brain. While I don't like Mittens, he is head and shoulders above the quitta from Wasilla

    April 23, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Wisconsinite

    Hey Tea Party-Poopers . . . while I hate to say I told you so . . . . I told you that Brown was only courting the TP vote in MA so he could get elected and once he duped you into voting for him, he'd leave you in the dust! You see . . . .you need to face the fact that the TP represents a MINORITY of Americans. Another fact you all need to face is that because your "voice" has been so devisive and strident, conservatives are going to continue to USE you and then DESERT you because they want to get elected but really, you are an embarassment to them. Face it!

    April 23, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Sgt. USMC

    Smart move for Brown, there's still hope for you. The only think I don't like is that he supports Romney. Which wouldn't be so bad except he is a hypocrite.

    April 23, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. FM

    Sarah thinks to say "No" without providing an alternative solution is the right thing. She hasn't demonstrated that she has learnt something since she lost the election and hence quited the governorship. How can anyone with the right thinking, support a person who does not know where is heading to and how to get there!

    April 23, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Psychologist

    Who wouldn't pick Romney over Palin? Not that I favor the GOP over Democrats but Palin remains the one pathetic choice of poorly educated, onesided, easily influenced people who are prejudice.

    April 23, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. ihavelongblackcock@yahoo.com

    Okay? Brown who is a complete nothing/former homo-erotic porn model is endorsing the suspected closet homosexual instead of the former swimsuit model/Creationalist. Ah, The Repubican party... lol!

    April 23, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. James Cunningham

    Many of us in the grassroots are having buyer's remorse about this guy already! I think maybe we elected Martha Coakley's brother! One stuffed shirt Republican establishment elitist being supported by a stuffed shirt wanna be Republican establishment elitist! Oh, brother! Some things never change!

    April 23, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Dan

    Sarah Palin really has the Innsmouth look in that picture.

    April 23, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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