April 23rd, 2010
09:57 AM ET
8 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. Mike Tebow

    After Sarah Palin stood side by side with John McCain last month, it was clear to me she had no place atop the conservative movement. McCain is not welcome in our party (see Obama victory).
    If Romney wants to win this thing he needs to come to the far right in order to rebalance what demoncats have done ti our great nation.

    April 23, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnestoa

    Seems as if we actually ARE getting closer to the end of the 2 year country wide reign of the - I didn't loose the election for John McCain, the people loved me - Palin jealousy snit.

    Which brings up another point. Ever wonder why, with all the vitirol directed at President Obama because of Palin's unwillingness to make a graceful exit, NO ONE on the right has ever mentioned that they would rather have McCain as president these past two years?

    Considering McCains increasingly noticable dementia, I shudder to think just how close to a Palin presidency we actually were.

    April 23, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Soldier

    Brown refused to drink moose stew.

    You know, sometimes I just wish the President was actually a communist as Palin, Beck, Rush Hannity, birthers, deathers, and the other racist, fascist tea bag republican loons suggest. That way, he could round them all up and gas them. They are anti-american an should be charged with treason.

    April 23, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Edna

    There is really not much to comment about in this article. Brown contradicts himself totally. First, he says that he will support Romney as a candidate and then he says he will see who is in the field and then make his decision. Personally, I don't think he is very bright. Ever since he has been in the Senate he hasn't shown himself to have much intelligence. When asked about policies, he doesn't seem to know what the issues are. I hope the people of Massachusetts pick someone the next time around who at least knows policy issues and has their best interests at heart.

    April 23, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Anonymous

    you are just as loony as she is if you really think that.but I believe you just played it safe with that question.

    April 23, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Daniel

    Go Romney! I think a Palin nomination would be suicide for the GOP.

    April 23, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    You would have to be living under a rock and in a cave to actually believe Palin had any chance of getting voted into any office

    Why Republicans continue to talk about it, as if it were actually viable, only shows how truly desperate they are to keep themselves in the news

    And why CNN keeps talking about her, also shows how desperate they are to keep their employees busy

    April 23, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Tom - MA

    Heck we all know she will never run.... b/c she doesn't like to answer questions w/o being prescreened and she still has to write them on the palm to remember the answer..... Scotty knows the bimbo is not fit for any office come on...and stop the insantiy of the crazy woman running for Prez... not going to happen....

    She's made a fool out of the media and her poor followers... $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ is owned by her now....!!!

    April 23, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Valley Girl (Republican)

    All Sarah like's to do is spread lies and speak the same ole rhetoric and then leave. I will give the MSM $100K if one of you guys ask Sarah a question about politics.. Any Takers CNN....

    If you ask Sarah Palin what she meant by something, she wouldn't be able to tell you. When Sarah Palin speaks, I don't think she even remembers, by the end of her sentence, what she said at the beginning of the sentence. I don't think that she "means" anything when she speaks. She is just babbling. She is a simpleton.

    April 23, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. melane3

    I am waiting for my Repub dream ticket: Palin/Bachman in 2012. These two Repubs are hilarious, Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

    Which one is more ignorant? Enquiring minds want to know.

    April 23, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    When I learned to be a lifeguard as a kid, the one thing they told us about people drwoning was to grab them from behind and pull them along. Dont get in front of them, because they'll try to get onyour shoulders and drown you, too.

    Congratulations Republican party – you arefighting each other to see who stands on who's shoulders. Watch and soon the rats will abandon the sinking vessel altogether.

    April 23, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Of course Scott Brown is going to pick Romney over Palin, that is a "no brain". Imagine if you will the 2 golden boys running in the next presidental election; Romney for President, and Brown for VP. Would America be so shallow as to vote for them? I hope not.

    April 23, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Michael in Houston

    no kidding.
    I would prefer a blazing case of the ebola virus over looking at the mug of Palin

    April 23, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Sniffit


    He's doing exactly what most of us with brains in our heads knew he would do: quickly distance himself from the current right wing extremist trends in the GOP. After all, MA is still a VERY blue state and he wants to have some remote chance of getting re-elected.

    April 23, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    In NOT choosing the most POPULAR of two evils you're showing signs of intelligence Sen. Brown. Too bad these 'signs' are the exception for you and not the norm.

    I'd choose Magic Underwear over Evil Incarnate anyday myself.

    April 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Michael

    Another sign of "some" intelligence. Let her drift off to obscurity where she belongs.

    April 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Uncle Peno, New Orleans

    So the centerfold Ken doll has endorsed the trustfunder Ken Doll over the Tundra Barbie doll?

    The GOP sure is getting simpler every day, isn't it?

    April 23, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Durant (Yeah)

    CNN tell us something new!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    She won't run for President – she just pulled in 12 Million – she's addiicted to money and fauw fame....you think she'll take a lowlly 180,000 as president..... the GOP wouldn't let her near the primaries..... bad Karma

    April 23, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Wow this is a total game changer! How exciting! Now, what will I have for breakfast? Cereal or Toast? I can't decide but it will probably be more significant than the 100th Senator toeing his party line to endorse an empty suit candidate over an empty headed candidate.

    April 23, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    To the baffoon who said he'll like to see a Romney/Palin ticket, it still doesn't sink into your numbskull that the American people reject Sarah Palin. Anyone she endorses is destined to lose. She'll shut up once she sees her psycho talk sister Michelle "The Evil One" Bachmann get kicked out of office.

    April 23, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Priscilla

    Seriously, why would anyone with a mind even THINK of Palin as a possible Republican presidential candidate? Just take a look around the world! How could she in any way take care of the problems facing all of us when she said clearly that she never had a passport because she wasn't interested in any other part of the world other than the US? Plus McCains staff said she knew absolutely NOTHING about history in any category. Why she is even around, aside from her love for attention, is wayyyy beyond my imagination!!

    April 23, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Annie, Atlanta

    There's no money in being President, and it's obvious Sarah's in it for the money. She made $12 Million (and that's only what is available in public records) last year off the ignorant masses. The only reason I could think that would make her run is so she can put God, and her Dominionist masters, in charge. But there's no money in that.

    April 23, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. kate

    Neither Romney or Palin would be good presidential material.
    Palin is definitely NOT qualified to be president of the US. Romney is just too darn wealthy and would only stick up for the wealthy of this country. That is what the republicans are all about anyway. Neither could give the United States a good image on the world stage.
    Palin loves money and would never have the American people at heart.

    April 23, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Dave

    It's ridiculous that this would be the choice for the GOP. Someone else better be in the mix or a third party needs to rise up. The two party system is a scam anyway.

    April 23, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    Hope he can come up with someone better, to support, before the time comes. Romney is ancient history.

    April 23, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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