January 19th, 2010
07:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Brown wants to play basketball with Obama, if he wins

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/19/art.scottbrown2.gi.jpg caption="Scott Brown says if he wins the special election to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat, he wants to play basketball with President Obama."]Boston (CNN) - Scott Brown says if he wins the special senate election to fill the last three years of the term of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, it will mean the voters are represented by a "regular guy."

Brown, a Republican state senator who's battling Democratic state attorney general Martha Coakley, made his comments after he voted Tuesday morning at a polling station in Wrentham, Massachusetts, near his home.

Asked by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King what message a Brown victory would send to President Barack Obama, the state senator said he'll show the president "my truck and play some basketball with him."

The truck is a green Dodge pickup truck, which Brown drove to the polling station. Brown has driven the truck across Massachusetts as he's campaigned for the senate seat, and the vehicle's appeared in his campaign commercials.

At a Coakley campaign rally Sunday, Obama appeared to make fun of the truck, saying "forget the truck. Everybody can buy a truck."

Brown also told King and others among a large group of reporters that his election would bring fairness and discussion back to Washington. He also cricitzed the Democrats for trying to rush health care reform through Congress.

Asked what would happen if, should Brown win, Democrats rushed through the healthcare legislation, Brown said people "would be outraged."

"I think that speaks for itself," he said. "I think people would be outraged and I think people pay for it in 2010 and the next midterm elections."

If Brown wins, he would become the 41 Republican in the Senate, depriving the Democrats of their 60 seat filibuster-proof supermajority. That could threaten the Democrats chances of passing health care reform.

–CNN's Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this story

soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    How nice of him.

    January 19, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Gary

    The good people of Massachusetts are known for starting revolutions that resound with the oppressed. Let's hear another "shot heard 'round the world" and put a down-to-earth citizen in office by voting in Mr. Brown. That will shake things up in Washington and put them off balance. It will assure that Mass. has a voice that is heard and an opinion that matters. They will then listen to us!

    January 19, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. this black liberal hates Obama

    I seriously doubt he'll be available for he'll probably be in the Oval Office just crying his eyes out after learning that you've won the U.S. senate race.

    But thanks for asking anyway, Senator elect Scott Brown!

    January 19, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Chris

    Hey Obama–I'm sure everybody YOU know can buy a truck, but not a whole lot of folks I know can afford to right now. I'm sure you and Hillary and Nancy and all your pals up there in D.C. who are FILTHY rich from "serving America" could buy a whole fleet of trucks, since you're all multimillionaires, but most of us can't. Thanks for the twist of the knife though, jerk.

    January 19, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. tom

    I can't buy a truck right now.

    January 19, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Diana

    Hey Mr. President, my husband needs a truck real bad . Guess what, we can not afford one! He is currently unemployed. So, no not everyone can buy a truck. This president is so out of touch!

    January 19, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Steve

    What kills me is that ANYONE would be stupid enough to believe one single word any republican would say. This is the party of war, lies, greed and murder. A regular guy...suuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeee he is! I wonder how many Joe-the-plumbers are still dumb enough to shoot themselves in the foot voting for this hand picked liar. I guess we're about to find out.

    January 19, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. No Incumbents 2010

    Why is showing off a truck and playing basketball more important for a US Senator than working to reduce the budget deficit and downsize every federal agency? Are we that dumb to believe imagery more than substance?

    January 19, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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