January 20th, 2010
05:58 PM ET
12 years ago

Brown brushes off presidential question

(CNN) - Having shocked the political world with his surprise Senate win in one of the bluest of states Tuesday night, it was only a matter of time before Republican Scott Brown was asked if he harbors any presidential ambitions.

Sure enough, in a press conference with reporters in Boston Wednesday, the newly minted senator-elect was asked if he felt he was "presidential timber."

Brown brushed aside the question, noting he hasn't even arrived in Washington, DC yet.

"I don't want to say that's a silly question but I am just so thankful for the support that I received from everybody…and to think about something higher? I am just honored to be in this position," he said.

"I can't tell you how proud I am to be here standing before you all," Brown said. "And being – having an opportunity to maybe send the country in a different and better direction – that's my goal."

In the 25 minute news conference, Brown also described his conversation Tuesday night with President Obama, who made a last-ditch trip to Massachusetts Sunday to campaign on behalf of Brown's opponent, Martha Coakley.

Describing the conversation as "great," the president told Brown he didn't criticize him "too hard" when he stumped for Coakley, and said he looks forward to meeting him in Washington. Brown also said the two discussed the possibility of playing basketball.

"I said, 'I have a basketball daughter and you pick your best and we'll play two on two,'" Brown said of the conversation. "He laughed. I said, 'Regardless, we may not agree on some things but you have a sense of humor and you have to have a sense of humor about politics.'"

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  1. Dana

    He may as well brush it off. Massachusetts may have had a senile
    moment and voted a Republican back in, but the rest of the country
    remembers well, and will never vote for a republican for president again.

    Right Palin?

    January 20, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Pete Sloan

    I really hope that this guy is for real and does try to change the status quo, and I am a democrat.

    January 20, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Paul H

    Obama may have gotten away with little experience in politics, and leaning on community organizer as the best part of his resume! But this guy needs to put his time in. For that matter I think the next President needs a lot more on a resume than Obama has. I mean voting present instead of yes, or no???, and Community organizer, or the great communicator just isn't going to cut it for the next president.

    January 20, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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