January 20th, 2010
05:58 PM ET
10 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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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. obama the liar

    that reporter should be fired for not asking the community organizer the same question.

    January 20, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Saxo Grammaticus

    President? Jeez, let's take this one disaster at a time please...

    January 20, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Lee

    Thanks you Massachusetts for stepping up. I think you made a fine choice in Mr Brown.

    January 20, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Kathy S. Cloughn

    Puhleeeeeze, the man hasn't even been sworn in! I know, a Brown/Palin ticket is a dream to some of you folks.....spare me.

    January 20, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Jann in Denver

    President? Didn't this guy pose practically nude for money? Its an joke and embarassment that he even won Massachusetts.

    January 20, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. warren smith

    sense of humor

    January 20, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. gt

    sounds like a winner...

    January 20, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Republicans should study this fellow very closely. He's moderate and almost an Independent. He's the new face of the Republican party. If they want to succeed in the future they need to start acting and believing like Brown.

    January 20, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. tony volu

    i am originally from mass.and a former union leader.All i can say is ted k.must be turning over in his grave after seeing the results.i met with him in the early 70s and he showed us his nhiplan and it was wonderful,. finally a program for all people.did you hear me all all people.and to continuously be shot down by the republicans.so now we have a pretty boy who promises to give us the same george bush
    answers.i am sick they{republicans] just got done screwing up our country and almost wiped us out and created this no work factor and doing nothing about it,so we blame OBAMA wake up america please dont give them another shot.GIVE our prez some time and i am positive that he will come thru.

    January 20, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Brad

    We are seriously concerned with this question?

    January 20, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Frank

    What 'Change' and 'New Direction' are Brown and the Republicans talking about?

    Are they referring to a change back to the policies they pushed in the Bush era? The deregulation and corruption that helped wreck our economy? The arrogant go-it-alone foreign policy that squandered the international goodwill and cooperation after 9/11 and alienated the US from the rest of the world community? More never-ending war in Iraq? A continuation of rising health care costs and declining health care insurance coverage for hardworking Americans? More outsourcing of American jobs overseas?

    If a return to that era is the 'change' Massachusetts voters were asking for and Republicans plan on delivering, then we are all in for a very bleak future in these United States.

    January 20, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. kd

    So the rest of us around the country are wondering, 'who is this guy?' Is he someone with background, ability, and ideas or is he just another Palin that happened to be in the right place at the right (or wrong, depending on your position) time?

    January 20, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. mark

    Repubs that desperate for a candidate that they want someone with 0 experience running for President? Oh yeah..the Palin thing..nevermind, it makes sense now.

    January 20, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Dean

    typical GOP he hasn't even arrived in Washington, DC yet and they want to run him for President because he won a seat.

    January 20, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. David

    I think us Gen Xers moderates will welcome Scott Brown into the fold..

    I can just imagine him living in a cheesy mid-80s bachelor pad with Nagels hanging on the walls....

    January 20, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. dennis

    CNN it didn't take you long to start throwing dirt at the new Senator, did it.

    January 20, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. think4urself

    So funny... The good people of Massachusetts just killed healthcare for the rest of country by electing this guy. And what do they care, they already have a state plan that covers almost everybody and does have mandates and many of the same features as the Obama plan. It is good for them just not everybody else. What a wonderful world....

    January 20, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. PJP

    hey, even though I am glad he won, lets see what he can do now!! Don't be putting him on the presidential train yet!!!

    January 20, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |

    Of course he wants to be Preseident. Why pretend he doesn't. But, man oh man I feel for Obama. Just a year gone and people expect him to have fulfilled everything? Unbelivable!

    January 20, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. One Nation

    Every since day one of Obama's presidency, it has been a race of the quickest and most clever to see how fast they can get this man out of office. ...It actually started before he was elected looking under every rock to find a way to discredit him.

    I really did not comprehend the stories of my parents about the Old America. Someone once told me, don't let it fool you, the core of America has not changed, it just had to find a more clever way of doing what it has always done; and if you look very close, fear will start to shine a light on what is really hidden.

    January 20, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. CBR

    I think people are reading a lot more into the importane of this eleciton. Mr Brown will finish out Ted Kennedy's seat.

    More importantly Martha Coakly was not the best person for the joib. Perhaps people voted for the lesser of two evils.

    Emily's List jumped right on her bandwagon and that was their big mistake. The best candidates were not nominated and time will tellhow this election will realy work out.

    I do think it is funny that Republicans were all atwitter about Levi Johnston pictures ina magazine and her they have one of their own who also posed ready to take an oath of office.

    You jusst have to love the hypocricy that we see every day.!!

    January 20, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. Sara

    Don't MOST congresspeople harbor some Presidential aspirations?

    January 20, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Monte Brown

    Oh leave the man alone. He just handed the Democrats their butts. Give Scott Brown a break and let him bask in the glow. Sarah Palin will make a great President.

    January 20, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. phoenix86

    Well, Brown is certainly more qualified than Obama.

    January 20, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Ted:Canada

    Seems like a NICE guy!

    Reminds me of Obama

    I think the Republican's just handed Obama one heck of a nice GIFT!

    Go For It Obama

    January 20, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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