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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  1. hongli

    Boston - What can BROWN the CLOWN do for you?

    January 20, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. hampster

    Leave mushroom head Brownie in the senate. After eight years of Bush/Cheney America does not need another republican in the White House. Especially with slug Rush giving the marching orders.

    January 20, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. C'Mon Man

    Scott Brown for President? Let's just relax a little. He's "Johnny Bravo" – he's there because the Republican jacket fit. That's all.

    January 20, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Akin

    Scott Brown can now dream to become anything thanks to Joe Kennedy who gave him the seat by refusing to contest. He won because Democrat has no candidate.

    January 20, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Michael Harkins

    What a bunch of whiney babys...By the way did Nancy Pelosi see her shadow and jump back in her hole? We can only hope!!!

    January 20, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Steve

    If he can win a Senate seat in Mass, no reason to think he couldn't pull it off... I take him very seriously.

    January 20, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Michael

    Perhaps he should try doing the he was elected for first and then decided if he would make a great president. And, not try to ride a lightning storm of media attention to get into the White House like Sarah Palin tried and failed and now we see just how miserable of a politician she truly was.

    We need to get to know who he is and what he stands for first.

    January 20, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Steve

    Wow, he definitely seems genuine in his response. None of this couching the answer in doublespeak, instead he got to the point, that he thought it was a silly question and that he's overawed that he's even where he is right not.

    From 30 points behind a month ago to a solid victory in less than 4 weeks the man has got to be stunned shocked and amazed that he not only won but has become the center of such controversy regarding what his victory somehow "means" beyond that the voters felt he resonated with them and their frustrations.

    I hope he does his job and does it well. It's a welcome change to have a serving member of the military also be in the senate, perhaps he'll be more mindful of the problems and dangers our men and women in uniform face. Perhaps he'll be a little more interested in protecting our freedoms than in taking them away.

    My best wishes to Sen. Brown Way to go Scott!

    January 20, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Jim

    President? Let's see how he votes. If he is another heartless conservative, he will lose in the next election. I wish the Republican prostiticians would offer a plan for national health insurance instead of just being a party of NO unless it comes to waging a war so their buddies in the military-industrial complex can earn millions of blood money dollars. Conservatives are worthless.

    January 20, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. joe m

    this notion is dumb. the man hasn't even begun his frist day as a senator. let him do the job he was sent to washington done first, then maybe we can start talking about whether he has what it takes to be president.

    January 20, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Anne E.

    He's nothing but the male Sarah Palin.

    January 20, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. They call me "tater salad"

    Yep...........Just what we needed in Washington..........Another corporate prostitute, Republican! I guess you sheep will never learn, but then again, that's really no surprise seeing as though "Y'all ain't never been much fer book learn'in's no-how"............Hukt auwn fawnikts werkt fer yoo much?

    January 20, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    GOP = Party of Smoke and Mirrors

    Their idea of leading the country is to put airheaded, pretty mouthpieces out there to promote their tried-and-failed agenda of fear, hatred, division and lying.

    Pretty pathetic that the people of Massachusetts fell for it!

    January 20, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. Craig

    Yea, right. And maybe Palin can run for VP!

    January 20, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. C Spurgeon

    Whatever. At least he shows more sense than the journalist ?? who asked him that question. I hope he really tries to represent the people who elected him and not just become another no puppet for the GOP. Maybe he will have some ideas. One never knows...

    January 20, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. oldsoldierboy

    Scott Brown is just another lying republican pimpdaddy who will break one of his campaign promises the very first day he takes office. He ran as an independent republican who is against the establishment. Yet he will travel to Washington and setup office there because the establishment says that is what he must do. If he was any different from the rest, he would refuse to go to Washington and instead setup his chair within the commonwealth and allow those who agree and disagree with him to have a seat in his chair since he says it belongs to the people.

    January 20, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. Batnit

    Go Brown, Go Brown!! With this health bill, it will be cheaper to pay the fine and keep going to the ER. Stupid. I work at the website Storyburn and I see the angst in Americans right now over where this country is going. Small businesses need this bill to end or face firing a lot of people over 2010

    January 20, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Peter Vaguely

    A note to Republicans:

    Be careful what you wish for. Now that you have the power to stop Obama's legislative efforts you will have to take responsibility for it. No more carping about how bad Health Care Reform is. When you kill it the other 50% of the population will blame you and there will be no place to hide. It would have been so easy to criticize the bill once passed and take no responsibility. Now you're on the spot. Don't assume there is a groundswell of support. You're fooling yourselves.

    In addition you've done the Democrats the service of giving them a taste of bitter defeat prior to the midterm elections. You may find the all this makes electoral gains in November more difficult. You can't just continue to stamp your collective feet and hold your breaths until you turn blue...or you may find the entire country is turning "blue."

    January 20, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. m smith

    Well he would be the frist president that we would see more of than we wanted to. Only thing he covered in his phot shoot was his yammi> Good thing he is a repo they would nail a democrate for a photo like that.

    January 20, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Neo monarchist

    CNN and other Progressive/Marxist entities appear to be gearing up attacks on Scott Brown like they have on Sarah Palin.

    January 20, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Proud to be a Liberal American in Boulder

    Very interesting...

    Just what I thought when I saw him celebrating on television last night.

    Yes, I suspect this man has the Presidency in mind... he wins his battles, he appears to be smooth with the crowds, he says the right things to his constituents, he "looks presidential."

    Rest assured: he is and will be examined very carefully by both sides.

    I guess we will see.

    January 20, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Willy Brown

    Forget party lines politicians. Scott Brown is a true politician that why he got votes across the board. He answered straight up and with out the mumbo jumbo crap. You want a job this fall then get with the American people because we vote for US!

    January 20, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Is it me, or does this guy look like George W.?

    January 20, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. Shelly

    Another scam artist....wait and see all bottles of snake oil come out. The GOP is full of these artists, tell you how they will save you and leave you sick! Remember what Bush/Cheney left us with. Oh I forgot most Americans have tiny selective memories and large blabbering mouths.

    January 20, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Mickey

    Just another pretty face in an empty suit.

    January 20, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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