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. Augustine

    The reason President Obama didn't criticize Brown as hard as most people expected him to, is because the President already knew that Brown was going to nick it. The guy is a Liberal Republican for God's sake and the President is going to need him – maybe not for healthcare, but for other votes.

    The guy is a Liberal Republican and he represents Massachussetts. In the senate, hHe's going to vote left of center. It's just a matter of time before the Tea Partyers start threatening to primary him.

    January 20, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    brown is just A PUPET FOR THE PURIST PARTY OF NO also he is the same as palin with small male parts . and about as dumb 🙂
    the purist party won because the democrats couldn't find some one as dinamic as TED KENNEDY to run for the position .and his win only shows how badly the purist want to take back control of america to the CEO'S andbig business in general . to all the idiots that voted for the palin look alike take your blinders off the republican party doesn't care about you , they only care about the greed and money they can rip off from the middle class . you are actually a slave to your perfect party of purists , whities only a very small group of very wealthy people . you are a joke to humanity to think the purist care about you .

    January 20, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Minnesota gal

    Oh lord did this election go to his head. He was a putz is a putz and will always be a putz. He got lucky, because the republicans threw him to the wolves to run against Cloakey. They thought she would win in a landslide. But the butts in MA are so stupid they wanted to "send a message" about bush screwing up the economy and Obama not waving a magic wand to fix it in a flash, they voted for the most asinine candidate the republicans could put up...and he thinks he can run for presdient. Aren't republicans a joke.

    January 20, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Rob, Ohio

    Looking forward to all the Dems who will respond with the usual Republican/Rethuglican/"insert other stupid name here" banter, and continue to drink the kool-aid. Well, let me tell you something:

    ALMOST HALF of those voting in the last election didn't want Obama. Those people are still out there, and the undecideds have also seen how things are going under a Democratic majority and aren't happy about it. As much as some of you Dems like to portray Republicans as evil, malicious, the party of no, blah blah blah, the truth is we're Americans just as you are, and we have ideas. Some of your ideas are good, but so are some of ours. And we have to work together.

    If you think Brown's election was a fluke, all you have to do is wait. You'll see it's anything but.

    January 20, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. John Black Hills/SD

    Republican self-esteem must really see itself in a pit when the GOPers have their pantie ruffles fluffed up with one senate seat victory. The problem the GOP has is that they continue smell like sheep farmers in a rose garden. Sorry GOP...your still a sorry excuse for a political party.

    January 20, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Angus McDugan

    Debra in Atlanta is wrong and is still stuck in the 1950"s.

    January 20, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. first thing first....

    Now that the people of th commonwealth elected Scott Brown to the US senate is great but he must earn the seat....!!!

    Sarah Palin earned the honor to run for President in 2012...America go
    "Palin" she has what it takes to rebuild America back to greatness..!!!

    January 20, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. NC

    Brown won because the people in his state already have health care.
    We have become a uncivilized country of I've got mine now you get yours.

    January 20, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. The Film Professor

    Yeah, right. And let's see what happens when this guy runs for re-election and the Dems put up a credible candidate who will be willing to shake hands outside of Fenway Park.

    Brown was the beneficiary of voters who are p.o.'ed about the lack of jobs and the inability of Obama to fix everything within 12 months.

    But my fellow Dems need to understand that things need to be significantly better by November, because angry voters tend to turn on whoever is currently in office.

    January 20, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Joshua Ludd

    Only a matter of time my sweet aunt Fannie. He won a special election to the senate. We have a very large number of people in congress... do you ask each and every one of them who wins an election by a wide margin if they are going to run for president? ... or is this just more flailing about for a candidate.. any candidate by the Republican part filthered through the "liberal" media?

    January 20, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. ObamasRecordDefict

    Why not? We elected a rookie senator from Illinois, BOZO the clown.

    Can't do any worse.

    January 20, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. DP

    How unbelievably forgetful some Americans are.When Bill Clinton left office, we had a SURPLUS!.........George W. Bush spent all that and more than ALL THE OTHER PRESIDENTS BEFORE HIM COMBINED!
    Look it up.Now repugnantcans come out of the woodwork to criticize
    Obama's spending.Where were they for 8 years?
    My father told me many years ago " A working man who votes for a republican, is like a chicken who votes for Colonel Sanders".

    Oh,I'm sorry,I forgot there were some people who did very well finacially over the past 8 years......Cheney, Rumsfeld , Wolfowitz, Rice,
    BLOOD MONEY!......................................ps, anybody seen Bin Laden???

    January 20, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Charlie in Maine

    Mr Brown,

    We have been in your direction. No thanks. Congratulations on your win. Thanks for giving my party the wake-up cll it needs.

    But don't start measuring the curtains for the White House just yet.

    January 20, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Victorious Egret

    Were I on the right, I wouldn't get too excited about this guy. He ran as a populist centrist, not as a conservative. He may prove to be a conservative, but that's not how he sold himself to the voters.

    The liberals and the conservatives had better come to the realization that the rest of us, the majority, are tired of both of them.

    January 20, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. I Am Rush Limbaugh and I Say . . .

    In three years, when Obama sweeps to another term, Brown will be relegated to a political footnote and Mass will have a liberal to represent them.

    January 20, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Michigan

    Oh, you'd better believe he'll be in the running. He's young, popular with the GOP, good-looking, and hews to the party line.

    Pair him with one of the veteran GOPers like Huckabee or Romney and you'll have the ticket.

    January 20, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Cosmo porno man for prez??? Possibly a worse choice than Pinhead Palin.....

    January 20, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Tony

    That's right Brown, send us back in the direction Bush was taking us. I'm sure we'll all be thankful for Massachusetten voters when that happens.

    January 20, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. MJ

    Bravo Massachusetts! I thank you as a fellow American who is tired of Obama's arrogance and agenda. Sad to hear that the White House has announced that they are continuing on the same path. Guess they didn't get the message. Maybe they will come November.

    January 20, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Lulu'

    This is worse than Hollywood!!!!!!!!

    what a superficial Country is this........

    almost unbelievable

    January 20, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Laurie

    Time to think about the presidency. What a stupid, putting the cart before the horse thought.

    January 20, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Dante

    At least he's not like Obama, who when asked about running for President before he took office as Senator said no. Well I guess we all know how that ended.

    January 20, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Shmeckell

    It is sad to think this question made headlines. Most people are still questioning Obama's lack of experience. This guy hasn’t spent his first day in federal government and someone asked that question, be afraid be very afraid.

    January 20, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. RealityKing

    Anyone will do after this progressive nightmare..

    January 20, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. an observer

    Let Mr. Brown savor his victory for few months. Good looks and pretend folksy talk may be the winning formula for this election. Presidential ambition is another ball game. If he has any doubts let him ask Mitt Romney.

    January 20, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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