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. bob

    Hey... why not, can't be any worse.

    January 20, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Aaron Crespo

    Scott Brown is the future of the GOP! Kudos to Obama for showing political maturity and for congratulating Scott. People have spoken. Health Care bill is downhill from now on!

    January 20, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Phil in KC

    Oh, please! He wins one election in a small state over an incompetent opponent and now they're talking Presidency? Give me a break!

    January 20, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. mattyj273

    He can't be President, he hasn't had an opportunity to ruin the economy yet.

    January 20, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I guess Scott's victory in Mass. is small news since this is the only link on CNN's main page.

    Go Scott! Take back our massive government, and continuing to grow, and allow our great nation's residents to live free without the threat of pin-heads in Washington imposing it's will on the people.

    January 20, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. historian

    Maybe, just maybe Mr. Brown will bring some respect back to the Republican party who are playing with America's future..

    January 20, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |

    Last night when I watched his acceptance speech on CNN (Good job CNN), I was thinking about this too. He seems to me having special charm and ability to become the next GOP Candidate. Let's wait for his performance at the US Senate.

    January 20, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. kaye

    Of course he wants to be President and believes he is presidential material. Every republican politician in Americat beleives they each should be president! If he is walking, talking and so far has no skeletons revealed, then he jumps to the top of their list of contenders. The fact that Mr. Brown can put words together to create a coherent sentence places him light years in front of most of the candidates being named today by the Republican party. This is an embarrassing day for the State of Massachusetts. They will soon find out though, what it is lilke to live in a state with Republican representation. God help them.

    January 20, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Eric

    It is comical how CNN is no doing whatever it can to discredit Coakley. The Dem's are shameless when it comes to throwing there own under the bus when something goes wrong. Unfortunately, this game is up. People see the truth for what it is. The fact is that American's have had it with the non-American manner in which the WH and congress have managed all facets of government. CNN should take note of how quickly the landscape can change. It too has been un-American in its reporting and has been and continues to be a mouth piece for this failed coup of American values and ideals. My suggestion to CNN is to learn from the failure of Obama's party and change your ways while you still have remaining relevance in the world of "news". Otherwise you WILL find yourselves asking the same questions that the Dem's are asking..."what just happened?”

    January 20, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Russ

    With this guys racist, bigoted, sexist past..........President? He would get ripped apart in a primary. If Coakley had actually campaigned and brought this guys past to the forefront he wouldn't be a Senator right now. Not sure what Coakley was thinking or doing in her campaign. I guess nothing.

    January 20, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. lou

    Yeah... Brown/Palin 2012 ,thats a perfect ticket for our brain dead "American Idol" culture. 2 pinups ,they can compare nude photos and beauty pageant clips. They can put Joe the plumber in the administration somewhere. and of course,Glenn Beck can become the WH chief of staff...Wait til the truth comes out about this guy.
    DNC dropped the ball by not outing him.

    January 20, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Jeff

    This is a very scary idea. It would lead to the SECOND COMING...of "Brown Shirts" that is. One Nazi Germany in world history was enough.

    January 20, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Carnoe Morales

    Are we going to get the usual speechifying from Obama on this loss to Brown?

    January 20, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. What Planet

    It is a silly question. Be a MAN and say so Mr. Brown.

    January 20, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Guest

    Just what we need- another Republican Senator... Now instead of very little getting done we will have nothing get done. It just goes to show that the original intent of the founders has been perverted by the media. There is now way this country is going to be able to meaningfully do anything. Everything is so partisanily charged. Policy makers are going to fear that any decision they make is going to be their last. We need to develop a whole new system, one that encapsulates more than just 2 parties

    January 20, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Brian

    Good guy...we need more of them in politics. Vote people not parties. Let's keep our country great.

    January 20, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. LB

    By the time the election rolls around he would have about as much time as US Senator as the current president had.

    January 20, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Scott

    Maybe saying for President might me too much, but than again the same could be said about Obama as well. Good talkers really isn't what our country needs, we need leaders!!! I hope Mr. Brown shows to be as good of leader as he is a campaigner...

    January 20, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Kay

    He would have to be better than what the Rep. have been putting up during the last few decades, and those saying they are thinking of running next.

    January 20, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Obama ... worst President ever!

    Scott Brown should consider the position.

    January 20, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Debbie

    OMG he's only been a state Senator. He might have had a great win in Mass but that hardly means hes qualified or had any experience to run for President. Palin's had more experience than this guy.

    January 20, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Francis, Maui

    Scott Brown should be much better than most Republicans, especially Sarah Palin.

    January 20, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Change In America

    He will never win ...Everybody dont think like Mass people

    January 20, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. rainier08

    He wants to send the country in a different direction ?

    lets see...just what direction would that be. hell, it has only been a year since we have seen his direction....8 solid years of it. Sound good you Mass. clowns who voted for this guy ? Short memories have ya ?

    January 20, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. rcn

    Typical CNN to use a headline implying that Brown now wants to be president, when the ticker article clearly states that he made light of the question and wants to focus on being a senator. Maybe CNN knows that an erroneous headline is all the typical CNN reader needs to feel informed.

    January 20, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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