March 24th, 2010
07:42 PM ET
13 years ago

Power lunch at the White House

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Scott Brown and Joe Biden had lunch Wednesday at the White House."]Washington (CNN) – The man who spent nearly four decades in the U.S. Senate hosted the chamber's newest member on Wednesday.

Vice President Joe Biden treated Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts for a lunch at the White House.

"Scott Brown is grateful for the opportunity to have lunch with the vice president. Senator Brown spoke about the importance of turning the nation's attention to jobs, and that Americans want their government to have a focused attention on the economy," Brown communications director Gail Gitcho told CNN.

CNN has reached out to the vice president's office for their read on the lunch, but has yet to receive a response.

Brown won his seat in a January special election to fill the office formerly held for nearly five decades by the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy. Brown's upset election victory over the Democratic candidate, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, changed the power structure in the Senate as the Democrats lost their 60 seat supermajority.

Brown is opposed to the health care bill passed by the House Sunday night and signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday. This week, the Senate is debating and voting on fixes to the legislation that were passed by the House and sent to the Senate. As vice president, Biden may be needed to go to Capitol Hill and cast a possible tie breaking vote in the Senate to pass the fixes approved by the House.

It appears the meeting between Biden and Brown wasn't all business.

"They also talked about sports and the Red Sox," adds Gitcho.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Hopefully they had a civil conversation to set an example for the rest of Washington.

    March 24, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Whatever!!

    Scott Brown is trying ot distance himself from the right wing fringe. Too late Scott.

    March 24, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. all the news that's fit to omit

    Nothing bad here, actually a good idea and it isn't a bad idea for both sides to REALLY sit down and just talk, just AS FOLKS DO.

    Oprah is on and the mailman already came, so the rahm-tards won't be posting anything negative about Brown until 05:00 pm (est).

    March 24, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. MJ

    May be that they will discuss the latest "glitch" in the "NEW HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL". Appears that children with preexisting conditions will not be allowed until 2014. Why didn't any Democrat actually read this 2000+ page Bill? Why did they want to save a sinking ship? Hope Biden refrains from using the "F" word during this discussion. He is a disgrace.

    March 24, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. BLM

    Watch out Scott...don't drink the Kool-Aid.

    March 24, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    I hope Brown can show the nutjobs that hate, fear, physical threats, etc. only get them voted out – not re-elected.

    March 24, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. jeff jackson, alabama

    Wow..... I wonder if Biden taught him any words
    you usually see written as grafiti on the side
    of box cars on trains.

    March 24, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Seth

    Isn't is good to see some bipartisanship in Washington. See there,
    just be nice, quit ramming things down on the citizens that they understand much better than you do. We are America. We are government.

    March 24, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. munchmom

    No tainted food or F-bombs, I hope....

    March 24, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. gt

    i hope sen brown doesnt learn some cuss wordsfrom biden ,,,that type of talk from the vice president is shame full,,, gutter talk like biden make me feel dirty ,,,, mr president dump the kur dog ....

    March 24, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Senator Brown spoke about the importance of turning the nation's attention to jobs, and that Americans want their government to have a focused attention on the economy,"

    Dude's off message. He's supposed to be foaming at the mouth over the HCR bill, isn't he? Oh well. Good for him. We'll see what he says about the bill Dodd's committee is proposing for a consumer protection agency. If you think that has nothing to do with helping the economy, you're a fool.

    March 24, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. gt

    joe needs to give up cussing for lent next year....

    March 24, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Maybe Biden is just doing the right thing in inviting a newcomer to Washington over for lunch.

    Maybe he's not too late to save him from the flesh-eating GOP mentality of 'vote no, and do nothing'.

    March 24, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Zach K

    That's good news. As a Democrat, I do wish Scott Brown the best of luck. He has big shoes to fill, and I know he'll do a good job. I hope at least he'll attempt to work with the Dems on certain issues.

    March 24, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |