[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/23/art.palin.brown.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Scott Brown says he'll stick with fellow Massachusetts Republican Mitt Romney over Palin if the two were to face off for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012."](CNN) - A week after declining to appear with Sarah Palin at an event in Boston, Sen. Scott Brown says he'll stick with fellow Massachusetts Republican Mitt Romney over Palin if the two were to face off for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.
"I am going to support Governor Romney," Brown said in an interview with NBC that aired on Friday, when asked if he'd back Palin. "I am going to see who is out there in the field and then make my decision."
Citing official business in Washington, Brown declined to appear with the former vice presidential nominee at a Tea Party rally in Boston last week, a move that led some Tea Party opponents to question how much sway the grassroots movement actually holds, especially in a Democratic state like Massachusetts.
While Tea Party activists poured money and organizational support into the Massachusetts Senate race earlier this year, Brown has largely kept the movement at arms length.
Brown has also kept his distance from Palin, arguably the most popular figure among Tea Party activists and conservative Republicans. He did not invite her to campaign for him during his Senate bid and, after he won the seat, told reporters he had never spoken with the former Alaska governor.
Palin aides soon revealed that the Alaska Republican in fact spoke with Brown after the election - a phone call Brown has said he "forgot" about.
Asked by NBC if he thinks Palin is qualified to sit in the Oval Office, Brown said, "yeah, I think she's qualified, sure."
But when it comes to his own presidential ambitions, the Massachusetts Republican specifically ruled out running for the White House in 2012.
But what about mounting a presidential campaign down the road? "I am not even going to jump at that. Nice try," Brown said.