Scott Brown Gets ‘Presidential Timber’ Question

Jan 20, 2010 2:41pm

ABC News' Teddy Davis reports: At a Wednesday press conference in Boston, Senator-elect Scott Brown, R-Mass., was asked if he sees himself as “presidential timber.” He noted that he had not yet even arrived in Washington — but, at the same time, he didn’t seem to rule out a future White House run. While there are only three years between now and the next presidential election, that is not much shorter than the four years that Obama had between his election to the U.S. Senate and his election to the presidency. Buzz about Brown running for president got a big push shortly after his Tuesday night win when the DrudgeReport began running a banner headline asking: "NOW . . . WILL HE RUN FOR PRESIDENT?" A couple of potentially complicating factors for Brown in a run for the GOP's presidential nomination in 2012 would be his support for abortion rights and the fact that part of his political team overlaps with that of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who ran for president in 2008 and is actively laying the groundwork to run again in 2012.  Here is the "presidential timber" exchange:   QUESTION: Senator, Barack Obama, JFK, they started eyeing the White House the day they were elected to the Senate. Do you think you're presidential timber?
 
BROWN: Listen, I don't want to be disrespectful, but I have had no sleep right now. I haven't  even been down to Washington yet and I don't want to say that's a silly question, but, I'm just so thankful for the support I've received from everybody. Last night when I stayed and shook everyone's hands who was sweating and pushing, those are the people I want to go down there and represent.
 
To think of something higher — I'm just honored to be in this position. If you would have told me growing up that I would — you know, a guy whose mom is on welfare, and parents had some marital troubles and I – I had some issues, you know, growing up, a guy from Wrentham would be here standing before you right now, going to Washington, D.C., are you kidding me?
 
I don't know if you guys understand that, I know you have jobs to do, I have a wife and I respect those jobs, let me just tell you something it's not only overwhelming but it's so, I can't tell you how proud I am to be here standing before you all, and having an opportunity, maybe to send the country in a different and better direction — that's my goal. Other people may say he's going to do this, he's going to do that, I've never listened to them, I'm not going to listen to them now. ## ABC News' Kristina Wong, Devin Dwyer, and John Berman contributed to this report.

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