Current GOP front-runner Donald Trump asked former Senator Scott Brown during a rally on Saturday whether he would consider running for public office again. An audience member floated the idea of a Trump-Brown ticket. “Vice president – hey, that sounds like it could, hey, hey, very good,” Trump responded. Mr. Brown hosted the Trump rally as part of his “No BS Backyard BBQ” series. He is also set to hold a rally with Mr. Trump’s latest rival, Sen. Ted Cruz this weekend.
The Republican front-runner was flattering Brown as he sought his endorsement during a rally hosted by the former U.S. senator in a Toyota dealership here. After Trump took the stage to “Eye of the Tiger,” Brown introduced him as “the next president of the United States.” Trump returned the favor 10 minutes into his speech. “There’s no hope with these people that we have running for office, except for him of course,” he said, pointing at Brown. “Here’s a good man! We’re keeping our bad ones. We’re losing our good ones.” Brown is expected to endorse one of the candidates after a state GOP cattle call next weekend. However he clearly likes the idea of being vice president.
I’ve heard that before, so I’m just going to continue to work hard and see what happens.”
Brown represented Massachusetts for three years, from January 2010 to January 2013, after winning the special election to succeed Edward M. Kennedy, who died in 2009. He lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012. Then he moved to his vacation home in neighboring New Hampshire so that he could challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014. He narrowly lost that race, one of the few high-profile losses for Republicans during the midterms that year.
Trump said he will support Brown in whatever office he seeks. “The right thing is going to happen,” he said. “We’ve got to get him back. And we’ll be behind him 100 percent.” Brown has hosted every major GOP candidate at a barn in nearby Rye, on the Atlantic coast. The events are promoted as part of a “No B.S. Backyard BBQ” series.
He said he could not host Trump there because of the Secret Service’s concerns about security. So they held the event at a nearby Toyota dealership owned by one of his friends. Trump spent a big chunk of his speech here Saturday ripping into the senator from Texas as a hypocrite, even declaring that he is owned “lock, stock and barrel” by Goldman Sachs and Citibank because he took loans from the banks.
Speaking with reporters after the event, Brown said he is weighing three factors as he decides whom to endorse: “Somebody who is not afraid to make a decision and doesn’t always follow the polls; sometimes who will be politically incorrect and will do what’s best for this country … Someone also who is not afraid to admit when they’re wrong.”
Brown does not support Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States but supporting something a “little bit more interesting, and that is … there is nothing wrong with putting a halt on all immigration coming in.”