Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump may have found someone he could picture as his vice presidential running mate, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. Brown now living in New Hampshire hosted a rally for the GOP frontrunner on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 where Trump agreed with an audience member that Brown would be “very good” vice president. Brown host Trump as part of “No BS Backyard BBQ” series.
Trump lavished praise on his rally host, saying, “Vice president – hey, that sounds like it could, hey, hey, very good.” Agreeing that a Trump-Brown ticket sounded good the frontrunner listed Brown’s virtues, assets that Trump considers important to a running mate. Trump expressed, “Hey, you know what? And he’s central casting. Look at that guy. Central casting. He’s great. Great guy and a great, beautiful, great wife and family. So important.”
Brown, a former Massachusetts state senator moved to the national stage in 2010 showing he can appeal to a board base as a Republican who broke into a Democratic stronghold state. In a special election, Brown managed to wrestle a Senate seat over the Democratic candidate the state’s Attorney General Martha Coakley. Brown won former Senator Edward Kennedy’s seat that he held for 47 years, only four months after Kennedy’s death. Brown’s victory at that point was considered a major feat.
Brown aimed for re-election in the 2012 election cycle; in a tough and close race, he lost in the end by 8 percentage points to Democrat Elizabeth Warren. He proved himself a very capable fundraiser in both his campaigns. Brown won with the help of the Tea Party but ended up being a moderate Republican as a senator, which the Tea Party has not yet forgiven him. Brown moved back to his birth state of New Hampshire and tried to beat Senate Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen during the 2014 midterm election, but was one of the rare Republicans who failed to win. Brown lost in a very close race.
Trump is leading all national polls by wide margins. In the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, he has 33 percent support from Republican voters, 13 points above second place Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Trump is also leading in the important early primary state of New Hampshire. According to the latest Monmouth University poll, he has 32 percent support, a nearly 20 point advantage over Cruz. Trump, however, is behind in the first nominating state of Iowa. A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll has Trump three points behind Cruz, 19 top 16 percent. Trump is struggling to regain his lead in that state.
Most Republicans are resigned that Trump will most probably become the Republican nominee, and the next great guessing game will be his choice for his vice presidential running mate. Considering his praise for Scott Brown maybe the VP stakes game will not last long.