Scott Brown To Barbara Walters On 2012 Talk: 'I Don't Even Have A Business Card'
Newly elected Senator Scott Brown deflected discussion of running for president in 2012 but didn't give a Sherman-esque denial either during an appearance on ABC's 'This Week.'
"I have to tell you. I don't even have a business card," the Massachusetts Republican said. "I haven't even been sworn in. And it is very humbling and flattering but my job is to do the best possible job I can, very quickly -- hopefully sooner rather than later -- to represent the people of Massachusetts."
In an interview that touched the entire political waterfront, Brown discussed everything from "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (he wants to hear from the generals before weighing in on repeal) to his nude photo-spread in Cosmopolitan Magazine several decades ago.
On former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Brown said he did believe she had the capacity to hold the office of the president.
"I mean she's been a mayor and a governor and has a national following," he said. "But I think the more people in a presidential race the better. The caveat to that is I never met her. She's never contacted us and vice-versa. I know she's very popular and has a new book out. I haven't read it and hope to someday."
On abortion policy, he acknowledged that he still was a supporter of Roe v. Wade, though wanted to make it more difficult for abortions to tale place. "I feel this issue is best handled between a woman and her doctor and her family," he said. "And on the marriage issue that you brought up, it's settled here in Massachusetts, but I believe that states should have the ability to determine their own destiny and the government should not be interfering with individual states' rights on issues that they deal with on a daily basis."
And on health care reform, he insisted that the entire package should be shelved in favor of a more transparent and open process.
"I think it was on its last legs before I even got elected," he said, "because the Democrats even were upset at the backroom deals, for example, in Nebraska. And they want a chance, I believe, based on just what I'm hearing -- and I can't -- I'm not going to quote anybody directly -- that to go back to the drawing board and do it in a transparent, bipartisan manner -- that's the big difference between Massachusetts and Washington."