President Obama has a message for former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown: Give Texas a try.
Brown launched an exploratory committee last week for a U.S. Senate bid in New Hampshire, where he could potentially face incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
While Obama hesitated to weigh in on the race until Brown makes a formal announcement, he told NBC station New England Cable News Wednesday, “If Scott Brown wants to move down to Texas, we could always use some moderate Republicans in other parts of the country. New Hampshire has already got it covered with a great senator.”
The Associated Press previously reported on Obama’s remarks on Brown’s political ambitions.
Neither of the Republican senators representing Texas have moderate voting records, with both John Cornyn and Ted Cruz making it onto National Journal’s 2013 list of the “15 Most Conservative Senators.”
The president dodged a question on whether his own party should head down a more liberal or more moderate path. When asked whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be the future of the party, he said he thought those labels were outdated.
“I want a Democratic Party that fights for working families,” he said, shifting to talk about the importance of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
The president also spoke about another New England politician he believes has a bright future, saying Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick “would make a great president or vice president.”
“He’s done a great job for the state of Massachusetts,” Obama said. “And when you look at everything he’s been able to accomplish and the strength of economic growth and job creation, the reforms that have taken place around education and improvements in transportation, Deval’s done a great job and I think signals that he could be successful at the federal level as well.”