NEWTON, Mass. (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama says New Hampshire has a “great senator” in Democrat Jeanne Shaheen but he’d be “happy” if her possible challenger, former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown, wants to move to Texas because moderate Republicans are needed in other parts of the country.
Obama made the remark Wednesday during a White House interview with New England Cable News.
When asked if Brown is the kind of moderate Republican needed in the Senate, Obama said he’d wait to comment until Brown formally announces his candidacy. But he said “I’d be happy” if Brown wants to move to Texas because “we could always use” some moderate Republicans in other parts of the country.
He says New Hampshire’s “already got that covered” with Shaheen.
Brown has formed a political exploratory committee.
Obama also said that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick would make a great president.
“Deval would make a great president or vice president, but I think based on me talking to him, it sounds like he’d like to take a little bit of a break,” Obama said. “He’s still a relatively young man, he’s done a great job for the state of Massachusetts 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 has done a great job and I think signals that he could be very successful at the federal level as well.”
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