Scott Brown says he is ‘curious’ about a presidential run

Former Republican senator reacts to Obama's State of the Union

During a weekend trip to Iowa, the state that traditionally hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus, former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown said he was “curious” about launching a presidential bid of his own.

“I want to get an indication of whether there’s even an interest, in Massachusetts and throughout the country, if there’s room for a bipartisan problem solver,” Brown said, according to the Boston Herald, when asked whether he is considering a presidential bid. “It’s 2013, I think it’s premature, but I am curious. There’s a lot of good name recognition in the Dakotas and here — that’s pretty good.”

Whether his talk of executive ambition is serious or not, Brown’s summer excursion to the Hawkeye State at least serves the purpose of keeping his name in the news — plus he visited the State Fair in Des Moines, a must-stop for presidential candidates of all stripes.

Crossing the Iowa state border is a classic political maneuver in the run-up to an election cycle that almost always pays off with a quick headline. (Like the one you’re reading now!) Brown could be weighing his options for 2014 state races such as the Massachusetts governorship and the New Hampshire Senate seat.

Brown, who was elected in 2010 during a special election after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, lost his Senate seat last year when he was defeated by Democrat Elizabeth Warren. He declined to run in another Massachusetts special election earlier this year when President Barack Obama appointed former Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state, but Brown has not closed the door to possible future political endeavors. In the meantime, he works at a Boston law firm and is a paid on-air contributor to Fox News.