Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., really supports making Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., secretary of state.
Brown is competing against Democrat Elizabeth Warren, and most recent polls show him lagging slightly. If he loses this campaign and President Obama wins reelection, he might be rooting hard for the president to select the Bay State's senior senator as Hillary Clinton's successor as secretary of state: It would open up another Senate seat, and Brown would likely be the immediate GOP frontrunner if he chose to run (which is one reason the administration might hesitate to pick Kerry for the job).
Brown praised Kerry extensively in an interview with the Boston Herald, calling him a "friend," who would make a "great secretary of state," and called his work "phenomenal." The Herald:
"I consider John a friend," Brown said in an interview with the Herald inside his newly minted campaign bus. "He's a good man, and I have a lot of respect for him."
Brown repeated his belief that Kerry 'would make a great secretary of state' and called his work on a new nuclear-arms treaty with Russia "phenomenal."
Brown has often spoken warmly of his Democratic colleague, and in the Herald interview yesterday escalated his praise of Kerry.
"Listen, John Kerry, and I mean it, he would make a great secretary of state," Brown said in his campaign bus, which has huge pictures of him and his family on the outside. "I've had many personal experiences with him, riding bikes, socializing with Gail and I, with him and his wife."
Brown added that he heavily leans on Kerry for his legislative knowledge, especially on foreign policy.
"I think there's nobody in the United States Senate right now, except for Sen. John McCain ... that can compete with that knowledge," he said.
Kerry is supporting Warren in the Senate race.