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Hints of a Future Run in Brown's Final Floor Speech?

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December 12, 2012

In case you didn't get the memo from his concession speech: Sen. Scott Brown believes defeat is only temporary.

In his closing floor speech, the recently defeated Massachusetts Republican could be forgiven for sounding like he was still on the stump, as speculation continues to swirl around President Obama nominating Sen. John Kerry to a cabinet position -- triggering a possible Massachusetts special election. If a special election did occur, Republicans seem poised to support Brown, who won his seat in an upset special election victory in 2010.

Several of his campaign themes came up in his speech, particularly an emphasis on his independence and bipartisanship.

"I'm proud that my voting record has identified me as the second most bipartisan senator in the United States Senate as referenced by Congressional Quarterly and I was named the least partisan senator in the United States Senate by Washingtonian Magazine," said Brown. "It was the independent and bipartisan approach that provided me with an opportunity to stand with the president at the White House on three separate occasions in the past two years to see bills that I had either sponsored or played a key role in securing their passage into law."

Brown often brought up his trips to the White House during the campaign, and used an image of himself with Obama in his closing argument television ad.

In his concession speech on November 6, Brown said that "defeat is only temporary," which some took as a hint that he would run again. At the conclusion of his floor speech, he also said that victory and defeat are temporary, and added that "Depending on what happens and where we go, all of us, we obviously may meet again."

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