It should come as no surprise that Senator Scott Brown said today that he would support Mitt Romney for president in 2012 -- Romney was a big backer of Brown's campaign for Senate, and was the one who suggested to Brown that he run for the seat.
"I'm going to support governor Romney," Brown said this morning on NBC. "I'm going to see who's out there in the field, and then make my decision."
In an interview on the Today Show that aired Friday, Brown batted away any suggestion of himself running for the Oval Office in 2012. And he said he doesn't care about criticism of his votes crossing the aisle on the jobs bill.
"Whether I'm out of step with the Republican Party, whatever," Brown said. "You know, I don't really care. I'm going to be the independent person and voter I've always been."
Brown also said former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is qualified to be president. When asked by the NBC reporter directly if he thinks she is qualified, Brown said: "Yeah, I think she's qualified, sure."
Brown avoided attending a Tea Party rally in Boston with Palin on April 14, which the media played up as a snub.
It should be no secret that Brown is much more closely allied with Romney than Palin..
Back in January, when the Massachusetts special Senate election was the talk of the country, some Republicans wondered why Romney wasn't making a big splash for Brown.
But the low profile was intentional -- Romney, the former governor, is kind of like political Kryptonite in Massachusetts.
Here's how Politico reported the story back on January 18, just a day before the special election.
Romney’s allies argue that even though the former governor has not had a public presence in the race, he has nevertheless played a key role for Brown. Eric Fehrnstrom, a Romney spokesman who is advising Brown, noted that Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC had donated $4,500 to Brown’s campaign during the primary and general elections.
And it was Romney, Fehrnstrom pointed out, who in September encouraged Brown to wage a campaign for the seat that had been held by Ted Kennedy since 1962.
See the Today Show clip below: