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Brown Tells Senate Colleagues ‘We May Obviously Meet Again’

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown delivered his farewell speech to the Senate Wednesday morning, listing accomplishments he made during his nearly three years in the chamber and suggesting that he and his colleagues “may obviously meet again.”

In the final comments of his speech, Brown said, “Victory and defeat is temporary. Depending on what happens and where we go, all of us, we may obviously meet again.”

With Sen. John Kerry seen as a top contender to become secretary of state, speculation has been rampant that Brown may run in a potential special election to fill that seat.

Brown voiced his opposition to proposed Senate rules changes that would alter the number of votes needed to approve legislation and limit the minority party’s ability to filibuster bills. Brown said he is “deeply concerned” about rules changes that would “change the ability for both sides to do battle” over legislation.

“That’s not what our country is about and that’s not what this chamber is about,” Brown said.

Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren, who defeated Brown and will take his seat in the Senate in January, has said she will vote to limit the filibuster rules, the Associated Press reported early this month.

At the close of his speech, Brown thanked his fellow colleagues, telling them “we may meet again.” Brown also urged congressional leaders and President Obama to work together on the nation’s fiscal issues.

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