Answer: Senator Edward Brooke (R-MA)
January 15th, 1967 was the very first Super Bowl Sunday. It was also the second Sunday after the newly elected class of 1966 Senators were sworn into the 90th Congress.
That morning, Meet the Press featured its usual political fare - airing a special one-hour program with five new Republican senators. One of the standout guests was Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, the first African American to be elected to the United States Senate by popular vote. He was then a newcomer to Capitol Hill, but would go on to have a distinguished career in Washington. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the body’s highest prize, by President Obama in 2009, and today is the longest living Republican senator.
On Meet the Press, Brooke spoke about America’s aspirations to reach the moon, saying that though he had recently been appointed to the Senate’s Space Committee, “I certainly think getting to the moon is important, but I think solving the problems on earth are more important.” Naturally for Meet the Press, the program then moved on to presidential politics and the Republican primary. Watch the clip below to see what Senator Brooke had to say about the father of another prominent Massachusetts Republican -- GOP presidential contender George Romney…
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