Scott Brown

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Race: U.S Senate
Party: Republican
Political Experience: 
2010-2012 - U.S Senate from Massachusetts
2004-2010 – Massachusetts State Senate
1998-2004 – Massachusetts House of Representatives
Personal: Married; lives in Rye
Education: Bachelor’s, Tufts University; J.D., Boston College Law School

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Brown says one of the main reasons he is seeking the seat held by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is the need to repeal the Affordable Care Act and encourage states to craft their own legislative solutions.

A supporter of “Romneycare,” the Massachusetts health care program that includes many of the same components of the ACA, Brown voted to repeal so-called Obamacare in 2010. Yet he acknowledges that benefits offered by the ACA, such as requiring coverage for pre-existing conditions, are important enough to be part of a New Hampshire plan.

“We need to repeal Obamacare and we need to put in place something that works for us…. There’s no reason why we can’t do it and also respecting our rights and freedoms and also doing it more competitively.”

In late July, Brown began running television ads blaming Shaheen and President Obama for the “immigration crisis on our hands.” He criticized Shaheen for supporting immigration reforms that include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S., which Brown characterizes as “amnesty.”

Brown told NHPR’s Brady Carlson that the U.S. needs to “secure our border once and for all.” But he supports allowing foreign students with visas to obtain green cards instead of automatically returning to their country of origin, and he says some workers ought to be allowed to remain in the U.S. if there is a need.

“I look at it in different pillars. The first pillar is if we have kids who are here from out of country and they’re going to school, they should get a diploma and the ability to stay here and live and work if they want. That’s a no brainer.

If we have people who need seasonal help because we have a service industry in our state, tourism, etc., and there’s needs to be filled, we should allow that to happen…. If you’re looking at executives and other engineers, doctors, etc., and there’s a need and we can’t fill that need in order to keep our businesses vibrant and in our state, we should allow that to happen, no problem.”

Brown supports an "all of the above" energy plan that includes federal tax subsidies to encourage the development of solar, geothermal and nuclear energy technologies.  

A one-time supporter of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program for New England states, Brown now opposes cap and trade or a "national energy tax," saying it would increase costs to consumers.  

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Politics
3:03 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Shaheen Sips A Smutty, Compares Small Business Voting Record To Brown's

Peter Egelston, founder and president of Smuttynose Brewery, showed Senator Shaheen what's on tap this fall.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

No later than 11 a.m. this morning, Senator Jeanne Shaheen celebrated the four-year anniversary of the Senate's Small Business Jobs and Credit Act with a few sips of Smutty.

Smuttynose’s new brewery in Hampton was financed in part with loans from the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act. That bill, which became law in 2010, created a $30 billion lending program through the U.S. Treasury.

Shaheen hoped to shine a spotlight on that bill today because she and her opponent, former Massachusetts Senator, Scott Brown both voted on it.

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Politics
8:08 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Brown Campaign Boosted By Poll Numbers, Christie Visit

Senate candidate and former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown
Credit Josh Rogers

Republican senate candidate Scott Brown was riding high yesterday. His campaign was lifted by some positive poll numbers, and by a visit from a one of his party's brightest lights, NJ Governor  Chris Christie. Democrats fought back with some lower-profile visitors,  ones from Brown’s former home-state of Massachusetts. 

If you believe the rhetoric coming from the camps of  Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown, you might call this race the Carpetbagger vs. the Obamabot.

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Politics
8:19 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Chris Christie Stumps In N.H. For Havenstein, Brown

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a potential Republican presidential candidate, is making his third trip to New Hampshire to campaign with the Republicans topping the party's ticket this November.

Christie will campaign Wednesday with gubernatorial nominee Walt Havenstein in Nashua then join U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown for a rally in Salem.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Republicans Push Party Unity

Left to right: Frank Guinta, Walk Havenstein, Scott Brown, and Marilinda Garcia
Credit Josh Rogers/NHPR

The unity message could be heard from the podium and heard from the banquet room floor -- and not simply from the usual suspects.

“The Democrats will say this is all for show, Republicans will keep fighting, and will beat them by letting them split hairs and they will stay home.”

That’s Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who keynoted the breakfast.

“So I want to show N.H. today, what I want to show the country, is that we are unified.”

Here’s former N.H. House Speaker Bill O’Brien:

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Politics
8:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul Visits N.H. To Attend GOP Events, Endorse Brown

Senator Rand Paul
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Senator Rand Paul, a possible candidate for president in 2016, is headed to New Hampshire again.

On Thursday night, Paul will attend a gathering of Generation Opportunity, a conservative group with links to billionaires Charles and David Koch.

On Friday, he'll headline a Republican party "Unity Breakfast" to rally the party after this week's primary.

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Politics
1:25 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Scott Brown Cruises In GOP Primary

Brown speaks after securing the win on primary night.
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Scott Brown was the front runner the moment he entered this race -- his third Senate run in five years -- and he topped a field that included former U.S. Senator Bob Smith and former State Senator Jim Rubens by about 20 points.

In his victory speech, Brown targeted President Obama as much as incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen -- their race is one of a handful that will decide which party controls the Senate.

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Politics
9:40 am
Fri September 5, 2014

In Final Debate, Rubens, Smith On Offense, Brown Avoids Mistakes

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In the final debate of the Republican primary for US senate, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith had one last chance to put Scott Brown on the ropes. They did their best, but Brown avoided any major missteps.

From the moment he’s come into the race Scott Brown has been seen as front-runner. Now with the primary just days away, Smith and Rubens are still trying to run him down.

When Brown, who has voiced support for an assault weapons ban in the past, evaded a question on gun control his rivals pounced.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Ad Audit: Shaheen Goes Negative; Attack Ad Fail; NHGOP Strikes Out

For months, Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown’s relationship with “big oil” has been the key that opened the wallets of donors to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s re-election campaign.

Now, with a recent poll showing Brown within striking distance of the incumbent, Shaheen is taking the message to the airwaves.

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Elections 2014
4:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. Senate Candidate Scott Brown

Scott Brown in NHPR's studio
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We continue our series of conversations with three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination in the U.S. Senate.

Scott Brown served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for three years, from 2010 to 2013. He also served in the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives.

Scroll down to find the full, unedited audio of our interview with Brown. Here are excerpts of his responses to some of the issues discussed, with his full answers (and more questions) in the audio.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Senate Candidates Trade Swipes In Radio Debate

Bob Smith, Jim Rubens and Scott Brown during a debate earlier this month in North Conway
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Republican US Senate candidates Bob Smith, Jim Rubens, and Scott Brown squared off this morning for a debate broadcast on WGIR. The repeated confrontations during the debate highlighted the growing tension between the trio as September 9th Primary nears.

Former State Senator Jim Rubens for weeks has been demanding Scott Brown lay out what – specifically – he would propose to replace Obamacare. That again was he tactic Rubens used Wednesday morning.

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NH News
4:25 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Shaheen Campaign Jumps On Brown's Connection To "Serial Outsourcer"

Credit Josh Rogers

Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign is trying to paint a company that paid her opponent Scott Brown $270,000 dollars as a “serial outsourcer.”

Brown has been on the board of directors of Kadant Incorporated, which supplies equipment for the pulp and paper industry, since February of 2013. The company’s annual report, which Brown signed off on, says it plans to grow in the US market by “using low cost manufacturing bases, such as China and Mexico.”

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Politics
5:04 am
Mon August 25, 2014

As Senate Primary Ramps Up, Brown Remains Candidate To Beat

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In just three weeks, Republicans will choose who will face one of the most successful politicians in recent New Hampshire history: incumbent US Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

This race is one of less than a dozen in the country that could help decide the balance of power in the Senate.

On paper, the three leading candidates have their strengths, but the front-runner remains clear. In the field are two former Senators, and a former state-level politician who the Manchester Union leader declared Citizen of the year in 2013.

But all of them have baggage.

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Elections 2014
3:27 am
Mon August 25, 2014

In New Hampshire, An Unexpected Tight Race For Senate

Paul Moccia of Atkinson, N.H., waits for New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown to be endorsed by Mitt Romney at an event in Stratham, N.H., on July 2.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 2:59 pm

When discussing competitive U.S. Senate races, New Hampshire isn't at the top of the list. Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana — they all have tight contests. But now it seems even New Hampshire may be in play.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is a former longtime New Hampshire governor, finishing up her first term in the U.S. Senate. Polls consistently find she's still personally popular, even after millions of dollars in attack ads run against her. And yet a recent WMUR Granite State poll finds she has a race on her hands.

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Politics
10:17 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Poll Shows Shaheen, Brown In Close Race For Senate Seat

Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen in NHPR's studios.
Credit NHPR Staff

A new poll shows U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and possible Republican challenger Scott Brown in a close race for the New Hampshire Senate seat.

The WMUR Granite State Poll shows, Shaheen, a Democrat, ahead of Republicans Bob Smith and Jim Rubens.

The poll says Shaheen has led Brown throughout the spring and summer, but her campaign is being weighed down by national politics, particularly the declining popularity of President Obama. The poll says only 37 percent of likely voters approve of the job Obama is doing as president.

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NH News
3:09 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

John McCain Stumps For Scott Brown At Derry Town Hall Meeting

Scott Brown and John McCain at a town hall meeting in Derry.
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Arizona Senator John McCain was back on the New Hampshire campaign trail Monday.

He was here to boost the campaign of former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.

John McCain won the New Hampshire primary twice, and seemed to understand that a crowd of Granite State voters – even one of full supporters – likes a little deference.

“I will leave it up to the good judgment of the people of New Hampshire. I certainly wouldn’t pretend to tell them how to vote, but I would like to share with them as I have today the experience I had with this good and decent American.”

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Politics
9:01 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Sen. McCain To Appear With Scott Brown At Town Hall

Arizona Sen. John McCain is coming to New Hampshire to support Scott Brown in his bid to return to the U.S. Senate.

The two will conduct a town hall-style meeting Monday morning at Pinkerton Academy in Derry. The topic is foreign policy.

McCain is popular among Republicans in the state: He won the 2000 presidential primary then won it again in 2008 on his way to the GOP nomination.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Republicans Meet For Senate Debate In Conway

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The leading candidates for U.S. Senate met for debates Thursday in North Conway.

The debate, hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, ranged from Obamacare to medical marijuana, from the Veteran's Affairs to the National Security Agency. And with the increasing instability in the Middle East the candidates spent plenty of time airing their views on the situation in Iraq.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Shaheen, Brown Discuss ACA At N.H. Events

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is emphasizing parts of the health care overhaul law that help seniors, while one of the Republicans hoping to unseat her is arguing against it.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Republican Senate Candidates "Stump On A Stump" In Concord

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  The Republican Candidates vying for the chance to run against Jeanne Shaheen for Senate in November were stumping in Concord over the weekend. Scott Brown, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith faced questions about agricultural and timber policies at an event hosted by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau and the Timberland Owners Association at Carter Hill Orchard.

Brown used the opportunity to say that he wants to cut the red tape required to get temporary worker visas.

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NH News
12:14 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Scott Brown Kicks Off Town Hall Meeting Series Tuesday In Salem

Scott Brown
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown will kick off a series of town hall meetings Tuesday night in Salem.

Brown, a former Massachusetts U.S. Senator, says Tuesday night’s discussion will focus on immigration, with each meeting focusing on a particular topic.

Brown is running against former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith and former state Senator Jim Rubens in the Republican primary on Sept. 9.

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Politics
2:44 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Holderness 'Thank A Vet' BBQ A Draw For Republican Primary Hopefuls

Former state Senator Jim Rubens, left, mingles at the "Thank a Vet" BBQ in Holderness on Saturday. Rubens, a Republican, is running for U.S. Senate.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The “Thank a Vet” barbeque in Holderness Saturday drew several Republicans vying for their party’s nomination in the upcoming September primary.  

Among them was former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith, who’s running to get his old seat back.

Smith has yet to release fundraising figures, but he says his campaign is doing fine.

“We don’t do fundraisers in Las Vegas and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. We’re a grassroots organization. I like to say I’m a country music Republican, not a country club Republican and so that’s where we’re raising our money.”

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

2014 Primaries and Elections: A Look Ahead

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With summer officially here, it’s not just the weather heating up, but the political season as well. There are polls, ads, debates being scheduled, and big-name politicians coming in to support candidates. There's also already some drama, with one contender dropping out and another’s residency being questioned.  We’re looking at how the U.S. Congress, Senate, and N.H. Governor races are shaping up so far.

GUESTS:

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Politics
4:27 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Pro-Rubens PAC Launches Anti-Brown Website

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The realscottbrownrecord.com highlights what the NH PAC to Save America calls Brown’s deceptive tactic of criticizing Democrat Jeanne Shaheen for doing what he also did– support policies favored by President Obama.

Brown has made Jeanne Shaheen’s fealty to the president a key part of his campaign, but PAC adviser Mike Dennehy says Brown needs to be held to account for the fact that Congressional Quarterly found he voted with the President 78 percent of the time in 2012.

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NH News
1:29 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Shaheen Leads Fundraising Pack In Race For U.S. Senate

As expected, Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and Republican candidate Scott Brown have shown they will have very little trouble raising money in their race for the U.S. Senate.

Shaheen's campaign announced Monday she raised more than $2.8 million for her re-election campaign between April 1 and June 30 of this year, more than double the amount she collected from supporters in the previous two quarters combined.

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NH News
10:43 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Amherst, Merrimack 4th Of July Parades Hub For U.S. Senate Candidates

Merrimack's 4th of July parade.
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If you want to catch a glimpse of New Hampshire's U.S. Senate candidates on Independence Day, head to Amherst and Merrimack.

Both parades will feature all four major candidates running this year, including incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

She'll be joined by the three Republican challengers: former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown, former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith, and former state Senator Jim Rubens.

The Amherst parade kicks off at 10 at Wilkins Elementary School.

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NH News
10:52 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Shaheen Releases Eight Years Of Federal Tax Returns

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her husband, William, earned an average of more than $472,000 a year in pre-tax income between 2006 and 2013, according to federal tax returns released by Shaheen’s campaign Tuesday.

The couple's joint returns were made available four days after Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, released eight years of joint state and federal returns. Shaheen had pledged to release her returns if her opponents did the same.

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NH News
2:55 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Shaheen Releases Tax Returns In U.S. Senate Race

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has released eight years of tax returns showing she and her husband earned an average of more than $474,000 per year.

The joint returns released Tuesday show Jeanne and William Shaheen paid an average effective tax rate of 23.2 percent from 2006 through 2013. William Shaheen founded the Shaheen & Gordon law firm.

The most the couple earned was $676,642 in 2012; the least was $186,787 in 2010.

They donated between 1.9 and 7 percent of their income to charity.

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NH News
10:46 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Mitt Romney To Endorse Scott Brown In U.S. Senate Race

Mitt Romney
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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is set to endorse U.S. Senate Candidate Scott Brown at an event in Stratham next month.

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Politics
5:04 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Brown Releases Tax Returns, Then Demands Shaheen Do The Same

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Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown released a trove of personal financial information Friday, including eight years of state and federal tax returns and a financial disclosure statement that showed before-tax income of more than $900,000 since the former Massachusetts senator left office in January 2013.

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NH News
3:56 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Brown Absent For Senate Debate Wednesday, Will Take Part In Forum Friday

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The Republican front runner in the race for U.S. Senate – former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown – will not take part in a debate in Merrimack tonight with his primary challengers.

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