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
1:17 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Jim Rubens Files His Papers For U.S. Senate

Jim Rubens stopped by the secretary of states office Thursday to file his candidacy for US Senate. The Hanover Republican used the opportunity to make the case that he’ll be the number one competitor to former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown in the primary.

Former state senator Jim Rubens is perhaps the most difficult Republican to pin down ideologically in the race for the Senate seat currently held by Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Rubens, has trailed Scott Brown in early polls,

He’s been campaigning furiously on issues related to gun rights and veterans affairs.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Scott Brown Files Candidacy And Resigns From Florida Company

Credit Josh Rogers

As he filed for office, Scott Brown said he was focused on the issues that matter.

“And what matters right now is making sure that people are getting  a good value for their dollars and they are not paying an exorbitant amount of many for their health care, and their medical care, obviously, and their energy prices.”

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NH News
4:24 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Brown Defends Advisory Role With Obscure Florida Firm

Credit Josh Rogers

  NHPR's Brady Carlson talks with Boston Globe reporter Todd Wallack.

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Brown has been back on the campaign trail this week, but it's the former Massachusetts Senator's work outside of politics that's now getting a lot of attention.

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NH News
10:09 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Sen. Ayotte Backs Scott Brown, Despite Differences On Gun Rights

Credit Michael Brindley for NHPR

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte threw her support behind fellow Republican Scott Brown, who is running for the state’s other Senate seat.

Brown also picked up endorsements from former Republican governors Steve Merrill and Craig Benson.

Standing before a large crowd of Brown’s supporters in Nashua, Ayotte described the former Massachusetts Senator as a proven leader who will get things done for New Hampshire.

“And I am very proud to stand here today and endorse Scott Brown. Working together, I can assure you we’ll put New Hampshire first,” she said.

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Ad Audit
9:32 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Ad Audit: Air War Heats Up In Campaign for N.H. Senate

Credit Sara Plourde

It was only a matter of time before Scott Brown’s involvement in a failed energy bill backed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen would get the political-ad treatment.

Sure enough, on Thursday, the Senate Majority PAC launched a television spot that cites “news accounts” that Brown lobbied Senate Republicans to block the bill in order to deny Shaheen a legislative victory.

The 30-second ad is scheduled to run until at least June 4 on WMUR, at a cost of $224,000, as well as on some cable stations.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Launches 'Women For Brown' Leadership Team

Scott Brown shares a laugh with his wife Gail Huff during a campaign event in Manchester.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

At his latest campaign stop, U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Brown aimed to win over female voters.

The former Massachusetts Senator rolled out his ‘Women for Brown’ leadership team at an event inside his Manchester headquarters. Maureen Mooney, a former New Hampshire State Representative, is one of three co-chairs. She argues Brown is listening to his constituents, and will be an independent voice in Washington.

“Now on the other hand, our current senator, Shaheen, how can she possibly win? She voted for Obamacare,” says Mooney.

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Ad Audit
7:39 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Ad Audit: Attack Ad Draws Charges Of Improper Coordination By Shaheen Campaign

Update: The New Hampshire Republican State Committee has submitted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission, alleging the Shaheen campaign "engaged in coordinated political advocacy communications that amount to illegal contributions." 

Republicans are claiming the campaign of New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen broke federal election law by helping to craft a television ad paid for by a Democratic super PAC.

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Ad Audit
5:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Ad Audit: New Ad Attacking Shaheen Uses Disputed Statistic

The latest television ad attacking Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., for her support of the Affordable Care Act features a statistic on premium increases in New Hampshire that's been widely disputed.

The 30-second spot, paid for by Americans for Prosperity, focuses primarily on the so-called narrow network of providers in New Hampshire, which excludes 10 of the state’s 26 hospitals.

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NH News
3:37 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Brown Takes Aim At Health Law As Dems Fire Back

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On the first stop of what Scott Brown's campaign is calling his "Obamacare isn't Working Tour," the candidate worked hard to hit his message.

When the President of  Next Step Bionics and Prothestics told Scott Brown insurance premiums for his company are expected to increase by 30 percent, Brown was quick with a diagnosis.

"A major part of it because of Obamacare...And that’s something that Senator Shaheen was a deciding vote on and we’ve got to try to fix it."

But Brown’s supplied few specifics on how he’d do that, save for arguing it should be handled by states.

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NH News
12:53 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Scott Brown Kicks Off U.S. Senate Run In Portsmouth

Credit Josh Rogers / NHPR

Technically, Scott Brown’s been a candidate in this race since last month, when he filed with the FEC. But last night in a Portsmouth hotel ballroom the Republican who now lives in Rye, erased any remaining doubt.

“I am running to be a true independent voice for the people of NH and I will need you strength you help and you voters to succeed.”

Brown’s remarks stressed his connection new home state, where he’s summered as an adult and spent the earliest days of his childhood.

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NH News
10:55 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Brown Tells Supporters He'll Make It Official Thursday

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After months of flirting, former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown plans to announce he’s running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire Thursday in Portsmouth.

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NH News
10:42 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Scott Brown Nears Entry Into U.S. Senate Race

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Scott Brown's official announcement could come as early as next week, according to a report from WMUR.

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On the Political Front
10:12 am
Mon March 24, 2014

On The Political Front For March 24

    

On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about a proposal to increase New Hampshire's gas tax, Scott Brown ramping up his Senate campaign, and Vice President Joe Biden visiting Nashua on Tuesday.

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NH News
4:59 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Obama Says Shaheen Should Stay And Brown Should Run From Texas

When he served in the U.S. Senate,  Scott Brown often voted with President Obama.

In 2011, Congressional Quarterly found Brown voted in support of the president’s agenda 70 percent of the time  -- second only to Susan Collins of Maine among Republicans.  But when asked on New England Cable News about Brown’s possible run here, the President made clear he prefers the incumbent.

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The Sidebar
12:33 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

The Sidebar: Scott Brown and Outside Money: Won't Or Can't?

Credit Sara Plourde

As Scott Brown crisscrosses New Hampshire on what his senate exploratory committee is calling a listening tour, he’s repeatedly said it’s “premature” to talk about how he’ll wage any future campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

On one point, though, Brown has already been crystal clear: He doesn’t want this race to be bound by a so-called people’s pledge, an idea Brown himself devised in 2012 to limit spending by outside groups during his race against Elizabeth Warren.

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NH News
11:52 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Shaheen Pushes Brown To Sign 'People's Pledge' In Senate Race

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen speaks with high school students at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Tuesday morning.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen continues to challenge potential Republican candidate Scott Brown to sign the same pledge he did during his campaign for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.  

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NH News
7:56 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Scott Brown Makes The Rounds Through Vote-Rich Southern N.H.

Credit Josh Rogers

While technically, he’s still exploring a run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, Scott Brown acted very much the candidate at a St. Patrick’s Day lunch in Salem.  He worked the room, posed for pictures, and said voters across the country and here in his new home state of New Hampshire, want to toss Democrats from office for supporting  so-called Obamacare.

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NH News
2:07 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Speculation Grows That Scott Brown Set To Enter N.H. Senate Race

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There’s growing speculation that former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown is set to enter the race for U.S. Senate here in New Hampshire.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

An Early-Bird Look At N.H.'s Midterm Races

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In mid-March, with the sap has hardly running, November seems a lifetime away. But in the political world, eight months goes by quickly, especially for those preparing for mid-term elections. Although the filing period isn’t until June, there’s already a solid list of Republicans hoping to face the three Democratic incumbents. In the 1st Congressional District, former Congressman Frank Guinta and former UNH business school Dean Dan Innis look to go against Carol Shea Porter. In Congressional District 2, state Rep.

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NH News
4:09 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

N.H. Dems Want Scott Brown To Disclose Clients

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Part-time Rye resident and Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has yet to decide if he’ll run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeanne Shaheen, but the N.H. Democratic party isn’t waiting to go on the attack.

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NH News
10:49 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Scott Brown To Ring In The Holidays With The N.H. GOP

Credit New Hampshire Republican State Committee

Former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown will join the New Hampshire Republican State Committee for its holiday party in Nashua later this month.

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NH News
8:00 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Scott Brown Speaks At Charity Gala

Former senator Scott Brown speaking at a gala in Nashua
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown spoke at a charity event in Nashua.

Brown appeared as the keynote speaker at a gala held by the Child Advocacy Center of Hillsborough County.

The organization provides support for sexually abused children in New Hampshire.

Kristie Palestino is the Executive Director of the Granite State Children's Alliance and says the ball is a critical source of income for the group:

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