Brown Kicks Off U.S. Senate Bid

Brown: "In New Hampshire, guess what, we like our freedom."

Scott Brown, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in NH. (Dan Tuohy photo)
Scott Brown, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in NH. (Dan Tuohy photo)
Scott Brown is officially a candidate for U.S. Senate in the Live Free Or Die state.

Brown, the former Massachusetts senator now living in Rye, kicked off his campaign in Portsmouth, across the river from where he was born at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.

Brown emphasized his family's roots in his announcement speech before calling U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) a "rubber stamp" for President Obama and the deciding vote for the Affordable Care Act.

"Live Free or Log On," said Brown, with spin on the state's motto. "In New Hampshire, guess what, we like our freedom."

Brown referenced the rocky roll-out of Obamacare, the narrow provider network in New Hampshire (just Anthem), and those hospitals not included in that network. And he said, Obamacare has yet to take full effect, particularly for businesses.

"There's another wave coming and it's going to be a big wave folks," Brown said. "Let me be the one to stop it for you."

Brown, who was introduced by former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, accused Shaheen of being the shepherd for Obama's agenda, notably his landmark legislation, the Affordable Care Act. Sununu said Brown has the right stuff to become the 51st Republican in the U.S. Senate, which would shift majority control to the GOP.

As Brown toured New Hampshire ahead of his announcement, he revisited a line that he is an independent voice for taxpayers. It's a familiar narrative in New Hampshire, where the largest bloc of registered voters is neither Republicans nor Democrats, but undeclared voters.

"I am nobody's yes man," he said, promising to answer only to the people of New Hampshire, if elected.

The state primary is Sept. 9 and the GOP field now consists of Brown, Jim Rubens, Bob Smith, and Karen Testerman.

Shaheen Campaign Manager Mike Vlacich released a statement after Brown officially jumped into the race.
"If Scott Brown gets through the Republican primary, this election will be a choice between someone who cares only about himself and the big corporate interests that fund his campaign and someone who works every day to make a difference for New Hampshire families," Vlacich said. "New Hampshire voters know Jeanne Shaheen shares their values."

Louise Martinez April 12, 2014 at 08:48 AM
Whats this guy going to do...move to a different state everytime he cannot win in the current one? Hope he never makes it to my state !
Stephen D. Clark April 12, 2014 at 09:56 AM
"Eagle 1," you flatter yourself if you really think that anyone else other than your mother would consider you worth stalking. Besides, you shouldn't live in fear of loonies. It's not worth it. It's far more rewarding to feel the sense of integrity that comes from standing up for yourself. ________________________________________________________ It's easy enough to control your public contact information online. Go to "Safe Shepherd" and register without paying. As an introductory service, they tell you where your contact info is exposed, and you can log-in to those sights and remove it yourself. ________________________________________________________ My name is attached to everything I say to show that I take responsibility for it. I live in Stratham. I just don't say exactly where. I'm not going to make it easy, but I'm still not hiding. ________________________________________________________ So, back to the point, when you say that Massachusetts is the most liberal state in the union, how does that disprove that Mass voters are not too liberal to elect Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate when they elected him once before? He had a career in state politics before that. Your little theory is nothing more than a pathetic excuse for the fact that Scott Brown underperformed in D.C. so Mass voters lost interest in him.
Mike April 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Vote Republican. The last hope for a free America.
Stephen D. Clark April 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Are we talking about the same Republican Party that forced out its New Hampshire state party chairman, Jack Kimball, for signing a petition in 2011 to allow libertarians a right to form their own party and then compete in New Hampshire elections?
Super Fun Size April 12, 2014 at 05:33 PM
"The last hope for a free America" Conservatives want everything for free.


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