John McCain Set to Campaign With Scott Brown in New Hampshire

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 02:18 PM

By Andrea Billups

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Veteran lawmaker John McCain, beloved by New Hampshire voters after presidential primary wins there in 2000 and 2008, is stepping up to campaign in the Granite State with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown.

McCain, who is set to publicly endorse Brown, will join the campaign and talk about foreign policy at a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, on Monday, his congressional heft adding gravitas to Brown, who is expected to easily win his primary against two opponents but who will face a tight battle against Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen on Nov. 4, the Boston Globe reports.

McCain, who has served in Congress for 31 years, is an outspoken critic of Obama's military policy, including most recently, his tepid response in Iraq. His support of Brown follows in the footsteps of another presidential contender, Mitt Romney, who has also stepped in to campaign with Brown. The former Massachusetts governor endorsed Brown last month.

McCain and Brown have bonded over their joint military service. Brown, who has served in the National Guard since 1979, was confirmed at the rank of colonel while serving as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, Politico reported.

His time in Congress was brief, however, as he lost his race to serve out his first full term to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012.

Still seeking to serve, Brown achieved residency in neighboring New Hampshire and has mounted a GOP Senate bid there. Most recently, he has gone after Democrat Shaheen on immigration reform, releasing a new television ad this week hitting on her support for amnesty and for refusing to back a border fence, The Daily Caller reported.

In spite of his forceful ads, Brown, who has made several campaign missteps, has consistently trailed Shaheen in the polls. The most recent Real Clear Politics average shows him trailing her by 10 points in a race the website says is leaning Democratic.

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