Scott Brown Considering NH Senate Run With Obamacare as Focus

Thursday, 06 Mar 2014 05:24 PM

By Greg Richter

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Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown admits it's "no secret" he's considering a Senate run in his new state of New Hampshire.

"It's an issue I ran on before, it's something that I tried to stop. I voted to repeal it," Brown said Thursday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto." Brown is currently a Fox News contributor.

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Brown, a Republican, in 2010 won a special election to fill the seat vacated by the death of longtime Democratic stalwart Ted Kennedy. Brown lost the seat two years later to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Brown and his wife sold their Massachusetts home in December and moved to New Hampshire, though Brown continues to insist the move was strictly because he has family in New Hampshire.

Brown has until June to decide if he'll run, but he wouldn't give a timeline to Cavuto. Brown just last month renewed his contract with Fox News to provide analysis, a job he'd presumably have to give up if he decides to seek office.

Though critics have called him a "carpetbagger" for moving into the state less than a year before the election, Brown has been neck and neck with Shaheen in the polls, though a new poll shows Shaheen with a 13-point lead.

Shaheen is among a group of 13 lawmakers the White House identified as providing "close consultation" prior to its announcement Wednesday of another two-year delay to a provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring individual plans to be upgraded.

All 13 lawmakers are Democrats in vulnerable races. In addition to Shaheen, they are Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Mark Udall of Colorado, and Reps. Tim Bishop of New York, Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut, Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster of New Hampshire, Scott Peters of California, Kyrsten Sinema, Ann Kirkpatrick and Ron Barber of Arizona, and Gary Peters of Michigan.

"You have people like Jean Shaheen and others who are now hiding behind these frivolous actions to try to make people think that they're out there fighting to protect it," Brown told Fox News. "They're the ones that rammed it through, and they're the ones that voted against all the protection amendments that allowed people to have their care and coverages that they earned and deserved."

But people affected by the changes still know that it's looming, and they still can't plan, Brown said. The delay provides on a temporary break and serves only to help Democrats in a tough election year.

"It's classic CYA [cover your....] at its very, very best," Brown said.

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