Eagle-Tribune: Brown Campaigns Hard - Against Shahaeen

 By Corinne Holroyd, Eagle-Tribune
August 7, 2014


Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown said he's on target to meet between 250 and 300 New Hampshire residents every day on the campaign trail.

One way he's doing that is through his "New Hampshire Speaks" town hall meetings, the first of which was in Salem Tuesday.

But the Rye resident also is going to senior centers, veterans homes, county fairs, diners and living rooms all across the state. He's getting to most of them in his familiar, extended-cab truck, the one with extended miles that was featured in campaign ads when he was running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

Brown, 54, said he's making connections in the state and he will maintain those connections if he's elected.

He faces a primary next month, with former U.S. Sen Bob Smith and former state Sen. Jim Rubens likely his biggest competition.

While Brown said he's taking the primary seriously, he's clearly running against Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

He criticized Shaheen for what he called her inaccessibility to her constituents.

He went after Shaheen on the Affordable Care Act, too, and said it must be repealed.

He said that's just one example of Shaheen "rubber-stamping" President Obama's agenda.

"She's voted with the president 99.4 percent of the time," he said.

"It's not about personalities, it's about politics," he said. "She's changed since she's gone to Washington. She's turned into a Washingtonian."

Brown ticked off the five top issues he's focusing on: ACA, energy policy, veterans, immigration, and the debt and deficit. For every point he outlined the differences between him and Shaheen.

He said she has been a part of the country's "lax policies" on immigration.

"The border's not secure. You know it and I know it," Brown said. "I believe it's the lax policies of this administration."

Brown has long been opposed to allowing undocumented residents to get driver's licenses or to take advantage of in-state tuition.

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