Return visit to Iowa stirs more Brown 2016 speculation
February 26th, 2014
02:06 PM ET
9 months ago

Return visit to Iowa stirs more Brown 2016 speculation

(CNN) – Scott Brown is headed back to Iowa.

The Ringgold County GOP confirms to CNN that the former senator from Massachusetts will speak at their April 3rd dinner in Mount Ayr, in the south-central part of the state.

This will be Brown's third tip to Iowa since last summer. He made a swing through the Iowa State Fair last August and returned in November to address a Scott County GOP fundraiser.

Since Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, word of Brown's latest visit to the Hawkeye State will spark more speculation that he's considering a bid for the 2016 Republican nomination. Brown told reporters following at the State Fair last August that he was interested in meeting voters in the state.

Scott Brown looks to stay in spotlight as he plots next move

But Brown also recently moved from Massachusetts to neighboring New Hampshire and is seriously weighing a GOP challenge this year against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who's up for re-election in November.

A GOP strategist in contact with Brown, who asked to remain anonymous to speak freely, told CNN recently that Brown's looking to make a decision about a Senate bid in the next few weeks.


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    You can make a lot of money running for president , ask Rick Perry .

    February 26, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    You don't go to Iowa seeking to win an election in New Hampshire. If Centerfold Scottie/Wall St.'s favorite senator thinks he can become POTUS, he's sadly mistaken.

    February 26, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    When you need a few million dollars, the best way to get it is to declare you are running for some republican office.

    February 26, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Brown can't win in MA, and NH is not too interested. So lucky Iowa is it?

    February 26, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Wait a sec. I thought that he was supposed to be thinking of making a bid for a Senate seat in neighboring New Hampshire.

    February 26, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    This dude is just like Mitt the twit. No way Jose!!!!

    February 26, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Let me know when he decides why he is "running".

    February 26, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. bill

    Gee such profound words of wisdom from the romper room crowd.

    February 26, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Brown looks as good as anyone, to me, at this point in time, among those who may or may not run.

    February 26, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Bumpkin wingnuts in Iowa voted for Batty Michelle Bachmann.

    February 26, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. bill

    climate change nuts-goggle Patrick Moore the co-founder of Greenpiece. Part of what "the" expert on climate change said "no evidence that man is contributing to climate change" also "he left the group because it became more interested in politics then the environment". AL JUST GORED KERRY.

    February 26, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Tommy G

    This might come as a news flash to many, including CNN, but people do visit Iowa and give speeches just to give speeches, not run for President. Talk about trying to make up news!

    February 26, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama: "Memories of Herman "Where're the White women at?" Cain still crack me up, and Rick Perry and his 3 "points of light" on stage blackout is enough to make my eyes water!"

    NO! Not when I'm drinking my coffee near my keyboard ... !

    Hey. I also wanted to say "thanks for having my back".

    February 26, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    I don't understand you on the left... you say all of the GOP is too extreme, and yet here you have a person who's pro-choice, pro-gay, about as moderate of a Republican as you can get (even moreso than Huntsman who all of you seemed to like). What gives? You make no sense at all.

    February 26, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    After being out of work for a couple of years, this GOP CLOWN needs to return to the public money trough!!!! Can't make it on his own.

    February 26, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. salty dog

    Oh how naive Tommy, he's testing waters everywhere. Let us know when you've decided what and where your running, tell us how much experience, and his qualifications again.

    February 26, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Ol' Yeller

    "This might come as a news flash to many, including CNN, but people do visit Iowa and give speeches just to give speeches, not run for President."

    Okay... name one.

    Oh and bill... I tried to nuts-goggle Patrick Moore from Greenpiece and it took me to man-boy-love site.
    Just what have you been doing in between posts?

    February 26, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Brown looks as good as anyone, to me, at this point in time, among those who may or may not run.
    ---------------------------–
    Brown is definitely a "not", as in "not happening", for POTUS, if you ask me. I think he'd be another Rudy Guiliani, lacking any support outside of the Northeast. Sorry, I just do not see Christian conservatives voting for a man who's posed nude, Nahp. But, stranger things have happened in the Republican primaries before. Heck, the conservative collective picked Romney, even after he had insufficiently assimmillated himself into the weirding way.

    February 26, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Wake up People!

    So a person can just go state to state and run for office? Hell sign me up! Great benefits and part time work. Sounds good to me.

    February 26, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Tommy G

    salty dog
    Oh how naive Tommy, he's testing waters everywhere. Let us know when you've decided what and where your running, tell us how much experience, and his qualifications again.
    -–

    Obama and Hillary Clinton supporters asking others about their experience and qualifications?!! Does it get any funny than this?!! You lefties are all just afraid that Scott Brown running for President will lose you a lot of the woman vote.

    February 26, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. salty dog

    Fair, its his close relationship with wall street, we have enough politicians protecting the rich from " unfair taxes", you know the ones that created the record inequality we have today, not that dems get a free pass . I'm waiting to hear about his qualifications

    February 26, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    I don't understand you on the left... you say all of the GOP is too extreme, and yet here you have a person who's pro-choice, pro-gay, about as moderate of a Republican as you can get (even moreso than Huntsman who all of you seemed to like). What gives? You make no sense at all.
    -------------------------
    Don't draw any conclusions from the enthusiasm of the gang. You've overlooked one significant difference between Brown and Huntsman. Brown made a lot of personal attacks against Warren, and rarely campaigned on real issues. Warren already was a target of Republican character assasination in DC, after Obama tried to appoint her to head up the new consumer protections agency. I have no recollection of Huntsman ever descending into personal attacks. He stuck to the issues.

    February 26, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Fair is Fair
    I don't understand you on the left... you say all of the GOP is too extreme, and yet here you have a person who's pro-choice, pro-gay, about as moderate of a Republican as you can get (even moreso than Huntsman who all of you seemed to like). What gives? You make no sense at all.
    -–

    What's to understand? They are haters. If they aren't a far left whackjob, they hate them.

    February 26, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Fair: "bout as moderate of a Republican as you can get (even more so than Huntsman who all of you seemed to like). What gives? You make no sense at all."

    I don't know him all that well, Fair. But fair enough to your comment. I will say I respect his tenacity in keeping the media hyped up over his constant comings and goings. But the fact remains: what is he running for ... Senator of New Hampshire or President of the United States. Until he's solved that mystery, he is opening himself up for speculation and the comments which follow. Mine included.

    If he is running for Senator, the obvious conclusion would be that the Democrats would rather keep Shaheen, no matter how moderate Brown considers himself to be.

    February 26, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    Is not that there's so many of them but that they are all a bunch of losers!
    Does he have his daughters with him?

    February 26, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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