First on CNN: Romney to endorse Scott Brown
June 24th, 2014
07:03 AM ET
7 years ago

First on CNN: Romney to endorse Scott Brown

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's making another endorsement, and this time it's in a crucial Senate race in his own backyard.

CNN has learned that next week the 2012 GOP presidential nominee will endorse Scott Brown, the frontrunner among the Republican candidates hoping to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire this November.

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"It gives me a great deal of pride to announce that Governor Mitt Romney will be in New Hampshire on Wednesday, July 2nd to formally endorse my campaign for U.S. Senate. Together, we will rally with Republicans and those who want to make a difference in this election," Brown says in an email that his campaign will send to supporters Tuesday morning.

Romney's very well known in New Hampshire. He owns a vacation home there, has often appeared at GOP events in across the state, and was governor of neighboring Massachusetts. Romney easily won the Granite State's 2012 Republican presidential primary, but lost New Hampshire by six percentage points to President Barack Obama in the general election.

Since his defeat in the 2012 presidential election, Romney has taken on the role of Republican Party elder statesman, in hopes of helping shape the future of the party. And while he has made endorsements in a number of GOP primary battles this cycle, he's only appeared on the campaign with candidates a couple of times. Most recently, he traveled to Iowa to campaign with state Sen. Joni Ernst, who earlier this month went on to win the Hawkeye State's Republican Senate nomination.

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In his email, which was obtained by CNN, Brown goes on to say that "I know a lot of you feel the same way I do: Our country would be in much better shape if Governor Romney were in the White House today. Governor Romney was right about so many things, whether the subject is the still-sputtering economy, an aggressive Russia moving to expand its sphere of influence, or the vacuum left in Iraq by the failure to leave behind a residual force to secure our hard-fought gains."

And Brown takes a shot at Shaheen, adding that "President Obama's allies in the Senate, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen, have supported his disastrous policies to the detriment of the American people."

According to the Brown email, the event will take place at Doug and Stella Scamman's Bittersweet Farm in Stratham, near the New Hampshire seacoast. That's the same spot where in June 2011 Romney formally announced his 2012 bid for the White House.

Brown, a former senator from neighboring Massachusetts sold his home in the Bay State late last year and moved his residency north to New Hampshire, where he owed a vacation home and where he spent much of his childhood. In April he formally launched his Senate bid in New Hampshire.

Brown joins two other Republicans who are running for their party's Senate nomination in New Hampshire: former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and former state Sen. Jim Rubens. Conservative activist Karen Testerman dropped out of the race earlier this month and endorsed Smith. The winner of the September 9 primary will face off against Shaheen, who also served for six years as the state's governor.

Two polls released last week indicated Brown trailing Shaheen by 10 and 12 percentage points. One of the two surveys also suggested that Brown was the clear frontrunner for the GOP nomination.

Shaheen's campaign went up with a new television commercial Tuesday that tells the story of how the senator helped a New Hampshire homeowner keep her house. In the ad, registered Republican Ursula Gordon explains that Shaheen personally helped after her after husband got sick and she faced losing her home.

Shaheen's campaign says the spot – there's 60 second and 30 second versions – will run on broadcast and cable TV statewide.

From Massachusetts to New Hampshire

Brown, then a little-known state senator, in Massachusetts, scored an upset victory in a special election in January 2010 to serve the final three years of the term of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who had died the previous summer. Brown lost his bid 2012 re-election bid for a full six-year term to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

During the 2012 campaign, as Brown tried to fend off the challenge from Warren in blue state Massachusetts, appeared to distance himself a bit from Romney, who Brown considered a political mentor during their days together in Bay State politics.

Last year, Brown passed on running in a special election in Massachusetts to fill the term of John Kerry, who left the Senate to become secretary of state. And at the time, Brown also announced that he wouldn't make a 2014 bid for an open governor's seat in the Bay State.

Brown made a number of speaking appearances at GOP events in New Hampshire last year. Last fall, in another hint about a possible run, he dropped the 'MA' from his Twitter handle. Since late year, when he began considering a Senate bid in New Hampshire, Brown began been highlighting his ties to the Granite State, to push back against Democrats' characterizations of him as a "carpetbagger" from Massachusetts.

If Brown ends up winning the GOP's September primary and runs a competitive race against Shaheen, it would expand the map for Republicans. Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states, like New Hampshire.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Mitt Romney / Scott Brown , this is where Wall street and the rubber hit the road .

    These boys know how to make a dollar from a dime .

    June 24, 2014 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  2. MicheleBelle

    The ONLY thing Willard the Rat can help Mr. Brown with, is his concession speech.


    June 24, 2014 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  3. teapooper

    Carpetbagging at it's best.

    June 24, 2014 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  4. Just Askin'

    Someone should ask Romney if he filed an amended tax form after his loss to get back that multi-million-dollar "donation" he gave to The Gummamint to appear to have paid some taxes.

    June 24, 2014 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Mr. Brown must have not seen the polls recently. He's losing miserably. Tax evading Willard's endorsement doesn't mean squat.

    June 24, 2014 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Mittens says, "No!" But he really means, "Yes!" What better candidate than the republican "liar of the year of ""2012? 4 Pinnochos for Jeep moving out of Ohio did not include his and Lyin Ryan's campaign of fear, deception and divisiveness.

    June 24, 2014 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  7. 1776usa2016

    Doesn't matter.

    Nobody is going to vote for carpet-bagger Brown.

    Especially since he did absolutely nothing when he was in the Senate.

    And running Romney-luck on him isn't going to help.


    June 24, 2014 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  8. bob smith

    So Brown pulled a hillary and changed states so he would stand a chance at getting elected? States really need to start having a ten year residency requirements before running for federal government for the state. Politcal Carpet Baggers galore.

    June 24, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  9. Carolle

    Goody. The death knell for Scott Brown.

    June 24, 2014 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  10. Ski Zolta

    In related news, Scott Brown to loose election.

    June 24, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  11. jim

    Romney also endorses Swiss bank accounts!

    June 24, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  12. P.Y. Lemon-jello

    OK, that takes Scott out of the race!

    June 24, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  13. rs1201

    sour grapes from democrats....

    June 24, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  14. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So, the Carpetbagger from Utah who moved to Massachusetts and has a Summer home in New Hampshire is going to endorse the Carpetbagger from Massachusetts who could not get reelected in his home state so he moved to New Hampshire. Yep. That'll sit well with the Granite Staters!

    June 24, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    So, the Mormon aristocrat is going to help Scott Brown? Just what you need, a man accused of being a habitual liar by people in his own party endorsing a man who has to move to a neighboring state to get another government paycheck. Yes, I'm sure the Romney apologists will be out in force saying how we missed a great opportunity to save this country by not electing Mr. Binders-full-of-women to sell this country off one piece at a time. Can't wait to see their tortured logic on how Romney would have stopped ISIS dead in their tracks: he would be too busy handing out pink slips to people with a grin on his face to even comment.

    June 24, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  16. mike in NH

    I always enjoy outsiders comments on things they don't don't have a clue about. Romney is still very popular in NH and in early polling the top choice to 2016. There's a lot of buyers remorse up here.

    That being said Romney a summer resident of NH has a lot of pull with NH GOP members and his endorsement of Brown will be a further boost for Brown who is now in a comfortable lead in the GOP primary race for Senate and only 10 points down from the once popular former Governor and current Senator Shaheen.

    June 24, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  17. Tracey

    What makes him think we are going to elect him when Mass wouldn't? Carpet bagger.

    June 24, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  18. Mike

    The kiss of death for Scott Brown.

    June 24, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  19. Big_D

    I wonder how many GOP fake steal your money sites he has under his opponents name setup. It is too bad the FEC doesn't know how to work a computer or identify using the other candidates name to make money is fraud.

    June 24, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  20. RobGinChicago

    Romney ad for Scott Brown: Vote for Scott Brown, the candidate favored by losers everywhere. He's one of us!

    June 24, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  21. Christine

    Our loss is NH's gain. Good luck to Scott Brown. Unfortunately Mass is stuck with two senators who say nothing because they don't dare speak against their party and their party is in control.

    June 24, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    Who cares? Mitt's the kiss of death anyway. Underwear model endorsed by job outsourcer, film at 11. How's Mitt's presidential campaign against Hillary coming along? Yeah, I heard he backed out too.

    June 24, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  23. kurtinco

    I didn't care what Romney said when he was a rich man toying with politics. Why on earth would I give a rats behind what the man has to say now?

    June 24, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  24. terry b

    Scott Brown would be a terrible senator just like many of his Republican candidates across the country. He is one of those who loves to destroy people's rights. Like all of the crazies that haunt the GOP he would love to strip women of their right to choose as well as the right to vote. The country cannot afford a senate takeover by a party is commonly referred to as "The Crazies". The GOP will never move to the center until the democrats can continually defeat the constantly horrible candidates that plague them. If people want to move the country forward they have no choice but to vote for democrats. A swing to the left or the right is bad for the country. Since the democrats have moved to the center they should dominate congress as well as the presidency. Only that can possibly help the GOP to move to the center where there we would a start to win more elections. We would all like to see the GOP become a true Grand Old Party that it once was by becoming fiscal conservatives and social moderates. Right now they scare the hell out of me.

    June 24, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  25. Lizzie

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House. Tax evading Willard's endorsement doesn't mean squat.
    -– still spouting the same LIES

    June 24, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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