Romney backs fellow Republican Brown's Senate run in New Hampshire

STRATHAM N.H. Wed Jul 2, 2014 5:45pm EDT

Former U.S. senator Scott Brown speaks at the SALT conference in Las Vegas May 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Former U.S. senator Scott Brown speaks at the SALT conference in Las Vegas May 16, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Rick Wilking

STRATHAM N.H. (Reuters) - Mitt Romney returned on Wednesday to the New Hampshire farm where he kicked off his 2012 presidential run to endorse Scott Brown, a fellow Republican from Massachusetts who is seeking support from the state's voters in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

Romney praised Brown, who moved back to the state where he grew up after losing his U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts to Elizabeth Warren, as an independent voice who could serve as a counter to Democratic President Barack Obama.

Republicans are trying to retake a majority in the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate and Brown's campaign against incumbent Jeanne Shaheen is part of that effort.

Brown has focused his campaign on opposition to Obama's signature healthcare reform law, which polls show remains unpopular in New Hampshire.

"Do you want more mandates, or do you want an independent voice?" Romney asked the crowd. "Then make Scott Brown your next senator."

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, won the Republican primary in New Hampshire in 2012, but lost to Obama in the general election.

According to a poll released last month, Shaheen holds a 10-point lead over Brown, 49 percent to 39 percent.

Brown faces two Republican challengers in the September primary, Bob Smith, a former U.S. senator, and Jim Rubens, an entrepreneur and former state senator.

Both Brown's Republican opponents and Shaheen supporters have painted him as a Massachusetts "carpetbagger" whose move north was motivated by political opportunism. Brown grew up in New Hampshire and moved to neighboring Massachusetts as an adult.

People attending Wednesday's event, however, said they did not see Brown's move in such a negative light.

Ruth Griffin, 89, said she thought the suggestion that Brown was a carpetbagger amounted to a witch hunt.

She said she hadn't settled on which Republican she would vote for in the September primary, but she said Romney's endorsement counted for a lot.

"We wouldn't be where we are today if Mitt Romney was our president," she said.

(Editing by Scott Malone and Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (13)
Jim1648 wrote:
It is interesting what would have happened if Mitt were president. The military is sized to fight only two wars, so how they would handle Russia, China and Iraq at the same time would be something to see.

Jul 02, 2014 6:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
purcelc wrote:
Re: the statement from that poor deluded old lady, “We wouldn’t be where we are today if Mitt Romney was our president”.
And she’s absolutely right, beyond a shadow of a doubt. We’d be at war in Syria and Iraq
we’d be heading down the poverty slope as his 1% gets all the wealth, and we’d have religion
stuffed down our throats at every turn. So, that doddering old lady has no idea just how
right she is in her assessment.

Jul 02, 2014 6:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pilgrimson wrote:
Mitt Romney: is he still relevant? Was he ever relevant? As for the 1%: so is Warren Buffett a Republican? Then is Obama, who hangs on his every word, just being delightfully bipartisan? The delay in the Keystone pipeline decision: is that just a stall to allow BNSF Ry (Buffett) to cash in on the lucrative rail haul of oil in tank cars for a little while longer?

Jul 02, 2014 6:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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