Scott Brown's back -- but in New Hampshire, not Massachusetts


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Scott Brown is thinking of returning to the U.S. Senate--but not from Massachusetts, the state he reprsented for three years, but New Hampshire.

The Republican said Friday he forming an exploratory committee for this fall's U.S. Senate race, He plans a statewide “Main Streets & Living Rooms” tour to talk about his views.

"At the top of the list of issues are the cancelled policies and limited options created by the new Obamacare law.," a Brown statement said.

Brown became a hero to conservatives four years ago when he won a special election to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. But in 2012, he was soundly defeated by Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Brown would face New Hampshire Democratic Senate incumbent Jeanne Shaheen, who would be the favorite.

Here's some of his statement Friday:

“As I’ve traveled across New Hampshire during the last year, many people have come up to me and expressed concern about the direction of our country,” he said.

“They believe the economy’s growing too slowly, they’re angry about Obamacare and they believe Washington isn’t working for anyone except the special interests and the insiders.

"Most importantly, they are worried that if we don’t make a change for the better, we risk leaving our kids a country with fewer opportunities than the ones we had growing up. I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the encouragement, which was expressed to me again today by the young people at St. Anselm's.

"That is why I am taking the step of announcing an exploratory committee. Over the next few weeks, I intend to meet with the people of New Hampshire where they live and work, to talk about what's on their mind and the best way to get the state and country on the right track."

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