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In Concord, Brown discusses listening tour, hits Shaheen

Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown chats with guests at the Union Leader's "Forty Under Forty" event in Concord, which he attended to support friend BJ Perry, of Manchester, one of the award recipients for the night, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. 

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown chats with guests at the Union Leader's "Forty Under Forty" event in Concord, which he attended to support friend BJ Perry, of Manchester, one of the award recipients for the night, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

In the five days Scott Brown has spent traveling across New Hampshire, he’s heard a lot about Obamacare, jobs, energy and gas prices. What he hasn’t heard about, he said, is the pledge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is asking him to sign to limit advertisements funded by third-party groups.

“I have no intention of signing it, people see right through the political gamesmanship she’s trying to perpetrate,” Brown said yesterday in Concord. “When I’m traveling, they don’t say, ‘You know, that People’s Pledge, Scott.’ ”

Brown was at the Grappone Conference Center last night for the Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” event as the fifth day of his whirlwind listening tour across the state continued. Brown, a Republican former U.S. senator from Massachusetts, said he’ll soon decide whether he will enter the U.S. Senate race against Shaheen. In the meantime, he’s been spending 14 to 16 hours a day meeting with business owners, attending fundraisers and hearing from voters statewide. Earlier yesterday he stopped for a meatball sub at Constantly Pizza on South Main Street, and he attended a fundraiser in Concord the night before for state Sen. Nancy Stiles, a Hampton Republican.

Shaheen’s re-election campaign asked Brown to sign the People’s Pledge this weekend, a pledge he proposed and signed in his race against Elizabeth Warren in 2012. But Brown said he hasn’t seen a copy of the pledge from Shaheen, adding, “I don’t know what she’s talking about.”

Shaheen’s team disputes that: They emailed a copy of the pledge to the email address listed on Brown’s personal website, and Shaheen’s staff said she asked Brown directly about the pledge at a St. Patrick’s Day dinner in Manchester, the first time they’ve come face to face since Brown said he was exploring a run.

Brown, for his part, said he and voters have other things on their minds, such as Obamacare, which is shaping up to be the focus of his listening tour.

Voters “want to talk about the high cost of health care, they want to talk about how Obamacare is crushing their jobs and business opportunities,” Brown said. “They want somebody who’s going to not be a rubber stamp.”

Some voters also want to talk about guns. As Brown prepared to head into last night’s event, a Courtyard Marriott employee stopped him to ask about where he stands on the Second Amendment.

Brown said he’s a strong Second Amendment supporter and told the employee he would catch up with him later to further explain his position. He’s likely to hear this question a lot on the campaign trail, as he supported a state-level assault weapons ban in Massachusetts as a state lawmaker and said he would support a federal one after the shooting in Newtown, Conn. Yesterday, he told the Monitor he didn’t have enough time to delve into his record before the event, but said he’s a strong defender of gun rights.

“I’ve had a very strong and solid and reasonable position on guns and the right and ability to bear arms, so I’m not worried about my position,” he said. “I think people need to understand it because there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and that’s fine – I have time to look people in the eye and answer their questions straight up.”

As Brown made his way into the ballroom for last night’s event, a group of people gravitated toward him, shaking his hand, introducing themselves and getting a look at the man who wants to be their next U.S. senator. It’s friendly interactions like these that Brown said he and his wife, Gail Huff, have been enjoying – and the ones that make it more and more likely he’ll join the race officially.

“Gail and I were driving home last night from Concord, and we were just saying, ‘Wow, the reception has been so wonderful.’ People are just so nice, No. 1, and when they’re not going to vote for you, they are pleasant about it, and when they say they’re going to keep an open mind, they mean it,” Brown said. “So we’ll make a decision, but I want to make sure I cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s.”

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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Is it just me or does anybody else here have a problem with the headline of this piece? The low-information-voter is likely to think that Scott Brown is a misogynist after reading it and I wonder if that was what the Monitor's goal was?

Yeah, I thought the word "hit" was a questionable choice.

So funny. Did you hear the one about Brown sitting in Republican Rep. Herb Richardson's house and saying Obamacare is a "monstrosity" and Mr. Richardson and his wife interrupting Brown to tell him that Obamacare was a "lifesaver" for them. Poor old Scott had nothing to say. I really think the brains behind the beauty there is his wife Gail Huff. Probably won't see that on any of your right wing web sites, Sail and Itsa, but doesn't mean it isn't a "fact."

Flip flop. I'll do ANYTHING to get elected, even flip flop which State I live in and tell people where I am from. As for those older viewpoints I had a couple of years ago, well, I was only kidding. Now I'll tell you how I really think. It has nothing to do with Massachusetts voting me out if office, really it doesn't. I mean, really, I never really even got a chance down there. And no, it's simply not true that I'll say and do anything to get elected. But hey! Ain't I handsome?! I mean, seriously good looking? That ALL that really matters these days! Flip flop.

HYPOCRITE SHAHEEN. On Feb 19th she was FUNDRAISING at the home of a S.F. BILLIONAIRE hedge fund manager . The hedge fund manager has pledged to put $100 MILLION into the races this fall. Shaheen is as disingenuous as any candidate..... telling others to do one thing while she has filled her war chest with out of state money - liberals sheeeeeesh!

What examples can Scott Brown-or any Republican-actually cite, of jobs being lost because of the ACA?

The Advanced Medical Technology Association surveyed its members to determine the number of lost jobs since the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices took effect in January 2013, raising about $3.8 billion a year to help pay for ObamaCare. The survey found that nearly a third of respondents had cut research and development because of the tax, and almost 10 percent had moved manufacturing abroad. The job losses were put at about 14,000, with another 19,000 openings that were left unfilled. “During a time when there is bipartisan support for growing high-technology manufacturing jobs, these results should serve as a wake-up call,” said Stephen J. Ubl, president of the Advanced Medical Technology Association.

As usual you cherry picked information out of an article to make your point. Thirty eight members were surveyed which is only 15% of the total. They have been against this tax and it is too bad, but we all must pay taxes and they will definitely recoup a lot more with the extra business they will receive because of Obamacare. This is why every thing you post is suspect.

“More than 100 Emory Healthcare employees in Atlanta will permanently lose their jobs due to Obamacare, a local television station reported”………Washington Times, September 16, 2013. “Testifying today before the House Budget Committee, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf confirmed that Obamacare is expected to reduce the number of jobs in the labor market by an estimated 800,000” “A study by Advamed reported the following: “The tax has resulted in employment reductions of approximately 14,000 industry workers and forgone hiring of 19,000 workers. The total job impact of the tax on industry employment was approximately 33,000.” “The impact of the tax on indirect employment would be approximately 132,000 jobs, for a total job loss due to the tax of as many as 165,000 jobs.” “We have restructured our business, including significant layoffs…We have reduced service levels to customers. We will consider adding headcount if there is a repeal,” said one company surveyed in the report.

Actually what Tom Steyer pledged was 100 million toward candidates on the State and Federal level who will promote anti global warming legislation. Its not like the Koch brothers who spend a million dollars of their pocket change at a time buying political ads which tell lies to the general public.

You mean those evil Koch Bros that had the unions picket on the NYC Presbyterian Hospital because it accepted the Koch Bro $100 MILLION for a new medical wing? - Koch Derangement Syndrome - seek help - Koch Bros are 59th in total political spending

Scott Brown does not care about NH. It is a pure lust for power that drives him. Why is he not running for governor? The perks of being a senator are probably much better than governor. He would rather be in Washington than Concord.

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