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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8d390000Race: U.S SenateParty: RepublicanPolitical Experience: 2010-2012 - U.S Senate from Massachusetts2004-2010 – Massachusetts State Senate1998-2004 – Massachusetts House of RepresentativesPersonal: Married; lives in RyeEducation: Bachelor’s, Tufts University; J.D., Boston College Law SchoolCampaign WebsiteIssuesBrown says one of the main reasons he is seeking the seat held by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is the need to repeal the Affordable Care Act and encourage states to craft their own legislative solutions.A supporter of “Romneycare,” the Massachusetts health care program that includes many of the same components of the ACA, Brown voted to repeal so-called Obamacare in 2010. Yet he acknowledges that benefits offered by the ACA, such as requiring coverage for pre-existing conditions, are important enough to be part of a New Hampshire plan.“We need to repeal Obamacare and we need to put in place something that works for us…. There’s no reason why we can’t do it and also respecting our rights and freedoms and also doing it more competitively.”In late July, Brown began running television ads blaming Shaheen and President Obama for the “immigration crisis on our hands.” He criticized Shaheen for supporting immigration reforms that include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S., which Brown characterizes as “amnesty.”Brown told NHPR’s Brady Carlson that the U.S. needs to “secure our border once and for all.” But he supports allowing foreign students with visas to obtain green cards instead of automatically returning to their country of origin, and he says some workers ought to be allowed to remain in the U.S. if there is a need.“I look at it in different pillars. The first pillar is if we have kids who are here from out of country and they’re going to school, they should get a diploma and the ability to stay here and live and work if they want. That’s a no brainer.If we have people who need seasonal help because we have a service industry in our state, tourism, etc., and there’s needs to be filled, we should allow that to happen…. If you’re looking at executives and other engineers, doctors, etc., and there’s a need and we can’t fill that need in order to keep our businesses vibrant and in our state, we should allow that to happen, no problem.”Brown supports an "all of the above" energy plan that includes federal tax subsidies to encourage the development of solar, geothermal and nuclear energy technologies. A one-time supporter of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program for New England states, Brown now opposes cap and trade or a "national energy tax," saying it would increase costs to consumers.

Shaheen Pushes Brown To Sign 'People's Pledge' In Senate Race

NHPR / Michael Brindley

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen continues to challenge potential Republican candidate Scott Brown to sign the same pledge he did during his campaign for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.  

During an appearance in Manchester this morning, Shaheen says she has not heard from Brown on whether he will agree to the so-called people’s pledge, which is meant to limit third-party spending on negative attack ads.

“He should accept it, whether it’s today, tomorrow, or the next day. I think it’s important to the people of New Hampshire. The fact is we don’t want the Koch brothers coming in here, spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to buy the Senate seat.”

The pact would require any candidate who benefits from a third-party attack ad to contribute 50 percent of the cost to a charity of the opponent’s choosing.

Shaheen says it's the right thing to do.

“As we saw in Massachusetts, when they took this pledge, it limited the outside money, it limited the negative attack ads. I think people are tired of those negative attacks and I certainly hope he will agree to his own pledge.”

On Monday, Brown wouldn’t commit to the pledge, saying he’s not yet an official candidate.

He called Shaheen’s proposal "hypocritical," saying her supporters have already spent three-quarters of a million dollars on ads against him.

Shaheen called that a red herring.

“When they agreed to the pledge in Massachusetts, $3 million had already been spent in that race.”

GOP and conservative third-party groups have committed to $1.5 million in ads attacking Shaheen.

Michael serves as NHPR's Program Director. Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor.
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