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Mitt Romney Endorses Scott Brown; Says Shaheen Is Playing 'Simon Says'

Emily Corwin

  The crowd was smaller at Scamman Farm in Stratham than it was two years ago, when Mitt Romney kicked off his campaign for president. But supporters were enthusiastic in the almost 100 degree heat, as Romney told them a vote for Scott Brown is a vote against the man who beat him in 2012.

I know the president is not on the ballot this November, but the people of New Hampshire have a chance to vote at what they think of the president’s agenda. And they’ll do that by saying what they will about the president’s number one supporter, Jeanne Shaheen.

Romney called Shaheen "the Simon says Senator," saying "we don't  need that, we need an independent Senator."  

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR
Gail Huff, Mitt Romney, and Scott Brown stand on a podium as Brown thanks Romney for his endorsement.

  In accepting Romney’s endorsement, Scott Brown was careful not to mention one thing they have in common: that both men spent most of their lives in Massachusetts.  Brown did thank the crowd for showing up on the hottest day of the summer so far:

I know it’s hot believe me I’m sweating up but I can tell you what the heat is nothing like Senator Shaheen is going to find and feel in November.

But first, Brown will have to get through the primary, where he faces former New Hampshire state Senators Jim Rubens, and former U.S. Senator Bob Smith.