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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.

Ad Audit: Air War Heats Up In Campaign for N.H. Senate

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Sara Plourde
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It was only a matter of time before Scott Brown’s involvement in a failed energy bill backed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen would get the political-ad treatment.

Sure enough, on Thursday, the Senate Majority PAC launched a television spot that cites “news accounts” that Brown lobbied Senate Republicans to block the bill in order to deny Shaheen a legislative victory.

The 30-second ad is scheduled to run until at least June 4 on WMUR, at a cost of $224,000, as well as on some cable stations.

This is the second ad from the Senate Majority PAC, run by former staffers of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, bringing the group’s investment in the New Hampshire Senate race to nearly $700,000.

Although Brown must face three Republican challengers in a primary election, Democrats believe the former senator from Massachusetts will most likely be Shaheen’s opponent come November.

The bipartisan energy proposal sponsored by Shaheen and Ohio Republican Rob Portman failed after Reid blocked a handful of amendments, prompting a filibuster by Senate Republicans.

Brown’s phone calls to Republicans, including New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, were first reported by The Huffington Post. Ayotte, who supported the bill, told the left-leaning online outlet that she spoke to Brown, but said she wasn’t pressured to vote a particular way.

"I just did what I thought was best based on my state and voted the way I thought I should," Ayotte said.

Brown’s campaign spokesperson didn’t deny he made the calls, but said he was merely expressing concern that the bill did not include a vote on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Earlier this week, Brown denied to reporters that he “actively advocated” for the bill’s defeat.

“No, I didn’t,” he said. “And I find it actually sad in Washington when there are failures they look outside themselves and try to blame other people for this.”

The new ad accuses Brown of “hurting Shaheen” in order to “gain another Senate seat,” and concludes with another poke at Brown’s status as a recent transplant to the Granite State: “Scott Brown just moved to New Hampshire and he’s already acting like his job is more important than yours.”

Brown’s campaign is no doubt aware that the “carpetbagger” label could hurt his candidacy. Indeed, a new television ad, also launched Thursday, addresses the issue head-on.

Half of the 30-second spot features photos of Brown as a child, his parents and his boyhood home on Islington Street in Portsmouth.

“I’ve been a homeowner in Rye for over 20 years. I care about New Hampshire,” Brown says in the voiceover, before switching gears to attack Shaheen for her support of the Affordable Care Act.

At that point, Brown relies on boilerplate – and largely inaccurate – criticisms of the law. The ad features two Union Leader headlines that put a decidedly conservative spin on the news. 

The first, “Premium Spike: Obamacare costs NH,” reports that a survey of insurance brokers expected New Hampshire’s individual insurance premiums to increase 90 percent next year.

But, as has been widely reported, only one of the 148 insurance brokers surveyed works in New Hampshire. When Americans for Prosperity repeated the statistic in an anti-Shaheen ad in April, Factcheck.org called the claim “bogus.”

The second Union Leader headline, “Congressional Budget Office estimates Obamacare will cost nation 2.3M jobs,” is only slightly less misleading: the 2.3 million figure is legitmate, but it actually refers to workers, not jobs.

As the numerous fact-checkers have pointed out, premium subsidies available through the Affordable Care Act might allow some full-time workers to move to part-time jobs, while others may choose to retire. As CBO explained, the 2.3 million estimate “stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor….”

Misinformation about the report grew so widespread that the CBO issued a follow-up summary that attempted to clear up the misconceptions: “Because the longer-term reduction in work is expected to come almost entirely from a decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply in response to the changes in their incentives, we do not think it is accurate to say that the reduction stems from people “losing” their jobs.”

According to a contract on file at WMUR, the Brown ad is set to run on the station through June 2 at a cost of about $44,000. It’s the second ad from his campaign.

Conservative outside groups have been much active attacking Shaheen through the airwaves, spending more than $2 million on the race.

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