Oct 1, 2014 11:34 AM

As Shaheen teams up with Clinton, Romney stars in Brown video

Political Director - NH1.com

WASHINGTON, D.C - How do you counter Hillary Clinton?

Scott Brown's Senate campaign is using Mitt Romney.

On the day that the former secretary of state and likely presidential contender serves as the main attraction at a fundraiser in New York City for Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Shaheen's Republican challenger went up with a web video staring Romney.

The video, released Wednesday, showcases the 2012 Republican presidential nominee's endorsement of Brown this past July at an event at Scamman Farm in Stratham.

Standing with Brown in front of a crowd of supporters, Romney criticized Shaheen and framed the midterm contests as a referendum on President Barack Obama, who defeated Romney in the 2012 election.

"This is a critical year. The people of New Hampshire have a chance to vote on what they think about the President's agenda," said Romney in a clip from the July event that's used in the new video. "Washington is not a place where New Hampshire wants to play a game of Simon Says."

"One person is his number one supporter, Jeanne Shaheen. She votes with the President 99% of the time. She's the Simon Says senator. We don't need that. We need to have an independent voice," added Romney before introducing Brown to the audience.

The Brown campaign tells NH1 that it has no plans right now to run video as a commercial on broadcast or cable TV.

Romney has already appeared in a couple of spots the past month put out by pro-Brown outside groups, including one ad by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Romney's very well known in New Hampshire. Besides serving for four years as governor of Massachusetts last decade, he owns a vacation home along Lake Winnipesaukee, and has often appeared at GOP events in across the state. Romney easily won the Granite State's 2012 Republican presidential primary, but lost New Hampshire by six percentage points to President Barack Obama in the general election.

New Hampshire Democrats criticized both Romney and Brown in advance of the July endorsement.

"Scott Brown is bringing in his Massachusetts buddy Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney, to vouch for him. Well Scott, we've got news for you, Mitt Romney has no credibility in New Hampshire either," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley at the time. "It's actually insulting that Scott Brown is shipping in another failed Massachusetts politician to tell Granite Staters what they need."

Brown, then a little-known state senator in Massachusetts, scored an upset victory in a special election in January 2010 to serve the final three years of the term of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who had died the previous summer. Brown lost his bid 2012 re-election bid for a full six-year term to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. Late last year Brown sold his home in Massachusetts and moved north to New Hampshire, where he's long owned a vacation home. In the spring he formally launched a bid for the Senate in the Granite State.

Clinton headlining Shaheen fundraiser in NYC

As first reported Tuesday by NH1, Clinton will be the main attraction at the fundraiser for Shaheen, the former three-term governor who was first elected to the Senate in 2008. With just under five weeks until Election Day, most public opinion polls indicate Shaheen with single digit advantage over Brown.

Shaheen and her husband bill have long been close to both Hillary and Bill Clinton. Bill Shaheen served as a co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign in New Hampshire.

Clinton was supposed to headline a fundraiser in the nation's capital on Tuesday New Hampshire state Sen. Lou D'Allesandro. NH1 was first to report on Monday that the DC fundraiser had been postponed. D'Allesandro told NH1 that he received a call Monday morning from Clinton's staff informing him that the former secretary of state had cancelled all appearances for the next couple of days and was staying in NYC to concentrate on her new job: grandmother. Chelsea Clinton gave birth on Friday to a baby girl, as brought her newborn home earlier this week.

Clinton's attendance at the Shaheen fundraiser will spark more speculation that the former secretary of state is moving closer towards another run for the White House. Earlier this month Clinton and the former President went to Iowa to headline the final Steak Fry of retiring Sen. Tom Harkin. Since then there's been plenty of speculation on whether Hillary Clinton would travel to the Granite State to campaign for Shaheen, the state's two Democratic congresswomen, Rep. Annie Kuster and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who are all up for re-election in November.

Both states, of course, play crucial roles in the race for the White House. Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, and New Hampshire comes next, holding the first primary.

Former President Clinton will headline the state Democratic party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on October 16 in Manchester. Shaheen, Hassan, Kuster and Shea-Porter will be in attendance.

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