Oct 7, 2014 10:42 AM
Paul Steinhauser: Mitt Romney to team up with Scott Brown next week in NH
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD - Mitt Romney's coming back to New Hampshire next week to campaign with Scott Brown.
Multiple GOP sources with knowledge of the event confirm to NH1 that the 2012 Republican presidential nominee will team up with the Granite State's GOP Senate nominee on Oct. 15, 2014.
This will be Romney's second time on the campaign trail this year with Brown. In July - two months before the GOP primary - Romney endorsed Brown at an event at Doug and Stella Scamman's Bittersweet Farm in Stratham, near the Seacoast. That's the same spot where in June 2011, Romney formally announced his 2012 bid for the White House.
Romney isn't the only major political heavyweight to visit the Granite State next week. His Oct. 15 event with Brown comes one day before former President Bill Clinton will be in Manchester to headline the New Hampshire Democratic Party's annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Gov. Maggie Hassan, and the state's two House members, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Rep. Annie Kuster, will all be in attendance. All four women are up for re-election in November's midterm elections.
Polls indicate Shaheen - a former three-term governor - and Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts, are locked in a close contest. The most recent NH1 poll by New England College indicated the race all tied up among likely voters. Other recent survey's indicated Shaheen with a single digit lead.
While this will be the second time Romney's teaming up with Brown, he also starred in a U.S. Chamber of Commerce TV spot that went up last month that supports Brown. And last week the Brown campaign put out a web video with highlights of Romney and Brown from the July event in Stratham.
Romney's very well known in New Hampshire. He owns a vacation home in Wolfeboro, has often appeared at GOP events in across the Granite State, and was governor of neighboring Massachusetts. 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. Since his defeat in the 2012 presidential election, Romney has taken on the role of Republican Party elder statesman, in hopes of helping shape the future of the party.