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Brown will headline the Scott County Republican Party’s Ronald Reagan dinner on Nov. 12, according to the Quad-City Times

In an interview with the newspaper, Brown avoided questions about a presidential bid and said he will be helping to elect a Republican senator in the state. Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinDem Senator open to bid from the left in 2020 Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Trump should require federal contractors to follow the law MORE’s (D-Iowa) decision not to run for reelection in 2014 has opened up a seat in the state.  

The former Massachusetts senator lost his own reelection bid to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJuan Williams: Trump gives life to the left Elizabeth Warren urges grads to fight for 'what is decent' in current political climate Tomi Lahren responds to genealogist's investigation of her family: 'She failed miserably' MORE (D-Mass.) in 2012 and has since decided against a run for governor. 

Brown said he wanted to remain in the private sector, noting that another run for public office would be a lot of personal sacrifice. 

Visits to the early nominating states are necessary for politicians as they gauge support for a presidential run and curry favor with their party. 

A number of other potential Republican candidates, including Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSarah Sanders: ‘Democrats are losing their war against women in the Trump administration’ Kentucky Dems look to vault themselves in deep-red district Overnight Defense: Senate confirms Haspel as CIA chief | Trump offers Kim 'protections' if he gives up nukes | Dem amendments target Trump military parade MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenators near deal on sexual harassment policy change Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Five Republican run-offs to watch in Texas MORE (R-Texas), have made or scheduled trips to the state ahead of 2016.