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 HarkinTom HarkinDo candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? The Hill's 12:30 Report Mark Mellman: Parsing the primary processes 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 WarrenClinton: There are a lot of qualified people for VP Warren: Trump's sexism is as obvious as his 'bad hair' Sanders-Warren ticket would sweep the nation 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 PaulRand PaulFive ways Trump will attack Clinton Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Rand Paul wants to legalize cooperation MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzTed CruzGraham: 'Lucifer may be the only person Trump can beat in a general election' Pennsylvania GOP senator on collision course with Trump Cruz: 'The concern is not of the Caitlyn Jenners of the world' MORE (R-Texas), have made or scheduled trips to the state ahead of 2016.