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 Harkin’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 Warren (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 Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), have made or scheduled trips to the state ahead of 2016.