Scott Brown to make second trip to Iowa

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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 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.