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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 HarkinTom HarkinDistance education: Tumultuous today and yesterday Grassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream 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 WarrenSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration Dems call for action against Cassidy-Graham ObamaCare repeal 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 PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (R-Texas), have made or scheduled trips to the state ahead of 2016.