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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 WarrenSanders keeping door open on 2020 Scaramucci deletes old tweets bashing Trump Trump's new communications chief once called him a 'hack' 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 PaulTalk of Trump pardons reverberates on Sunday shows Paul says president likely has authority to pardon himself Paul still supports repealing, replacing ObamaCare at the same time MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzTed CruzGOP wrestles with soaring deductibles in healthcare bill Cruz: Tax reform chances ‘drop significantly’ if healthcare fails Ex-CBO directors defend against GOP attacks on ObamaCare analysis MORE (R-Texas), have made or scheduled trips to the state ahead of 2016.