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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 WarrenWarren reads middle school students' letters on climate change Warren on attending Trump’s inauguration: ‘I wanted it burned in my eyes’ Maher on Obama speaking fee: Isn’t that what cost Clinton the election? 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 PaulRand Paul to teach a course on dystopias in George Washington University Destructive 'fat cat' tax law a complete flop. It's time to repeal it. Trump must take action in Macedonia to fix damage done by Obama and Clinton MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzTed CruzTrump in campaign mode at NRA convention Trump’s hands are tied on 9th Circuit Schumer: Trump's handling of North Korea 'all wrong' MORE (R-Texas), have made or scheduled trips to the state ahead of 2016.