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U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown during an interview at the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester on Wednesday. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER
U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown speaks with Joseph W. McQuaid, New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News publisher and president, during an interview Wednesday. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER
7/9/14-U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown smiles during an interview at the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester on Wednesday. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER
Brown's surprise victory over Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to finish the term of Democratic stalwart Ted Kennedy thrust him into the national spotlight, making him a rising Republican star.
"I am actually the only one in this primary who is a lifelong Republican," Brown said, alluding to former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and former state Sen. Jim Rubens, who both left the party at some point in their political careers.
Recently, a pro-Rubens political action committee took Brown to task for voting with Obama 78 percent of the time in 2012.
"Remember, Democrats are in charge down there right now. If you want to send me down there to do nothing, I'm not your guy," Brown said. "I am not a divider, I never have been."
Until Republican voters make their decision, Brown echoes familiar GOP themes such as repealing Obamacare. The law's tentacles reach into everybody's life, he said, driving up the cost of premiums, increasing co-pays and denying many people their old insurance polices.
He defends his vote in the Massachusetts Senate for former Gov. Mitt Romney's mandatory health insurance law, saying it helped fix a broken system. "To say I don't want people covered is a lie," Brown said, noting health care reform should be turned over to the states.
Another Brown concern is immigration. "We have to secure our borders," he says.
"We need to follow the law," Brown said. "To put people ahead of those who are legally following the process is morally wrong."
Radical Islamists essentially have their own country in Iraq, contrary to America's long-held objective, Brown said. The United States should have retained a rehabilitative force, a quick-reaction force and a training force in Iraq, said the recently retired National Guard colonel.
Brown is impressed with the new breed of young Republicans in the Senate or running for Senate seats who want to focus on moving the country forward.
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