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What Can Brown Do for New Hampshire?

Robert Giroux/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Scott Brown is making his New Hampshire U.S. Senate bid official Thursday night in Portsmouth, N.H.

The former senator from Massachusetts, who will address supporters at the Portsmouth Harborside Hotel at 6 p.m. ET, plans to wax nostalgic about his roots.

“Our campaign for the U.S. Senate begins not far from where my life began,” Brown intends to say in his announcement speech, according to excerpts of his remarks prepared for delivery. “Gail and I have had a wonderful time as we have traveled throughout this beautiful state.”

“We’ve been on the road, stopping along the way at places like Mount Cube Sugar Farm in Orford...the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester...the Moose Muck Coffee House in Colebrook...bakeries, candy stores, gun shops and outfitters, homes, offices -- and, okay, maybe a few pubs in between,” he will add.

And during his speech, Brown won’t spare Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen from criticism.

“I worked with Senator Shaheen in the U.S. Senate for three years. She is a nice person, but wrong on the issues facing the people of New Hampshire. She made that clear when she cast the deciding vote that forced Obamacare on this state and our country,” he's expected to say.

Shaheen’s campaign manager, Mike Vlacich, has provided some early counter-programming ahead of Brown’s announcement. He writes in a memo: “Scott Brown’s three week listening tour has been long on tweeted selfies at Granite State landmarks and negative attacks against Jeanne Shaheen, but hasn’t included much about New Hampshire.”

Vlacich continues, “Scott Brown is in this race for Scott Brown. And Big Oil and Wall Street are for Scott Brown too, once again picking up his bills and paying big to buy him a Senate seat. The last time they did that, Scott Brown voted them billions in special breaks. Think about it: have you heard Scott Brown do anything but attack Jeanne Shaheen and the Affordable Care Act?”

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