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Scott Brown "Exploring" Run for President

Scott Brown "Exploring" Run for President

By Scott Conroy - August 19, 2013

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown on Sunday made an unexpected visit to the Iowa State Fair and said he is "exploring a possible run" for president in 2016, according to local reports.

Brown was ousted by Democrat Elizabeth Warren last November from the Senate seat he won in a 2010 special election and has been mulling a return to politics next year by running either for governor of Massachusetts or a Senate seat in the Bay State or New Hampshire, where he owns a home.

In a weekend interview with the Des Moines Register, Brown said he was in Iowa to discern whether his brand of fiscally conservative and socially moderate politics is amenable to the GOP electorate there.

A presidential bid, particularly in Iowa, would be a decidedly uphill climb for Brown, who -- though he retains a national footprint with his role as a Fox News Channel contributor -- did not serve a full term in the Senate and hails from the moderate wing of a party whose nominating contest is dominated by conservatives.

Still, Brown may have good reason to float the prospect of a presidential bid as he maps out the next steps of his career.

After a presidential election cycle in which several long-shot contenders -- ranging from Herman Cain to Michele Bachmann -- enjoyed unexpected stints as GOP front-runners, Brown also might benefit from such exposure.

He told the Register he would decide on whether to run for Massachusetts governor “in a week to 10 days.” 

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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