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Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks to members of the Nashua Rotary Club at the Nashua Country Club on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Photo by Jim Haddadin

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks to members of the Nashua Rotary Club at the Nashua Country Club on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Photo by Jim Haddadin

As Scott Brown nears Senate bid, a look back at fact checks

Without making it "officially" official, Scott Brown dropped a big clue in the "will-he or won’t-he" guessing game over his potential run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. At a GOP conference in Nashua, N.H., Brown announced that he was forming a committee to explore running for the seat held by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Both Brown and Shaheen are no strangers to the Truth-o-Meter.

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"Eighty percent of Wall Street executives and their spouses' donations go to Democrats."

A recent Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Americans and 56 percent of Democrats "say the biggest threat to our nation's security is big government."

"Shaheen votes with Obama 99 percent of the time."

"I was the most bipartisan senator in the United States Senate."

On delaying a health care mandate on business.

Says that as a U.S. senator, Scott Brown "delivered for Wall Street, saving big banks $19 billion in taxes."

"I cut spending while serving in the state Legislature"

"Granite Staters who hold individual policies from Anthem...can indeed renew their policies and keep their current doctors and hospitals" in 2014.

"I’m ninth generation from New Hampshire."

"You've got more people wanting to go moose hunting in New Hampshire than want Obamacare."    

"In Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire has a Senator who was the deciding vote to pass Obamacare."

The deficit this year could pay "all of the 2013 salaries of every professional baseball player for the next 248 years."

Under President George W. Bush, "we added $4.9 trillion to the debt. Under President Obama … we’ve added $6.5 trillion to the debt."

Says Jeanne Shaheen "got behind the idea of using the IRS to target American citizens for their political views."

Ann Kuster turned "a blind eye to those in need of funding" by voting "against funding for our nation’s veterans, low-income women and children, the FDA and the National Institutes of Health."

"Ninety six percent of employers in the Granite State are considered small businesses."

Says Maggie Hassan is the only female governor in the country.

"According to the Congressional Budget Office, repealing Obamacare would increase the budget deficit."

Mental health provisions related to mass shootings "got over 90 votes in the Senate."

"In New Hampshire, 93 percent of Democrats, 79 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of gun owners and 60 percent of NRA households support background checks."

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