CONCORD — U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown, after being criticized for not participating in enough debates and forums with his fellow Republican candidates, has agreed to participate in two more, bringing the total to four before the Sept. 9 primary.
Brown’s announcement came as candidates Jim Rubens and Bob Smith refused to immediately sign a letter from NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn asking each candidate to endorse the primary winner.
Rubens and Smith said they would not pledge to support Brown yet because, they said he has not participated in a number of debates and forums in which they appeared. Rubens has said he will sign it if Brown “agrees to a series of debates/forums with all three candidates.”
The Brown campaign today said that in addition to a forum this week that will be aired on Sunday on WMUR’s “CloseUp” and a Sept. 4 WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader debate, Brown will appear in debates this summer at the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Debate and “New Hampshire Today” on WGIR-AM radio with host Jack Heath and New Hampshire Journal News Editor John DiStaso.
Brown will miss tonight’s debate at the Merrimack Town Hall sponsored by the Merrimack Business Association, citing a “scheduling conflict.”
Also Wednesday, Brown’s campaign announced a new television ad will go on the air on New Hampshire broadcast and cable networks on Thursday.
The ad features Brown’s sister, LeeAnn Riley, talking about their tough childhood.
“There was physical abuse in the home,” she says. “But Scott was there to protect myself and my mom. Nobody should have to grow up like that. But it made Scott who he is today…”