Mitt Romney

BOSTON — Jul 2, 2014, 3:06 AM ET
Associated Press

He insists he’s not running for president a third time, but Mitt Romney is campaigning again in New Hampshire.

The former Republican presidential nominee is set to endorse Senate candidate Scott Brown on Wednesday, campaigning publicly in New Hampshire for the first time since the early hours of Election Day 2012 as he continues a larger effort to re-emerge as a force in Republican politics.

The day is supposed to be focused on Brown’s quest to defeat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen this fall. But Romney’s return to the state where he began and ended his last presidential campaign looms over the Senate endorsement.

The afternoon rally is being held at Scamman’s Bittersweet Farm in Stratham, New Hampshire, the same location where the former Massachusetts governor formally launched his last presidential campaign.

“New Hampshire knows Mitt Romney well, and not just because he won the presidential primary here,” Brown says in prepared remarks released by his campaign. “We know him as the upright and capable man we wish were president right now. Mitt Romney fought the good fight in 2012, and he’s here today to help us win that fight in 2014.”

Brown cast his Senate contest as a referendum on President Barack Obama less than two years after the president defeated Romney by more than 5 points among New Hampshire general election voters.

“This election is America’s last chance to pass judgment on the performance of President Obama,” Brown says. “He’s not on the ballot, but his biggest supporter in the Senate is Jeanne Shaheen, and the president needs her back.”

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