Senate hopeful Brown uses NH motto to bash health law, says you must 'live free or log on'

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FILE - In this March 14, 2014 file photo, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown acknowledges his wife Gail in Nashua, N.H., as he announces plans to form an exploratory committee to enter New Hampshire's U.S. Senate race against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Brown said Monday, April 7, 2014, he will kick off his campaign for U.S. Senate Thursday night in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

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By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The speculation is over and the campaign has begun for Republican Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator who is hoping to return to Washington by way of New Hampshire.

Brown formally announced his campaign Thursday in Portsmouth, where he lived as a baby before moving to Massachusetts.

He accused Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen of being a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama, and criticized her support for the federal health care overhaul law. Tweaking New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die" motto, Brown said the law forces people to make a choice "live free or log on," and said the worst is yet to come.

Brown, who moved to New Hampshire in December, faces several other Republican primary opponents in the September primary.

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