Arizona senator John McCain showed up at Scott Brown’s town hall meeting last night to drum up support for the Republican senatorial candidate hopeful and to criticize his opponent (should Brown receive the nomination), incumbent Jeanne Shaheen.
According to The Boston Globe, Obama’s foreign policy (or lack thereof, Brown and McCain seemed to argue) was at the center of the meeting, which took place in Derry, N.H. McCain talked about ISIS, a group of Islamic militants that has violently taken over parts of Iraq. McCain called it “the largest center of terrorism in history’’ and a “direct threat’’ to the United States. New Hampshire Public Radio described Brown as “lash[ing] out’’ at the president for taking a vacation during the crisis in Iraq, then said his opponent, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, was Obama’s “number one foot soldier.’’
While Brown has tied Shaheen, a Democrat, to the unpopular president during his campaign, Shaheen has focused on local issues.
McCain has campaigned for Brown, who he called a “good and decent American,’’ before. In 2012, he endorsed Brown over Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts senatorial elections, which Warren ultimately won. Brown then left Massachusetts for the Granite State. Aside from McCain, he has also been endorsed by Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, though he still trails Shaheen in the polls.
Brown said that he might not know everything, “but my wife does,’’ to which the crowd generously “chuckled.’’
“I’m a good learner and I’m a good listener and my door is always open,’’ Brown added. While McCain stayed behind after the meeting to talk to voters and answer questions, Brown “was nowhere to be found,’’ the Globe reported.
Shaheen spent Monday evening in Portsmouth, participating in a women’s economic agenda discussion with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. While Brown has held three town hall meetings in the past several weeks, Shaheen hasn’t held any, something at least one man who happens to own a chicken costume has taken issue with. That man, Michael Zona, chose to express his discontent last weekend by putting on his costume and following Shaheen around during a parade until he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
Zona is a staffer for the state’s Republican party.