Here are former Sen. Bob Smith's (R-NH) plans to get back into the Senate: move to New Hampshire, hire a campaign team and possibly face off against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in the Republican primary. And this time, he says he's serious.
It's a lofty plan and one that he's only started to follow since he announced his bid for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D) Senate seat on Friday. The 72-year-old former New Hampshire senator -- who also ran for Senate in Florida in 2010 -- seems like a long shot right now, especially in a year when Republicans seem busier fending off primary challenges than picking off potentially easy Democratic seats.
A September Public Policy Polling survey found Shaheen beating Smith in a head-to-head matchup, 51 percent to 35 percent (nevertheless Shaheen's reelection campaign sent out a fundraising email Monday afternoon citing the "radical" Smith's candidacy).
In the interview with TPM on Monday, Smith sounded many of the notes of a candidate planning to run a classic tea party challenge. He not only said he would like to run against Brown, who has toyed with the idea of challenging Shaheen, but also said he plans to reach out to the outside conservative groups that have helped boost non-establishment Republican primary challengers.
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