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Brownback rescinds immigration bill support
THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | April 26, 2007 | Stephen Dinan

Posted on 04/26/2007 5:58:39 AM PDT by 3AngelaD

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Sam Brownback said yesterday he no longer supports the immigration overhaul bill that he helped pass in the Senate.

"I would not vote for the same bill," Mr. Brownback told reporters yesterday morning, saying that after the bill passed the Senate he had a chance to study its effects and decided it led to too much immigration.

It's a major reversal for a man who is listed as one of seven original sponsors of the bill, along with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, who spearheaded the bill...

He said the bill would lead to too much "chain migration," allowing immigrants to sponsor family members to join them in the United States. Mr. Brownback said he supports sponsorship of spouses and children, but that thinks siblings should be excluded.

The immigration issue has Republicans spinning, particularly those running for president, as they try to match their rhetoric to the beliefs of conservative primary voters.

It's a particularly difficult issue for Mr. Brownback and Mr. McCain, who have been asked repeatedly about their positions on the campaign trail and who have distanced themselves from their own bill...

Mr. Brownback refused to take a position on whether to rescind "birthright citizenship," which allows automatic citizenship to children born in the United States, even if their parents are illegal aliens.

Mr. Brownback said he is not willing to say whether he supports rescinding what he calls the "anchor baby proposal" because he thinks it is protected by the Constitution and can't be changed by law. Still, he acknowledged "a fudge" on the issue, saying he would still look at proposals...

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; anchorbabies; builditnow; fence; illegals; immigration; invasionusa; mechasminions; presidentialrace; wall
Sounds like he must have gotten an earful while he was campaigning. I also suspect that the GOP's private polls are showing that the open borders crowd is having trouble attracting voters. He's still weenie-ing on the birthright citizenship.
1 posted on 04/26/2007 5:58:42 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: 3AngelaD

I liked Sam a whole lot better when he wasn’t running for president.


2 posted on 04/26/2007 6:00:52 AM PDT by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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To: 3AngelaD

Brownback has no chance to begin with. His poll numbers show this conclusively.

Interesting he decided that repudiating his position on AMNESTY is the best move politically.

Finally, it seems the GOP is waking up to what actually caused them to lose last fall.


3 posted on 04/26/2007 6:01:00 AM PDT by Badeye (Yesterday was pretty good, today is shaping up nicely, and tomorrow anything is possible)
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To: 3AngelaD

Doing the Kansas two-step.

Vote for THE most soild conservative, who never has to backpedal. Duncan Hunter.


4 posted on 04/26/2007 6:04:04 AM PDT by pissant
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To: 3AngelaD

“I would not vote for the same bill,” Mr. Brownback told reporters yesterday morning, saying that after the bill passed the Senate he had a chance to study its effects and decided it led to too much immigration.

That and he decided to run for Prez. hahaha


5 posted on 04/26/2007 6:05:27 AM PDT by sheana
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To: 3AngelaD

Good.


6 posted on 04/26/2007 6:05:31 AM PDT by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: 3AngelaD

Well Dang!!! Sam...Maybe there is hope after all...


7 posted on 04/26/2007 6:06:37 AM PDT by devane617 (Let's take back our country -- get a job in the MSM, or education system. We need you.)
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To: Badeye
Brownback has no chance to begin with. His poll numbers show this conclusively.

My guess is that his poll numbers for re-election to the senate are the problem.

8 posted on 04/26/2007 6:07:14 AM PDT by 50mm (algore uses 20 times as much energy as me)
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To: 50mm

“My guess is that his poll numbers for re-election to the senate are the problem.”

Hmmmm. Being in Ohio, I don’t have a take on that. Thanks, food for thought.


9 posted on 04/26/2007 6:11:40 AM PDT by Badeye (Yesterday was pretty good, today is shaping up nicely, and tomorrow anything is possible)
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To: 3AngelaD

Another member of camp wishy-washy.


10 posted on 04/26/2007 6:19:42 AM PDT by conserv8ive1 (Rudy and the Bots...blasting off to oblivion.)
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To: 3AngelaD

Hmmmm

Wonder if visits from the grassroots American citizens of “Hold their Feet to the Fire” made a difference...

Good for you, folks...

:)


11 posted on 04/26/2007 6:19:49 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: 3AngelaD
Mr. Brownback refused to take a position on ...

Mr. Brownback said he is not willing to say whether he supports rescinding...


So, Mr. Brownback is expecting the voters to buy a pig in a poke?

Mr. Brownback has put his finger in the wind and found he is on the wrong side of the issue. This is reminiscent of John Kerry and "I was for it before I was against it."

===

Mr. Brownback, why didn't you study the previous version and reach a conclusion before voting for it?

Mr. Brownback, did you even read the previous version or did you just leave that menial task up to staff?
12 posted on 04/26/2007 6:20:40 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Badeye
More evidence that it's probably his own re-election he's worried about. This article in the Kansas City Star shows that just days ago he was still supporting amnesty:


http://www.kansascity.com/444/story/81547.html

13 posted on 04/26/2007 6:23:17 AM PDT by 50mm (algore uses 20 times as much energy as me)
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To: 50mm

Hmmmm. So in summary, he just started listening to his own state’s voters, huh?

Sucks to be him, then.


14 posted on 04/26/2007 6:24:24 AM PDT by Badeye (Yesterday was pretty good, today is shaping up nicely, and tomorrow anything is possible)
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To: Badeye
So in summary, he just started listening to his own state’s voters, huh?

Look what happened to Mike DeRino (Rino-OH) when he didn't listen to his voters.

15 posted on 04/26/2007 6:31:49 AM PDT by 50mm (algore uses 20 times as much energy as me)
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To: 50mm

“Look what happened to Mike DeRino (Rino-OH) when he didn’t listen to his voters.”

I did everything I could to get Mikey fired here. Did you know he’s McCain’s Ohio campaign coordinator?


16 posted on 04/26/2007 6:34:07 AM PDT by Badeye (Yesterday was pretty good, today is shaping up nicely, and tomorrow anything is possible)
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To: Badeye
Did you know he’s McCain’s Ohio campaign coordinator?

Birds of a feather....

17 posted on 04/26/2007 6:35:55 AM PDT by 50mm (algore uses 20 times as much energy as me)
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To: JohnnyZ
When running for any public office the first thing a candidate is advised to do is get internal polling data on pertinent issues. This type of data will never be seen on the national news.

One can bet when the polling data came in on the border issue, Brownback began backpedaling. The Democrats will not change their stance on this issue because of the far left fridge that finances them, but Brownback knows that he has hurt himself with the GOP as well as the Conservatives.

This is good. One down, and for Fred to announce.

18 posted on 04/26/2007 6:50:38 AM PDT by Paige ("Facts are stubborn things. " President Ronald Reagan)
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To: 3AngelaD
...saying that after the bill passed the Senate he had a chance to study its effects and decided it led to too much immigration.

After the bill passes is no time to study the effects, Sam. Sheesh.

FMCDH(BITS)

19 posted on 04/26/2007 7:22:26 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: 3AngelaD

Something smells bad in Arkansas...is it that flipflop bird


20 posted on 04/26/2007 7:23:16 AM PDT by Sovernity (What are You doing other than talking and listening???)
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To: 3AngelaD
I was for it before I was against it.

Sound familiar?

21 posted on 04/26/2007 7:25:09 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Paige

My concern is the judgment he showed in supporting the legislation in the first place. What was he thinking, and why did he and do others so underestimate the impact of the immigration issue? Why do they continue to put the interests of foreigners ahead of the interests of American citizens? I know someone is going to tell me that it is the influcene of “big business,” but I think that shell game is about over. We all know we are subsidizing the labor costs of businesses that hire immigrants both legal and illegal, and that their presence in the work force depresses wages and income. It is no longer a nasty little secret.


22 posted on 04/26/2007 7:41:13 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: 3AngelaD
My concern is the judgment he showed in supporting the legislation in the first place.

He didn't just "support" it, he was one of seven sponsors of the bill and pushed hard for its passage. That makes his flip-flop even more suspicious.

23 posted on 04/26/2007 7:54:12 AM PDT by 50mm (algore uses 20 times as much energy as me)
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To: JohnnyZ

He has always been and continues to be a self-righteous prig.


24 posted on 04/26/2007 8:04:38 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: 50mm

My bad. After a little research I found that Brownback won’t be running for re-election to senate in 2010. Kansas has term limits. It seems his flip-flop is designed to snare the conservative vote for his nomination.


25 posted on 04/26/2007 8:12:12 AM PDT by 50mm (algore uses 20 times as much energy as me)
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To: 3AngelaD
He has always been and continues to be a self-righteous prig.

If you mean he's a Christian who stands up for moral principles, yes, he is. I'm not sure why you're so opposed to that.

He gets in trouble when he tries to act popular, or ... well, I don't know what his motivation is on certain things. The reason people like him is he's willing to be proudly counter-cultural on social issues. Going with the flow doesn't wear well on him.

26 posted on 04/26/2007 8:35:43 AM PDT by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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To: 3AngelaD

So, now we can call him ‘backtrack Brownback’? “I was for it, before I was agin’ it”....where have we heard that?


27 posted on 04/26/2007 8:35:51 AM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: AuntB; Petronski

“So, now we can call him ‘backtrack Brownback’? “I was for it, before I was agin’ it”....where have we heard that?”

Ghoulini is doin the ol flip/flop too!


28 posted on 04/26/2007 12:44:46 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! Or Rudy/Hillary if you want to murder conservatism)
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To: 3AngelaD; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


29 posted on 04/26/2007 5:51:31 PM PDT by HiJinx (Ask me about Troop Support...)
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To: 3AngelaD
I am soooo sick of these people selling us down the river and then acting like they didn't do anything wrong. That's two from the original group of traitors that have now seen the light. Problem is, I don't believe him or McCain! They had a responsibility to AMERICANS to do the right thing for US, and NOT for the Mexicans! It's really pathetic that they only have a "change of heart" when they want to run for President. Well, I don't buy it. To heck with him!!
30 posted on 04/26/2007 8:09:34 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008! HE IS A TRUE CONSERVATIVE!!)
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To: HiJinx; NRA2BFree

Thanks for the ping; BUMP!


31 posted on 04/26/2007 9:06:53 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: 3AngelaD
Still, he acknowledged "a fudge" on the issue

What is he, a kid or something? Did he go in his pants or something?

32 posted on 04/26/2007 9:10:28 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Ben Franklin, we tried but we couldn't keep it.)
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To: pissant
Vote for THE most soild conservative, who never has to backpedal. Duncan Hunter.

I keep writing to the RNC, encouraging them to back Duncan Hunter. I wish they would, but I am convinced that the GOP wants another globalist/open borders candidate, which would be the same thing as electing one of the Democrats.

If that's all they can come up with, I'll vote third party AGAIN, and so will most people I've talked to about it. America is disgusted!

33 posted on 04/26/2007 9:18:42 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: 3AngelaD
"The congressional landscape has changed with no Republican-led House conference as a backstop, and the provisions of the bill that the senator did not care for would not likely improve after a bill was passed by a Democrat Senate," Mr. Hart said.

Mr. Brownback refused to take a position on whether to rescind "birthright citizenship," which allows automatic citizenship to children born in the United States, even if their parents are illegal aliens.

Mr. Brownback said he is not willing to say whether he supports rescinding what he calls the "anchor baby proposal" because he thinks it is protected by the Constitution and can't be changed by law. Still, he acknowledged "a fudge" on the issue, saying he would still look at proposals.

Reading between the lines, I'd say he got an ear full and if the heat is turned up he'll see the light on "anchor babies". Sounds like someone needs to educate him on the Fourteenth Amendment.

34 posted on 04/26/2007 9:49:41 PM PDT by Razz Barry (,i)
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To: 3AngelaD
Well, Brownbeck just blew the crap out of any chances he might have had in the primaries. (Along with McQweeg)

Nam Vet

35 posted on 04/26/2007 9:59:54 PM PDT by Nam Vet ( The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.)
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To: 3AngelaD

Step 1. Build the border fence!

Step 2. Enforce all existing immigration laws!

It’s not that difficult, folks.


36 posted on 04/26/2007 10:02:08 PM PDT by airborne (Duncan Hunter is the only real choice for honest to goodness conservatives!)
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To: 3AngelaD

Adios, Muchacho!


37 posted on 04/27/2007 6:51:47 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas-beyond your expectations!)
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To: 3AngelaD

I love seeing these wimpy GOP functionaries reverse course on immigration when they know they are going to face the wrath of the American people.


38 posted on 04/27/2007 6:54:36 AM PDT by piceapungens
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To: piceapungens

Gratifying, isn’t it? I can just imagine what their internal polls are telling them if this is what is happening in public.


39 posted on 04/27/2007 7:05:51 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (Enoch Powell was right.)
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