Skip to comments.Brownback to Move on Presidential Bid (Will Announce Jan 20)
Posted on 01/05/2007 5:01:39 PM PST by xzins
Brownback to Move on Presidential Bid
By LIZ SIDOTI (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
January 05, 2007 5:57 PM EST
WASHINGTON - Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican and favorite son of the religious right, will officially enter the presidential race later this month in his home state.
"He will be fully announcing on January 20 in Topeka, Kansas," Brian Hart, the senator's spokesman, said Friday. The move was expected even though Brownback set up an exploratory committee in December to gauge whether he had enough support for a full-blown campaign.
After the announcement in Kansas, Hart said Brownback will fly to Washington to participate in the anti-abortion march marking the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling.
Brownback is a lesser-known candidate in a crowded GOP presidential field that likely will include Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor. Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, rounds out the top tier. All three are considering runs but, to various extents, also have records or positions on social or fiscal issues that don't sit well with the Republican base.
So, Brownback - a Catholic revered by the GOP's conservative wing for his opposition to abortion and gay marriage - sees an opening in the race for someone like him.
At the time, Brownback also called for a return to an American culture that promotes family values. He said the main focus of his campaign would be "to save and improve lives, rebuild families and renew the culture" in the United States that supports the institution of family.
Brownback, 50, was raised on a farm near tiny Parker, Kan. - population 281 today - where his parents still live.
His first foray into national politics was in 1976 while a student at Kansas State University, where he campaigned for Ronald Reagan in his unsuccessful quest to wrest the GOP nomination from Gerald Ford.
After receiving his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1982, he practiced law in Manhattan, Kan., and served as secretary of the state board of agriculture. He was named a White House fellow in 1990, and worked in the office of the U.S. trade representative.
Brownback was elected to the House in 1994, part of the Republican revolution that gave the GOP control of both the House and Senate for the first time in 40 years.
Two years later, Brownback was elected to the Senate, winning the seat Bob Dole vacated to run for the presidency. Brownback, who promised to serve no more than two terms, has said he will not seek re-election in 2010.
He describes himself above as: "I am an economic, a fiscal, a social and a compassionate conservative," Brownback said last month.
|Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS)|
|3rd-term Republican from Kansas.|
I am one of his constituents, have met him and have discussed issues with him.
He's not Presidential Timber, more like a Thistle - that's a noxious weed out here in Kansas
He is a pro-life conservative.
I want to see how well he thinks on his feet in front of a camera. Also, how good of a public speaker he is and if there's any money behind him.
I do know he left the Methodist Church a few years back to become a Roman Catholic.
True, but he's also a lightweight. He's not going to do our cause any good. Trust me on this, he is not going to stand up to the heat of the stage lights.
good for gold finches though
He's doing an excellent job where he is, in the Senate.
That is what I want to see. I want to see him operate under pressure in the spotlight.
He will rise or fall quickly.
What are his views regarding immigration? Also what as he done to counter govt spending? Its all well and good to claim one is this or that but the bottom line remains - has he taken an active part in reducing the size of the Fed Gov or is he a "compassionate conservative" i.e. spend money like a liberal but you're forgiven if you mention Jesus and God as the reason for the taxpayer theft.
too liberal on immigration, he's running for VP.
" Brownback voted against the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, which the ACU reported"
According to this website Brownback voted FOR comprehensive immigration.
He voted with Kennedy, Chafee, Clinton, McCain just to name a few on the comprehensive bill S2611.
Is he lying now or are you mistaken?
Thus far he gets my support. I wish he would ditch the compassionate part.
Go to the above link at the ACU and check out their list of "Yea" votes.
On that list they say that Brownback voted "yea."
I'd say that they have made a mistake on this "list of votes" page.
Correction: on the list of votes page they say he did not vote with them.
Apparently they opposed that bill and Brownback voted in favor of it.
I'm interested in hearing him. He'll either impress me or he won't.
The link you referred me to shows that Brownback voted along with Clinton, Obana, McCain, Chafee, Jeffords, etc., Democrats and Rinos. They all voted for S2611 the comprehensive immigration bill.
He is my Senator so I already know I like him. He picked up the compassionate label when Bush came along. I would like to see him drop that. I bought it in 2000, but at this point I'm sick and tired of it. Anyway, I totally respect the man. He would make a fine President.
Take two asprin and in the morning you'll get over it.
Here's from a previous post on FreeRepublic on Social Security for Illegal Aliens:
The Eleven GOP Senators who voted to give Social Security to Illegals (Vanity)
Posted on 05/22/2006 4:26:39 PM PDT by no dems
O.K. Freepers, heres the list of Pubbies who voted with the Dems Thursday to give Social Security benefits to Illegal Aliens.
I must admit that I was shocked by Brownbacks and Lugars votes.
-- Brownback is also responsible for importing thousands of African muslim tribesmen and dumping them in Maine, SC, Virginia and California to live on welfare - after making sure they would never be put in his homestate of Kansas. FYI Rino alert.
He'll be in the corner with Rudy, John and Mitt trying to explain to Duncan Hunter why another forty million nonenglish speaking illiterates is a good idea for America.
My mistake. The correct position, which the ACU supports is to oppose the Kennedy-Clinton-Chafee-McTreason act.
Duncan Hunter does it a lot better.
I don't know much about Duncan Hunter.
I am not surprised by Lugar as he is very, very liberal. He is pushing the UN Sea treaty that Reagan refused to support. He also sponsored a bill to guard the perimeter of North America by moving the obrder to the southern part of Mexico.
I don't know that much about Brownback except I do remember him voting for the comprehensive immigration reform bill.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2007
Contact: Rob Wasinger
Brownback Enlists Key Iowa Conservative Leader
Noted pro-life activist offers support
DES MOINES, Ia. - U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today announced that he has enlisted the support of Kim Lehman, President and Executive Director of Iowa Right to Life, for his upcoming Iowans for Brownback Leadership Committee.
"For those who care about protecting the unborn and supporting the right to life, Senator Brownback is the clear choice," said Lehman. "While other candidates are in the process of defining and refining their position at the
start of this campaign, Senator Brownback has been principled, consistent, and unwavering in his support for the right to life."
Senator Brownback expressed his appreciation for the early support, saying, "I am gratified to have the support of Kim Lehman, as her support in Iowa will be essential for success in 2008. I am proudly and unequivocally pro-life, and I look forward to optimistically and compassionately articulating the pro-life position in this upcoming campaign."
Since 2000, Lehman has been Iowa Right to Life's Executive Director and chief lobbyist. She was the State Director for Concerned Women for America before her taking her current position at Iowa Right to Life.
Lehman continued, "Senator Brownback has also been a tremendous advocate for a judiciary that respects the law and does not legislate from the bench. Further, he has plainly stated his opposition to the tragic Roe v. Wade
decision, which legalized abortion for all nine months of pregnancy. I look forward to working with Iowans from all 99 counties to enlist support for Senator Brownback and his quest for the Republican nomination."
Support from the pro-life community in Iowa will be critical in the 2008 Republican caucus. An August 2006 poll reported by the Des Moines Register of likely GOP caucus-goers found that while a large majority are pro-life (70 percent), nearly half (46 percent) said the issue of abortion will be a key determining factor in whom they decide to support.
I'm willing to listen to Duncan Hunter. At this point, though, I know absolutely nothing about him.
He's got to start doing some name recognition work if he expects to have a prayer of a chance.
Life is the most critical issue in any election.
Without the Right to Life no other right is important. Dead people don't vote.
Thank you. This takes care of brownback for me.
Brownback is most definitely NOT a RINO. He is far and away more conservative than McCain, Guiliani, or Romney. Do more research.
I will definitely vote for someone like him over either Rudi or McCain in the primaries.
Where does he stand on civil unions? I shouldn't have to ask in that he says he defines marriage as one man, one woman. But the word games being what they are -- where does he stand on civil unions or whatever else one might choose to call gay marriage? How about gay adoption? ENDA?
Apart from that concern I would be open to looking more closely at Sen. Brownback.
I'm willing to look at all the candidates. There has not been a good track record for candidates out of the senate. I asked the question on FR not too long ago about the last (republican?) president to come from the Senate. I think someone said Coolidge, but I don't really remember. It was long ago.
Lord knows that Dole was a huge mistake and a huge disaster. (Perot was the real mistake.)
What a colossal waste of money if this guy decides to run for president. Romney, McCain, Hagel, Rudy(except for the WOT)are all Rinos. If a true conservative gets into the race he will have our side of the Republican party all to himself.
I don't know Duncan Hunter that well either, just that he supports the effort in Iraq and gets an A on the subject of illegal immigration. That's a pretty good start.
He was a cosponsor of the legislation
click on cosponsors, he is 1 of 6
Is there not one conservative giant amongst us??? Perhaps with some glue and duct tape...
I hope that events fall out that will make that choice clear for us all, be it Hunter, Brownback, Gingrich, etc.
You are right - he is worse than a RINO. A Rino will give away your retirement to illegal aliens - Brownback will also give away your town to African Osamas who will be living off your taxes via welfare. Brownback knew this was a disaster - that's why he made sure none of the Muslims ended up in Kansas. He is a hypocrite.
To get my vote in the general election, Rudi will have to declare a change in his postion to a minimum: pro-life except rape, incest, life of mother.
If he doesn't he'll not get my vote in the primary or general. McCain automatically doesn't get my vote for crimes against conservatives, freedom, and common sense.
The best idea guy and the best in front of a camera is Newt. He comes with a lot of personal baggage over what could be viewed as a cruel divorce.
I'm open to any others. But, you are right. Conservatives need to settle on one candidate so they don't disperse their votes all over the map. If no one wins the primaries, then a brokered convention won't help: it'll go to McCain.
Thanks for the post. For some reason I thought the comprehensive immigration bill was the McCain/kennedy bill. So Brownback is right up there with them.
Title: A bill to provide for comprehensive immigration reform and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Specter, Arlen [PA] (introduced 4/7/2006) Cosponsors (6)
Related Bills: H.R.4437, S.2454, S.2612
Latest Major Action: 5/25/2006 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Passed Senate with amendments by Yea-Nay Vote. 62 - 36. Record Vote Number: 157.
Hey, There are some areas Sam is good. From his own site, he supports amnesty and other programs in that area.