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Brownback near decision on 2008 presidential bid

November 21, 2006

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— Sen. Sam Brownback, who is considering a White House bid in 2008, said Monday the Republican field has room for a "full-scale Ronald Reagan conservative" and pledged to make a final decision next month.

The Kansas senator said he was not discouraged from running by the Democrats' strong gains in this month's midterm elections, including assuming majority control of the House and Senate.

"It does not make it less likely," he said in an interview. "I really believe that the basic conservative ideas and ideals were not repudiated. Our execution was."

Name recognition poses a more daunting challenge for Brownback. Arizona Sen. John McCain and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani have set up presidential exploratory committees. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., also are weighing bids.

"I think there's room for a full-scale Ronald Reagan conservative in the field," Brownback said. "I fully agree that other people have much higher name identification than I do. No question about that. But I think what you have to look at is the policy positions they get out once you have an effective campaign."

Brownback, who was elected in 1996, is a forceful foe of abortion and embryonic stem-cell research. He also has taken a prominent role in the fight against genocide in Sudan's Darfur region.

Brownback has made several trips to Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan and other states that have early presidential nominating contests. While national polls show McCain and Giuliani running strong, similar polls have shown Brownback in the low single digits.

He dismisses the early surveys.

"Where are my positions and others versus the base of the party?" he asked. "I think that is really the key thing to look at, particularly at this point in time where you haven't even had a campaign and all of that polling is based on name ID."

Comments

bearded_gnome 8 years, 1 month ago

it is a physical impossibility for Brownback to gain the nomination. most of us in the conservative base of the republican party know his votes regarding illegal immigration in the senate. he cannot be nominated because we are still very angry with him and some other weak minded senators.


now, time to repeal the 17th amendment and return the selection of senators to the original method, freeing them from the need to raise campaign moneys. so that some one like Brownback wouldn't sell out to the big ag interests and sell out our national security.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 1 month ago

hey ljr, it already IS! [sending it here] "dork" you're being so kind to Brownback. I have better names.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 1 month ago

from the above blog, well said: " Posted by: Adam Graham [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 21, 2006 08:22 AM

Brownback did more than "vote" for the Amnesty Bill in the Senate, he is Mr. Open Borders with a track record to boot.

His rating on illegal immigration is "D", as in Dead on Arrival: http://grades.betterimmigration.com/testgrades.php3?District=KS&VIPID=317

That's not the only issue but it is an important one and he is too far out on the extreme open borders wing for me to do anything but actively oppose him. We don't need another Republican who acts like a liberal Democrat on border security in the White House. " !

the blogger 75x55 cites is too easy on Brownback RE imigration.

not_dolph 8 years, 1 month ago

he will file exploratory papers, he will campaign, he will not get the GOP primary nod, but look for him to settle into a #2 capacity somewhere...

justthefacts 8 years, 1 month ago

I shall depart from my normal contribution of "just the facts" to say that Mr. Brownback is in my opinion one of the most hypocritical politicians to ever hold office. Anyone tracking the differences between what he publicly says and what he actually does (or won't do) would find that he rarely is consistent or honest. And before the reader think I'm just another wacko, I will add that in other instances I'm someone who'd favor and vote for a candidate with Mr. Brownback's claimed platform. He's shown me time and time again that he cannot be trusted with power.

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