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Brownback ‘praying’ on presidential bid decision

November 27, 2006

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— Republican Sen. Sam Brownback said Sunday he has poured thought and prayer into a forthcoming decision whether to seek the presidency in 2008.

"We're very close with announcements. My wife (Mary) and I and our family have spent a lot of time thinking about this, praying about it and really considering whether we could bring a message to the country that needs to be discussed," the Kansas senator said.

"I think there is room, on the Republican side, for somebody that's a full-scale conservative, that's an economic and fiscal and social conservative."

Brownback recently told The Associated Press he would make the decision in December.

If Brownback, who was elected in 1996, makes a bid for the White House, he could face better-known challengers such as Arizona Sen. John McCain and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who have set up presidential exploratory committees. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., also may run.

Brownback, speaking on ABC's "This Week," said there was both room and a need among Republicans "to develop some new plays, particularly on the compassionate conservative agenda."

Moderator George Stephanopoulos told Brownback his expression left little doubt about his intentions.

"I can tell from that smile that you're in," Stephanopoulos said. "That's not very coy at all."

Responded Brownback: "We'll see."

Comments

Lifesupport 7 years, 4 months ago

Don't criticize the man for praying and show your displeasure respectfully if that is how you feel.

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plumberscrack 7 years, 4 months ago

Let's hope he runs to get him out of the Senate and KANSAS!

He'll run for president and LOSE but let's hope he pulls a Bob Dole and lives in another state after he loses!

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blackwalnut 7 years, 4 months ago

Brownback is the worst Bush yes-man ever. I wrote him many letters since 2004 and every single response was a blanket parroting of the Bush party line, complete with lies about Saddam and WMD (that letter dated months after David Kay officially announced on behalf of the White House that Saddam had no WMD).

Brownback, however, can be counted upon to stir up hate legislation every time it is politically expedient. Fomenting homophobia is Brownback's "look at me" tactic. Count on him to keep alive the spirit of divisiveness and hatred that has become endemic in the new Republican party.

America has had enough of hatred. We have had enough of phony sanctimonious politicians who boast of their faith and believe God has special plans for them. Enough of presidents who believe their every whim comes directly from God.

Brownback won't get far.

P.S. Google "God's senator" at RollingStone.com for a long interview and article about him. It will give you the creeps. Especially the part about his burning his resume in the middle of the night in the midst of some religious revelation about his future in politics.

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latinlab 7 years, 4 months ago

Powers! Yeah... I just don't get the whole idea here. Obviously the guy won't pull a majority of Larryville citizens to vote for him but neither did Bush and he got reelected. We're a little republic of liberals here. Gotta love it.

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nugget 7 years, 4 months ago

Here's for hoping he runs so we can get him out of the Senate. He stands as good a chance of winning as Phill Kline or Bob Corkins do of regaining their old jobs.

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50YearResident 7 years, 4 months ago

If Brownback had been up for re-election like Ryan he would be out of a job come Jan 1st. It's hard to run for president when you are a has been.

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Jackalope 7 years, 4 months ago

So Brownback may be looking else where? Lawrence is not his cup of tea? Sometimes, just sometimes, a person will find what they want in the most unexpected places. Brownback should consider the Lawrence city commission as a retirement post. Apparently being a benevolent despot is just the thing in local government.

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latinlab 7 years, 4 months ago

Does anyone realize that this is the LJWorld? Meaning: non-republican readers? So why don't we start thinking about all the little towns in Texas, Oklahoma, Western Kansas, etc, etc, that ARE going to vote for a hardcore Christian. Lawrence is a little republic inside Kansas... I think Brownback is looking elsewhere.

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rhd99 7 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, with Brownback, his political hot air has blown pollution producing smoke in the faces of law abiding Kansans & produced WHAT? BIG GOVERNMENT with no results. Bye Bye Brownie!

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Jackalope 7 years, 4 months ago

Nio supporters even for City Commission?

Sorry, my bad.

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Jackalope 7 years, 4 months ago

Lets be the first to start it.....

Brownback for City Commission !!!! Brownback for City Commission !!! Brownback for City Commission !! Brownback for City Commission !

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Jackalope 7 years, 4 months ago

I may be wrong, but I do not think Brownback is a smoker and I am almost certain that he likes to tell people who live hundreds of miles from his home how to live, so he may not be a good candidate for president, but he sure fits the mold for city commission.

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50YearResident 7 years, 4 months ago

If this is an unofficial poll it looks like it is not in your favor to run Sam. No favorable posts here for you.

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rhd99 7 years, 4 months ago

Hey, Brownie, while you're at it, since you & the other extremists in the Senate & House cost the taxpayers BILLIONS of dollars with the STUPID Medicare Prescription Drug plan that does NOTHING but hurt senior citizens, I think WE will revoke your pension & health insurance. What do you think of THAT!? Shove your money & power where the sun doesn't shine, you religious zealot!

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i_tching 7 years, 4 months ago

Romney, Frist, Giuliani, McCain? And now Brownback?

Sounds like one of those "walks into a bar" jokes.

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Jackalope 7 years, 4 months ago

Compassionate agenda?

Every time I hear of a politician wanting to go forward with a "compassionate agenda" it always ultimately turns out that the politician (Republican, Democrat or Independent) is benevolent despot.

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prioress 7 years, 4 months ago

Senator Brownnose: I hope your skygod tells you to quit the Senate and come home to Kansas. You can do less damage here (if you don't run for office again.) Mr. Ryun needs a jogging partner now.
Gag me with a spoon!

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rhd99 7 years, 4 months ago

Hey, Yosemite Sam, take your load of garbage & stuff it. Brownie, you did NOT do a good job on behalf of Kansas. You're one of the main reasons why Kansas continues to be the BUTT of jokes on Late night TV! LOSER!

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craigers 7 years, 4 months ago

It's good that he realizes that he is accountable to God for his actions. Keep praying and do what He tells you Sam!!

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couranna1 7 years, 4 months ago

Sam You have no prayer of winning.

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scenebooster 7 years, 4 months ago

Why does he have to state publicly that he's "praying" on it? Bush does a lot of praying, and it hasn't seemed to help much.

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ksmoderate 7 years, 4 months ago

Run, Sam! That way you'll be out of the Senate earlier than the next time you're up for re-election. You have NO way of even winning the nomination!

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50YearResident 7 years, 4 months ago

Lord to Brownback: "Sorry Sam, I am not backing you on this".

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 4 months ago

Not a good idea Sam.

You are already going to cost big government plenty with your retirement benefits. For someone who dislikes big government how do you explain your continued acceptance of tax dollars with extraordinary medical benefits?

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