Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

Brownback acknowledges slow start

April 5, 2007


— Sen. Sam Brownback said Wednesday he is "a tortoise" in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, starting out slowly and slowly moving up in the polls.

"It is very early in this contest," Brownback said following a speech before the Oklahoma House. "It is a big crowded field."

Brownback, a favorite of social conservatives, said he is "getting some good traction" as he crisscrosses the nation delivering his message in states whose 2008 primaries are considered key to the nomination.

Polls consistently place Brownback of Kansas behind top-tier candidates Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts.

Brownback emphasized both fiscal and religious conservative ideas during a 20-minute address to the state House where he promoted faith-based lifestyles and stronger families.

"The country is a faith-based experiment," he said. "Faith is a good thing. It's not a bad thing. We ought to celebrate it."

He criticized legal attempts to stop religious expression like the singing of hymns at Christmas in public venues.

"Don't use legal fees as blackmail to drive people out of the public square," he said.

Brownback expressed support for the war in Iraq and said that as president he would veto a war spending bill passed by the U.S. House that would require President Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq by Sept. 1, 2008. The president has also promised to veto it.

Brownback said the nation needs a national energy policy that concentrates on wind energy, biofuels and other alternative fuels to make the nation less dependent on foreign fossil fuel sources.

He also said he opposes a windfall profits tax on the oil industry. "If you want less of something, tax it," he said.

Brownback said he wants to restrain federal spending and realign the nation's tax code by adopting an alternative flat tax. Placing four large volumes of Internal Revenue Service tax codes on the podium, Brownback said the code is unintelligible. "It needs to be taken behind a barn and killed with a dull ax," he said.


Ragingbear 10 years, 9 months ago

It makes you wonder if he really believes the drivel he is trying to feed people.

eesti006 10 years, 9 months ago

The article says Senator Brownback emphasized both fiscal and religious conservative ideas. Brownback in fact claims to be the candidate who represents the virtues of conservative values in America. While his conservative supporters weren't looking Senator Brownback has been quietly making backdoor deals with radical feminists (Tahirih Justice Center) and other left leaning groups. Senator Brownback sponsored the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 (IMBRA). Senator Brownback is reponsibile for sponsoring (with liberal Senator Cantwell) the most undemocratic and un american law in the history of this country. IMBRA requires a excessive amount of personal and criminal information to be released to a woman before an American man can use an International Dating Service to comunicate with a lady in a foreign country. Additional background checks are required before the couple can marry in the USA. (Ironicaly not for National Security) Senator Brownback took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. The IMBRA law he sponsored with his radical friends is a violation of Constitutional right of free spech, free association, equal treatment and basic privacy rights. Senator Brownback has foolishly aligned himself radical feminist groups who won't vote for him and fails to underestimate the backlash from mainstream conservatives."

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