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Brownback says he intended to switch vote on immigration

June 29, 2007

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How they voted

The Senate voted 46-53 Thursday to block final action on a bill to legalize millions of unlawful immigrants.

On this vote, a "yes" vote was a vote in favor of the bill and a "no" vote was a vote to stop its progress.

Kansas Republican Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts both voted no.

— When voting began Thursday on whether to advance President Bush's immigration bill, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback was among the first lawmakers to vote "yes."

About 10 minutes later, Brownback switched his vote to "no."

But don't bother accusing the Republican presidential hopeful of flip-flopping - he says he did it on purpose.

"I wanted to signal that I support comprehensive immigration reform, but now is not the time, this is not the bill," Brownback said.

Brownback explained that his "yes" vote initially was to "showcase" that reform is needed. The switch to "no" was because he didn't think this was the right way to do it.

Spokesman Brian Hart confirmed that Brownback planned the switch all along, ever mindful that presidential candidates face a tough time explaining vote switches.

"You don't go to the Senate floor to vote 'yes' and then vote 'no' in the John Kerry era unless you mean it," Hart said, referring to the Massachusetts senator and former Democratic presidential nominee.

Kerry was accused of waffling in 2004 after he tried to explain his votes on funding the Iraq war. "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it," Kerry said.

The Bush campaign repeatedly used Kerry's comments in television ads to back its claim that Kerry was a flip-flopper.

Brownback has shifted his position on the bill since last year, when he supported a Senate measure that would give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to become U.S. citizens. Brownback came under heavy criticism from conservatives who adamantly oppose the bill.

Now, Brownback says he favors a comprehensive approach to immigration reform that secures the border, provides interior workplace enforcement and establishes an effective guest worker program.

"I became convinced along with many of my colleagues on the floor that this version of the immigration bill was not, and would not become, the vehicle that would fix our broken system as I had hoped," Brownback said.

Hart denies that Brownback has changed his position on immigration reform, saying the senator was hopeful that the bill last year would be improved in conference committee when Republicans were still in charge of Congress.

Comments

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 6 months ago

Uh, correction needed for your little sidebar, Roberts voted No and Brownback voted both Yes and No. And yes, apparently that is manure I smell, enough that I can smell it coming all the way from Washington, D.C.

KsTwister 7 years, 6 months ago

So how does a Kansas Senator who either switches his votes or doesn't vote at all really working for his Kansas voters??? He is not, he is for Sam and Sam alone. Next election please.

ASBESTOS 7 years, 6 months ago

Well Senator Moonbeam, while you were NOT voting and looking after your constituents, your constituents got wise to your BS. We checked on how often you vote (not often) how often you are actually at the Capitol (not so much).

Now after having your office was FLOODED with mail asking you to vote NO on cloture 3 TIMES, and you ignored them all. You blew off your constituents, even those that voted and supported you in the past.

Yes that is right...IN THE PAST. You blew it Senator "Switchback". You have ZERO credibility and crying about what a good christian you are and opposing gay marriage, and abortion all will get you nothing.

THE LAST THING VOTERS WANT OUT OF THEIR SENATOR IS TO BE IGNORED!

Pack your bags!

Signed a Republican!

Sigmund 7 years, 6 months ago

I thought the whole "I voted for the war, before I voted against the war" played really well for John Kerry in the last election.

temperance 7 years, 6 months ago

Michelle Malkin is (predictably) having a meltdown over this: http://michellemalkin.com/2007/06/28/a-new-attack-ad-meet-senator-switchback/ And gosh, I didn't know that the title of the legislation was the "Illegal Alien Amnesty Act," but thanks to Malkin's website I'm now properly educated.

Seriously, why are conservatives mad? He ultimately voted against the bill. That's what y'all wanted, right?

packrat 7 years, 6 months ago

I hope a viable candidate opposes him in the primary.

mick 7 years, 6 months ago

"Let them by their fruits be known." "Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing."

Eileen Jones 7 years, 6 months ago

OMG, the dumb sheep will not be able to figure this out. They cannot handle this kind of nuance.

It was to easy to label John Kerry a flip flopper for a symbolic protest vote and have it stick.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 6 months ago

How cynical do you have to be to change your vote after it made no difference except for the purposes of deceit and then issue a press release bragging about it? I don't care what party you're in, do you really want a liar representing you?

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 6 months ago

The biggest problem is that he'll probably be replaced by Governor Roundheels, giving Missouri one more vote in the Senate, and replacing a Republican embarrassment with a "Democratic" one.

This is just sickening. Can we hold the election tomorrow?

ASBESTOS 7 years, 6 months ago

"Let them by their fruits be known."

Let them hang from their fruits!

eesti006 7 years, 6 months ago

I find it rather ironic that Senator Brownback accuses Romney of flip flopping on issues and yet Brownback is the biggest hypocrite of all the Republicans in the presidential race. His change on Immigration( mentioned above) is just one of numerous examples of his flip flopping campaign.

Brownback is a hypocrite who claims to be pro marriage and then "flip flops" on the issue by sponsoring a law creating a brute blockade regulating (preventing) marriages between Americans and foreigners by requiring three different background clearances at various stages of a relationship. Senator Brownback claims to be pro marriage but has changed his stance on abortion. In 1997 when he first ran for Senator he was very queasy and quiet on the abortion issue (suggesting a neutral stance) according to the Kansas City Star. Shortly after being elected as a Senator for Kansas he "flip flopped" his stance on abortion to his current stance which is adamantly against abortion. (Of course this issue would have been forgotten had Brownback not run for President).

Senator Brownback as president would be a disaster. He took an oath to defend the constitution of the United States and then renigned on his oath by sponsoring the most undemocratic and un American law in the history of the USA: The International Romance Regulation Act a law that regulates marriage and romance, a legal pursuit. He "flip flops" on immigration, abortion, marriage, religion and other issues.

camper 7 years, 6 months ago

This switch is nothing more than a political maneuver; a PR job to either gain votes or not lose votes. Not very presidential to me. Another warning flag for the undecided.

blackwalnut 7 years, 6 months ago

Brownback tells Fred Phelps he approves of what Phelps is doing. Brownback brags publicly about his sudden revelation that it is wrong to hate Hillary Clinton, because it's wrong to hate.

I guess hating fags doesn't count as hating.

What an embarrassment. Bush shill, too.

perkins 7 years, 6 months ago

Mr. Brownback maried into Topeka Capital-Journal (Stauffer Communications) money. That paper regularly prints huge articles full of lavish praise for the senator. Pay attention, children. Marrying into a publishing empire is one way to achieve most of your political ambitions.

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