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Brownback says Romney focused too much on the economy in failed White House bid

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Visiting Arkansas today, Gov. Sam Brownback said that unsuccessful Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney focused too narrowly on the economy and that the GOP must stick to its opposition to gay marriage and abortion.

His comments were made in Little Rock, Ark., to a reporter for The Associated Press before Brownback spoke to about 500 people gathered for a fundraiser for the Arkansas Republican Party.

"You can't just talk all about economic terms," Brownback said. "You've got to talk about terms to the heart." He said of Romney: "I think he would have been better off talking about the social issues more. (President Barack) Obama talked a lot about social issues. If people don't hear you talking about them, they don't think they're necessarily that important to you."

On abortion, Brownback said: "If you believe this is a life, how do you not fight for a life? If you make that determination that this is a life, this is a sacred life, you have to fight for it or what does that say about what you're willing to allow? Much of it transcends politics."

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yourworstnightmare 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I hope Brownback and the republicans keep attacking abortion, gay rights, and women's rights. This strategy might work in Kansas and a few other states, but nationally it will doom them to defeat and irrelevance.

It stinks for the moderates in Kansas and these other low-population states that are credulous to snake oil salesmen, but nationally this strategy will ensure that the GOP will not hold the presidency.

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bobberboy 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I ask you - what would a failed senator know about it ! The only reason Brownback came back to Kansas is because after a failed attempt at being a senator he figured Kansana would still be stupid enough to elect him as Gov. and he was right !! Burt with less than 50% of the registered voters even voting he actually won the election with around 30 % of the population. Hopefully the people of Kansas will not make this mistake twice !!

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Richard Heckler 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Brownback sat in on these issues as well when in the Beltway....

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many billions and millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

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JayhawkFan1985 9 months, 3 weeks ago

That's like saying the fire department was too focused on the burning house. But since brownbackward has burned down the Kansas economy with his slash and burn austerity and steal from the poor the fatten up the rich, I am not surprised by this colossuly stupid comment.

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StirrrThePot 9 months, 3 weeks ago

"Visiting Arkansas today, Gov. Sam Brownback said that unsuccessful Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney focused too narrowly on the economy and that the GOP must stick to its opposition to gay marriage and abortion."

And I would rather have Romney as our state governor than Brownbackward any day of the week.

"From the land of Kansas, the new Mississippi"

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Liberty275 9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Lefty54 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I hope and pray that it's Rubio and Brownback in 2016. Hillary might win 40 states. It will be a landslide of epic proportions. Run Sam run!!!

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Carol Bowen 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Our governor should spend more time on the economy starting with basic arithmetic.

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boiled 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Obama is just way too smart and he beat Romney. Romney is an idiot. Fundamental transformation is on the table and being received quite well by Americans. Romney was same-ol'-same-ol' boring American stuff. Who needs that?! If you don't think Obama is smart just look at how he't turned things around and gotten America rolling again.

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Richard Heckler 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The once fiscally prudent and socially responsible republican party is now dead. The GOP over the past 30 years was subverted by a right wing party and extreme christian fundamentalists. This overthrow of the GOP required a ton of money as republicans began to become victims of this extreme right wing takeover. Yes a ton of Koch money plus a ton of Walton family money(Wal-Mart) and a ton from the late Jerry Falwell sources of money. Jerry often boasted of this successful subversion.

When this new right wing party begins saying they want to give money back to the taxpayers they are likely not telling the truth. The first question taxpayers should be asking is "What will this cost me in terms of services?" Quite an appropriate question. For one thing the right wing wants to sell off state government to private industry which is risky business. Believe me there will be no money saved. Private industry is all about making generous profits to spend on CEO's,golden parachutes,shareholders,special interest campaign contributions all of which increase our cost of living handsomely year after year.

Does anyone really trust private industry taking over public education? aka privatization? Absolutely not. What this right wing party wants to do is defund state services till they cannot operate then come back and say "taxpayers don't have enough money to continue" = what a lie. Suddenly there are plenty of tax dollars available to private industry. Some governors are trying this reckless approach as we speak = dumb economics.

The answer? Stop voting republican because the big right wing money does not support republicans. This right wing party has no use for democrats or republicans therefore the money goes to right wing thinkers posing as the GOP. Don't vote GOP!!!!

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Lefty54 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The quicker the GOP takes advice from Sam Brownback the quicker it becomes a permanent minority party headed for the dust bin of history. Keep talking Sam, keep listening GOP.

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Garth Atchison 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't think forcing your religious beliefs on the entire country is a successful way to get elected to the presidency. Only a moderate is going to slip into office and even then, the party's extreme is going to make that unlikely--which is why you don't pander to extremists unless they are gullible. They need a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing to get their religious agenda a president's support.

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bearded_gnome 9 months, 3 weeks ago

you all here in Lawrence can complain about Sam and the Kansas legislature all you want but they are in fact representative of the will of the majority of Kansans.

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bearded_gnome 9 months, 3 weeks ago

fewer people voted for Rommney than for McCane. Romney was viewed as yet another moderate, northeastern establishment republican; meaning that the base of the republican party didn't have a lot of investment in him. further, he'd been inconsistent in his mormon values. people wondered if he was truly prolife.

it wasn't a problem voting for a mormon, it was ifhe had been consistent with his values he'd gotten more support.

next time, I hope the establishment republicans learn their lesson.

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kusp8 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I knew what Sam was going to say based off the headline. This is getting too easy.

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Bill Thompson 9 months, 3 weeks ago

King Sam is clueless! While the country is becoming more centric he believes Romney should have veered to the right??? What a fool!

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verity 9 months, 3 weeks ago

LJW and Mazda, your annoying ad continually flashing at the bottom of the screen means I will never consider shopping Mazda. Annoying may get you attention, but attention is not always positive. Too much and I will quit reading your paper and giving you clicks.

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verity 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I seem to recall "It's the economy, stupid" having won the White House a few years ago. And we weren't hurting nearly as badly then as we are now.

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fiddleback 9 months, 3 weeks ago

It's terrifying that this man, who is supposedly the 4th most unpopular governor in the country (http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/08/which-governors-are-most-vulnerable-in-2014/), might still win a second term next year.

Again, we ask ourselves how did Kansas end up with an electorate that would support not just one-party rule, but rule by that party's most extreme fringe, one that boldly flaunts destructively austere and regressive beliefs at every turn. It's hard to fathom that Sebelius was elected our governor a mere 10 years ago...

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/why-are-states-so-red-and-blue/

So is our geography our destiny when it comes to this devolution? As we look at the comparable immoderacy of OK and NE, and the surviving two-party balance in MO and IA, do we conclude that the every-man-for-himself bitterness will inevitably increase the further inland one lives? Our we doomed by our frontier roots? I pray not, and hope that generational turnover will relieve us of this reactionary scourge, but for now it seems amongst the most hopeless political imbalances in the nation.

To me, the only hope is that people like y'all are prepared to register as Republicans to give us a fighting chance of reclaiming this state from Sam next year. The statehouse is likely beyond the reach of restored sanity, but if the governorship can be recaptured by at least a moderate Republican, this devolution can be partially reversed or at least held in check.

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kernal 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Sounds like Brownhack is beginning his bid for the Repug Party Presidential candidate.

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Bob_Keeshan 9 months, 3 weeks ago

KanCare, Brownback's only meaningful "achievement", devalues the lives of disabled Kansans by placing their care in the hands of insurance bureaucrats.

It does so in the name of economic growth.

So lives are only important when they aren't available as a sacrifice to the economy....

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markoo 9 months, 3 weeks ago

"You can't just talk all about economic terms," Brownback said. "You've got to talk about terms to the heart." He said of Romney: "I think he would have been better off talking about the social issues more. (President Barack) Obama talked a lot about social issues. If people don't hear you talking about them, they don't think they're necessarily that important to you."

Said the guy who attempted this and got his butt handed to him in his embarrassing Presidential 2008 bid. How'd that 3G focus work for ya Brownie? The polls demonstrated the primary focus of voters in 2012 was jobs and the economy. God, guns, and gays was somewhere down the totem poll of priorities for people, not to mention of course the majority of Americans now support gay marriage.

But hey, it's great to see you focusing so hard on these things at least in our state. It's really working out so swell for us here. And I'm sure God really loves how you screw over the collective poor, minorities, and the disabled with your awesome policies and tax cuts that primarily benefit the Koch Bros. and the wealthy. God hates all those dang slackers ya know.......

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Ken Lassman 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Please, please, please, GOP: put Brownback in charge of your national campaign strategy so that the Dems can be assured of another round in the White House!

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Michael LoBurgio 9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Robert Rauktis 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Yeah, he should have stuck to non-substantive issues. Arguing the number of angels on the head of a pin or the color of God's dress always diverts the crowd. Since his party screwed the economy, it was hard to convince...even the average American...who can count ... that they were the ones to fix it. Or maybe he needs to start a war so he can finish it. Just make sure to choose the evil enemy wisely. We haven't been exactly kicking butt in away games over the past fifty years.

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somebodynew 9 months, 3 weeks ago

"If you believe this is a life, how do you not fight for a life?

If you believe that, then how do you justify not fighting for that 'life' after it is born. You sit there all high and mighty, yet at the same time you cut and slash all the programs designed to help maintain that 'life' after it is born. It is not the rich the anti-abortion laws effect - they will always have options.

Just part of the reason I have no use for ultra religious types - no matter what religion.

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grimpeur 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Romney was not the inventor of government-mandated health care in this nation or any other. I sincerely doubt he recognized, understood, or cared about the government's compelling interest in the health of its own citizens, but he certainly saw an opportunity to funnel more money to insurance companies and other paper-shuffling non-producers. In that regard, his plan was similar to to today's ACA. If our country would shift from employer-based pools to a national pool, we'd be making progress, but that's a fundamental shift that is unlikely as long as we allow the general welfare of Americans to be subverted by profit motives.

As for items 2 - 4, you're correct.

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Scut Farkus 9 months, 3 weeks ago

His buddy Perry did concentrate on those issues and look where it got him. Trying to force your religious beliefs on others while disregarding the science and medical community, much less the rights of women, is not going to get anyone elected President. The GOP just doesn't get it. Their core base is getting smaller and smaller. So far Christie is the only viable candidate they have and the extreme right hates him. Perry will probably throw his hat into the ring again because God told him to and Jindal still claims the best way to create jobs and grow prosperity is to cut taxes on the rich.

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grimpeur 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Just in case anyone is still wondering what's the matter with Kansas. Exhibit A--our governor.

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always_correct 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Haha... what? Brownback and/or his strategists are dense. Politicians who make statements like this are exactly who the GOP should be -- and signs point that it is -- weeding out. Obama is serving the Presidency up on a plate for the GOP if it just gets rid of its antiquated views on social issues.

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