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Brownback, Obama to get HIV test for campaign

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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][1][(ABC News) Sens. Obama, Brownback to Get HIV Tests:][2] Another sign of the new Washington: bipartisan HIV testing. At a World AIDS Day conference in California next month, two potential 2008 presidential rivals Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan. will each take an HIV test and encourage others to do the same. To reduce stigma around the test and publicize its value, "I'm happy to offer my body for science," Brownback said in a telephone interview Friday. "People need to get the test," he added. Obama press secretary Tommy Vietor said, "If two United States senators can do it, then everyone else can too."[(McClatchy) New faces, same debate on `amnesty':][3] Still, when Gallup last month asked U.S. adults about "top priorities for the president and Congress to deal with," they ranked immigration third, behind Iraq and the economy. "I don't think we did ourselves any favors when we engaged the public in a major topic and didn't pass the legislation to deal with it," said Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican who backed the Kennedy-McCain plan.Rep.-elect Nancy Boyda (D)![][4][(Topeka Capital-Journal) Ryun dissects election defeat:][5] Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., blamed his re-election defeat Thursday on a range of influences, including overconfident campaign volunteers, news reports that questioned his honesty and distortion of his voting record by Democrat Nancy Boyda. Ryun, a five-term Republican incumbent beaten by Boyda on Nov. 7, said in his first detailed explanation of the loss that another important factor was voter disappointment with the Iraq war. Ryun is closely aligned with President Bush's policy on the conflict. There was a convergence of forces the day of the election, Ryun said, that overshadowed a decade of work on behalf of residents of the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Topeka and runs from the Nebraska to Oklahoma borders. [1]: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/thumb/c/c8/Sam_Brownback.jpg/150px-Sam_Brownback.jpg [2]: http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2663006 [3]: http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/nation/16058238.htm [4]: http://www.actblue.com/images/entities/9536.gif [5]: http://www.cjonline.com/stories/111706/kan_ryun.shtml

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Confrontation 8 years, 1 month ago

"I'm happy to offer my body for science," Brownback said

Just think of all the mice we could save!

Centrist 8 years, 1 month ago

That's right, Jim Ryun ... it was a "convergence of forces" on Election Day.

Or .... maybe just maybe, it was because your opponent got more votes.

Is it any wonder that politicians have no clue?

Steve Jacob 8 years, 1 month ago

50/50 Ryan wins in 2008 if he runs again. Unless we are still in Iraq.

MyName 8 years, 1 month ago

I'm happy to offer my body for science," Brownback said

Just think of all the mice we could save!

And there are some things, even mice won't do!

pelliott 8 years ago

Why even print Ryans whining? He was such a do nothing. Story after story about when he was approached, his responses were either a form letter inappropriate to the question or an impotent denial of the problem. When approached about a vets family being bankrupted by red tape and no checks. He explained we had to support the troops and Bush. He had a little circle of christians he was ready to help, not a big circle. God help you if you prayed differently than him. Poor representation was why he lost.

Curious 8 years ago

Okay. I'm confused. I was in Kenya recently and my hosts were so pleased because Obama had come to visit his "ancestral country" and while there had done a lot of good by having a test for HIV/AIDS.

I guess one can get AIDS in the couple months between tests. Or, since it does not always show up on the tests for up to six months and more after infection, retesting is required if one is "not careful."

Was the first test a fake? Why is he getting tested again and not saying he was tested while he was in Africa recently? Or, I bet I missed the entire thing because I was out of the country. I am sure it was reported here. Sorry. My mistake?

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