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Brownback Won't
Let Up on Romney

A two-minute Web video bashing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for his stance on abortion was the latest sign of the feisty approach being taken in this campaign by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas).

On Capitol Hill, Brownback was known for having the same political profile as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, a Catholic who constantly talked about his faith and strongly opposed gay marriage, abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research, but with a soft voice and a collegial style that Santorum lacked. Brownback won praise from the left and right for his push to end the conflict in Darfur.

But when Romney showed a flash of anger in Sunday's debate, saying "I get tired of people that are holier than thou because they've been pro-life longer than I have," it was targeted at the Kansas Senator. Brownback is trying to use the Ames straw poll to create momentum for his candidacy, and he's looking to court the social conservatives in his party who may be nervous about other candidates, particularly Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Romney has in the past said he backs abortion rights, while Giuliani still does.

Brownback's campaign has used automated phone calls to inform Iowa Republicans that Romney's wife Ann once donated to Planned Parenthood, a group that supports abortion right, and Brownback's blog includes a link to the "Mitt Flop File," where Brownback's staff has compiled alleged position changes by Romney. Brownback has also criticized Tom Tancredo for accepting money from a Michigan man who helped form a Planned Parenthood chapter. And after a supporter of former Arkansas Mike Huckabee questioned Brownback's Catholic faith in an e-mail, Brownback stridently and repeatedly called for a formal apology from Huckabee, who had already distanced himself from the supporter's e-mail.

At the same time, Brownback, while trying to move as far to the right of his opponent's on social issues, is taking more unpredictable views on other subjects. His call for a three-state division of Iraq and increased diplomacy resemble the approach of a Democratic candidate, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.). And his goal of ending deaths by cancer in the next ten years is perhaps the most dramatic goal any candidate from either party in the campaign.

--Perry Bacon Jr.

By Post Editor  |  August 8, 2007; 5:04 PM ET
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Shame on Brownback. Why does he think he can get away with lying?

By trying to position Romney as something that he is not, he is trying to mislead voters.

Brownback is trying to convince voters that Romney doesn't have a pro-life position.

Everyone knows about Romney's earlier positions before realizing he was in the "wrong" and then ACTIVELY TAKING pro-life ACTIONS as an elected governor.

Brownback wants to confuse people into thinking that Romney didn't become an actively PRO-LIFE governor.

Shame on Brownback!!!

Posted by: Brucer1 | August 9, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Ha Ha Ha! I just read the part about Cancer! This guy is hilarious. I think Brownback should invent the internet too. And promise to put Root Beer in all the drinking fountains. Could we have a more out-of touch candidate?

Posted by: brymonson | August 8, 2007 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Sam Brownback is a Neandrathal who needs to crawl back under his rock in the fanatical deep south.
Just the mental image of a phone machine making automated calls to Iowans in the middle of the night, A)reminds me of a Simpsons episode where Homer did the same thing, and
B)Tells me there isn't anyone with a pulse in his campaign office who can make calls.

Its all over Brownback. Just make sure you sweep the floor before you lock-up.

Posted by: brymonson | August 8, 2007 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Incidentally, if anyone went to the National Governors' Association website, states rights is one of the single greatest problems in America today. The basics of it are the Federal Government passes down unfunded mandates and expects the states to pay for it all. Instead of increasing federal income taxes, they are forcing the states to raise their income tax levels to pay for these mandates.

I am with Governor Romney in saying that if a states wants to allow abortions, they should have that right to do so. But, in terms of the federal government passing a mandate that would over-turn current law and expect each state to pay for it is wrong all together. Either we are for the Constitution or we are against it. As President, I believe Governor Romney will act as a Pro-Life President because of his actions as Governor of Massachusetts.

Posted by: ceo1 | August 8, 2007 8:27 PM | Report abuse

It would appear to me that another Washington insider is taking Mr. Romney and pushing non-sense on all of us. It seemed to me that during the coverage of the debate this article references between Governor Romney and Senator Brownback was a desprate attempt to side track all of us who are rooting for Governor Romney.

My wife has known the Mitt and Ann Romney family for nearly 30 years. She has served in their home in Belmont, MA as their housekeeper and has listened in on many a conversation about Governor Romney. She tells me that he has always been personally one who is for life. His issue during his candidacy for Senator is that of States Rights in relation to allowing the States to choose.

I do not agree with Senator Brownback in what he terms as Governor Romney's flip-flop. I see Senator Brownback as a candidate who is not open-minded on issues. He will stay with an issue even when the exception would lead a person to rethink their position. Please understand that exceptions are always a part of issues. Governor Romney found an exception in embryonic cloning and decided to change his view on the issue. If Senator Brownback is absolutely for life in all things as he perported to be without exception, then that means he would take away a persons' right to defend themselves and those they love.

Posted by: ceo1 | August 8, 2007 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Ending death by cancer in the next ten years? What an idiot--what kind of goal is that? Noble? yes. Reasonable? no. Applicable to current events? no. This guys is running for president? Seems to me like he should be worrying about his own campaign instead of attacking Romney's.

Posted by: alexjfoy | August 8, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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