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No Endorsement Yet, But Brownback Calls Giuliani 'An Excellent Leader'

Brownback and Giuliani at an earlier meet and greet: a Republican debate in June. (AP).

Even in a party generally opposed to abortion rights, Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) is perhaps uniquely outspoken in his concern about the issue, having called abortion a "holocaust" and likened the anti-abortion movement to the fight against slavery.

But after an hour-long meeting in his Senate office with former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Brownback seemed on the verge of backing the only candidate in the Republican race who supports abortion rights. Brownback, who dropped out of the Republican race last week after struggling to raise money or gain in polls, is being courted by several of the remaining candidates who are eager to get the backing of one of the most committed social conservatives in the party.

Giuliani came to Washington for this meeting, and while Brownback didn't endorse the ex-mayor, he praised him as an "excellent leader" and said he was "much more comfortable" with Giuliani's views on abortion and gay rights issues after the meeting. Asked by reporters in a brief press conference after the meeting with Giuliani if he could support a "pro-choice" nominee, Brownback said "I don't know that he described a pro-choice candidate" and then said he wanted to let Giuliani explains his own view. Giuliani reiterated his view that he does not like abortion and would like to live in a country without abortions, but that he did would not push for banning it.

--Perry Bacon Jr.

By Washington Post editors  |  October 25, 2007; 5:36 PM ET
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This is truly laughable. I thought Brownback wanted to run for Governor. Maybe he wants to be on a losing ticket as VP first but I don't understand what that will do for him.

The more Guiliani is pushed to restate his positions on gay rights and abortion the easier it will be to beat him in a national election. Guys like Guiliani don't seem to realize that eventually no one believes you if you have no real moral compass. He won't get the votes of the pro-choice or gay rights constituencies and won't in the long run get those opposed to gay rights and choice.

So Brownback and friends should keep pushing the envelope with Guiliani,that only helps Democrats.

Posted by: peterdc | October 26, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Brownback thinks the earth is flat and Fred and Barney rode to work on Dino's back, so it's not much of a stretch for him to see Giuliani as excellent.

Posted by: ElectricBill | October 26, 2007 7:59 AM | Report abuse

As a liberal democrat, I don't share any views or values with Sam Brownback. But, conservative as he is, I've always thought he is guided by his own set of core values and beliefs. He walks the walk according to his own moral compass, even if I think his compass is wrong.

So, I'm betting that, as a man of beliefs, he is so appalled at the thought that Mitt Romney -- a candidate with no values whatsoever except naked raw ambition -- might win the nomination, that he is willing to consider all sorts of strategies to somehow derail the hollow, valueless, Romney juggernaut.

Posted by: lenstewart | October 26, 2007 6:53 AM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH ..Rudy says............ the rumor of political favors of Brownback's 2010 race as Gov. of Kansas or VEEPEE or politcal posts are lies.....Brouwnback says his attacks on Mitt's convertion does not now make him a hypocrite.Brownback also says Rudy is a nice person.....PROLIFERS smell fish

Posted by: chuckthetruck | October 26, 2007 12:16 AM | Report abuse

After the last seven years and they think I should vote for another Republican? Ain't no f**king way I'll ever vote for a Republican EVER again!

Posted by: camera_eye_1 | October 25, 2007 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Interesting development. Brownback is respected by the pro-life community. Will his endorsement help heal the rift between "values voter republicans" and "law and order republicans?"

Lets hope so. The fusion of these 2 single-issue factions will give the democratic nominee (Obama) an easy target in the general election.

I am starting to understand Obama positioning himself as a pragmatic centrist. From the center he can snipe at both poles of the shrinking republican coalition- the religious fanatics and the millitary hawks. Guiliani will represent the worst of both camps and will have to rely only on his Italian charm. Obama's increasing charisma will match up well against Rudy.

Nominate Hillary and Clinton-fatigue will put the neo-religio-cons in office.

Guiliani- think of Cheney on steroids.

Posted by: kolp999 | October 25, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh I hope not! I will not vote for Rudy under any circumstances. I think he would be wasting his endorsement. I pray he endorses Huckabee.

Posted by: branam1 | October 25, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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