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Brownback: Pro-Choice Giuliani Won't Win

Sam Brownback isn't pulling any punches tonight.


Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas at tonight's GOP debate (AP)

After knocking around former President Bill Clinton, Brownback has now moved on to Rudy Giuliani.

Asked what the key moral issue of the time is, Browback said "life." He expounded considerably: "That's why I don't think we can nominate someone who is not pro-life. It is at our core. It is a party of principles, not a party of personalities. We lose when we walk away from our principles."

To his credit, anchor Wolf Blitzer followed up asking Brownback whether he could support Giuliani if he was the party's nominee in 2008. Brownback clearly was uncomfortable, saying he did not believe Giuliani would win the nomination.

Giuliani was not given a chance to respond.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 5, 2007; 8:45 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Republican Party  
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Posted by: gbmlpvn wzhgt | June 21, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm fairly sure Brownback confused "core" of the Republican party with "talking point being exploited for political gain/survival." This is the kind of inflammatory language that not only alienates moderates and libertarians in the party, but also distracts the party from refining its real, substantive aims and positions.

Posted by: Antigone | June 7, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Sam B. has now picked a running mate.

BROWNBACK / CHRIST '08

Despite Jesus' lack of formal educatio or employment experience, and despite being unschooled on foreign policy, Senator Brownback said today, "Christ really connects with my core consituency, and he will be able to miraculously tamper with ballots in ways never before seen on Earth." His fundraising apparatus is structured so as to designate Martyrs (over $100,000 in bundled contributions), Saints (over $500K) and Angels (over $1 million). All groups are guaranteed entrance into Heaven upon their death, with the latter two groups guaranteed minor worship. In addition, says Brownback, those making a contribution before the filing deadline for the 3rd quarter will be able to fly.

Posted by: hypocrite | June 6, 2007 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I like Brownback, and hope that he really makes a strong fund-raising showing so that he will be able to really compete and have a chance to win this race. If he cannot do that, though, I am likely going with the more moderate McCain. Brownback has positions closer to mine, but I believe McCain to be the only other Republican in this race who doesn't change views based on polls and stands on principles. Principles, for the most part, that I agree with. Brownback, as I see, is the only truly conservative candidate that I see that can win the general election. If Brownback doesn't win the nomination, I hope that when he retires from the senate in 2010 he runs for the vacant governor's spot in Kansas. Then, after some executive experience, he should try again if he succeeds and does good things there.

Posted by: reason | June 6, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I agree 100% with Sen. Sam Brownback. We have to stand for the GOP principles. Better nominate an articulate, succes, and intel Mormon.

Posted by: Joven | June 6, 2007 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado is exposing the racist views of the majority of the GOP concerning making English the Official language and continued reiterating for the second time.

I applaud Sen John McCain when he responded to Rep. Tom Tancredo saying "muchos gracias". It is true that we hispanics have contributed more, even before the early settlers settled here, to the "New World" to the land we proudly live in and known as the Estados Unidos.

It is unsettling for non-caucasian groups to hear an elected official, such as the likes of Rep. Tom Tancredo, to express and entertain racist ideologue. Meanwhile, hearing the reaction of a caucasian majority audience, who are in agreement with Rep. Tom Tancredo's racist belief, sends a message to everyone in the world that the Estados Unidos have a lot of work to do in dealing with racism in America.

Posted by: Jesus H | June 5, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I apologize to Sen. Brownback. I meant to address Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado.

Posted by: Jesus H | June 5, 2007 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Sam Brownback is exposing the racist views of the majority of the GOP concerning making English the Official language and continued reiterating for the second time.

I applaud Sen John McCain when he responded to Sen Sam Brownback saying "muchos gracias". It is true that we hispanics have contributed more, even before the early settlers settled here, to the "New World" to the land we proudly live in and known as the Estados Unidos.

It is unsettling for non-caucasian groups to hear an elected official, such as the likes of Sen. Sam Brownback, to express and entertain racist ideologue. Meanwhile, hearing the reaction of a caucasian majority audience, who are in agreement with Sen. Brownback's racist belief, sends a message to everyone in the world that the Estados Unidos have a lot of work to do in dealing with racism in America.

Posted by: Jesus H | June 5, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

RUDY "TRINUPTIAL CATHOLIC" GIULIANI for president & TOM "PRESBYTERIAN" TANCREDO for vice president...Mr. Lock-'Em-Up & Mr. Ship-'Em-Out!

Posted by: Philip V. Riggio | June 5, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

A conservative Republican simply can't win the general election. Only a social moderate like Rudy has a chance.

Republicans need to go with someone electable.

Posted by: Mookie | June 5, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

The problem that I believe Giuliani faces is that conservatives do not believe that he has conservative values. He made about 85 judicial appointments as mayor and the majority of those appointments were liberal. While he has promised to appoint strict constructionists for the Supreme Court, he has waffled on his interpretation of what a strict constructionist is. That is a Hillary Clinton style of lie: he uses words that he believes will be acceptable, but he substitutes his own meanings to his words to justify his deceit when he later faces scrutiny. The man cannot be trusted!

Posted by: Cdalealden | June 5, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Seems real interesting that McCain started and ended the trend of standing up to answer the questions.

Posted by: Johnny D | June 5, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

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