Friday, May 4, 2007

How did Brownback fare in the GOP debate?

One way to gauge a candidate's impact at a debate like the Republican presidential debate Thursday night is to see how many of their words made it into major news stories from outlets such as the Associated Press, USA Today, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

On this front, Sen. Sam Brownback did better than many in the crowded GOP field. The Kansan, who trails several candidates in polls and fundraising, was largely in the shadows in most national wire stories last night. But a Republican political consultant with Politico.com, which sponsored the debate, wrote that Brownback "had a particularly strong night. He talked with passion and elegance about the social issues that are the backbone of his candidacy." Brownback also picked up some quick hits in an Associated Press story where he raised his hand to show he doesn't believe in evolution and when he said the day the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade would be a "glorious day of human liberty and freedom." McClatchy's Washington Bureau quoted Brownback when he said he could support a more liberal GOP candidate. "Somebody who is with you 80 percent of the time is not your enemy," Brownback said, citing Ronald Reagan's philosophy.

Based on his comments to the Christian Science Monitor last week, he probably won't worry about the coverage too much. When the newspaper asked him about debates, he said: "I think it's important to get candidates side by side. I don't think you make the candidacy or lose it over a debate or two, [but] I think they're very helpful to have."

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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think we have another nut-case in our government, such as Phil Kline.

Anonymous said...

Brownback really has no chance, but could conceivably emerge as a vice presidential prospect, particularly giving someone like Rudy Giuliani some cover with social conservatives if he should be the nominee.

Anonymous said...

I won't vote for Brownback but Rudy, well now he is worth taking a look at.

Tom Refrain said...

I will vote for Brownback. He said the great things.
Phil Cline also would make a great president.
I hope both are up there in the running and win the elections!
Those who attempt to smear and insult these great men are not proving anything. Either say good things or be silent.

Anonymous said...

Then let the SILENCE BE DEAFENING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

malcom said...

Brownback is no nutcase. He is a very dangerous man. With the charisma and likability to win, not this year but maybe in 4. But he is no conservative, he is a dangerous fascist.

sman said...

Brownback most likely thought he was raising his hand to go to the rest room!

Anonymous said...

too bad his wife looks so drug addled. she needs to focus a bit...

Silas said...

Brownback is just another "open borders" sellout to the Mexican government. If 60 million illegals want to come into the US to work, that's just fine with him; he won't take any action to keep it from happening. His motto should be, "To heck with the middle class". This man has no right being dog catcher, let alone a senator or presidential candidate.

Anonymous said...

How appalling that Brownback raised his hand that he didnt believe in evolution! On the other hand, it's good news that Browback probably just eliminated himself as a serious contender by that action. He will soon find out that the rest of the nation isn't as idiotic as Kansas Republicans have shown themselves to be over the last few years.

Mousie Cat said...

I wouldn't be so sure the anti-evolution stance knocks Brownback out of the race. Most Americans don't "believe in" evolution, either. Unfortunately, the USA is the #2 most scientifically illiterate nation in the developed world. Turkey beat us out for #1.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Turkey a third-world country? Makes me wonder just how far behind we are as far as science and religion. Is that because of our government and who we elect? Just a little sarcasim there, or was it?

David W. Lowe said...

According to all the polls, RON PAUL won this debate.

Since when does not believing in evolution automatically discount someone from being considered for president?

Macro-evolution, as an explanation for the genesis of the cosmos and humanity, is the greatest hoax of all time. It is a fairy tale for adults who refuse to acknowledge that there is a supreme authority of the universe to whom they must submit.

At least look into Ron Paul's plan for presidency. You'll be pleasantly surprised if you are tired of the status quo in D.C.

Dave

Anonymous said...

I agree that Brownback is dangerous. If you think we went off in the wrong direction with Bush - just wait till you see what Brownback will do. He not only wants to stop ALL abortions (to hell with the circumstances of the impregnation), but he also does not support birth control and pushes abstainance. He would be a better preacher than a President of the United States.

Dubya said...

"It is a fairy tale for adults who refuse to acknowledge that there is a supreme authority of the universe to whom they must submit."

In your opinion.

I'm sure you are of the opinion the Earth is only 6,000 years old too and that your supreme authority simply stuffed 65 million year old fossils in the dirt to "test our wills".

Dubya
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