Brownback is seeking to differentiate himself from his White House rivals.
(CNN) – Sen. Sam Brownback says the next president “shouldn’t have to learn foreign policy on the job.”
The Republican from Kansas and GOP White House hopeful made the comments while campaigning Tuesday in Barrington, New Hampshire.
Brownback also added that the United States must “walk wiser and humbler in the world.”
The comments by Brownback, a three-term senator who served on the Foreign Relations Committee, may be a new line of attack against some of his rivals for the GOP nomination, such as former governors Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. The comments also appear to be a slight against President Bush, the man Brownback hopes to succeed.
Brownback is swimming against the tide of modern electoral history by embracing this argument. Four of the past five presidents entered the White House after serving at least one term as a state governor. The last sitting U.S. senator to be elected president was John F. Kennedy in 1960.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser