September 3rd, 2007
04:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Brownback touts foreign policy experience

Sen. Sam Brownback is trying to distinguish himself from the rest of the Republican '08 field in the eyes of conservative voters

CHAPIN, South Carolina (CNN) - Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, in South Carolina for the town of Chapin's annual Labor Day parade, said in an interview with CNN that his foreign policy experience will help him separate him from other Republican candidates vying to win over Christian conservative voters.

Along with Brownback, Republican hopefuls Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and soon-to-be candidate Fred Thompson are all working to position themselves as true conservatives on matters important to so-called "values voters," including the issues of abortion, gay marriage and judicial nominations.

"The pro-life issue [and others], I've carried those issues," said Brownback. But the Kansas senator then went on to explain that his experience on the Senate Foreign Relations committee gives him an edge that other Republicans lack.

"I really think we can do some separation on foreign policy, and that people are much more in tune [with the fact] that the next president needs to have foreign policy experience and not learn it on the job," he said.

Brownback also said that the current frontrunner in the race, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, doesn't have the staying power to win the state's primary in January.

"I think a lot of the mayor's support - he's a wonderful man - but I think it's built on name ID, and I think it's very soft," said Brownback, who added that his stance on issues such as abortion, an optional flat tax, and a three-state political solution in Iraq will resonate with Palmetto State voters.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. don

    what foreign policy experiences.

    just shut up and get out please brownback.

    too arrogant to know that one percent in the polls means you have no chance.

    September 3, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Mary, Beaver, PA

    If Brownback thinks that abortion and gay marriage are two of the most important issues in this campaign, he'll be invading our bedrooms and living rooms next if we have the misfortune to elect him as president. He'd make a better minister than head of state.

    September 4, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Brownback is polling behind McCain. I don't think anyone needs to lose sleep worrying about Brownback as President. I'd vote for Hillary before I'd vote for Brownback and I can't stand Hillary.

    September 4, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |