September 15th, 2007
05:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Brownback: DUI's big part of my law practice

Senator Sam Brownback, R-Kansas

AMES, Iowa (CNN) - After a stop at a football tailgate party with college Republicans Saturday, presidential candidate Sam Brownback jokingly said to law enforcement officials that driving under the influence charges, or DUI's, translated to a "lot of business" for him.

"I lived in Manhattan, Kansas, and after the (University of Kansas/Kansas State) game there would generally be a lot of DUI's," the Kansas senator said.

"I was a practicing lawyer there, and it's kind of like on Monday morning that's a lot of business," he said laughing.

When asked to elaborate, Brownback told CNN, "I was just reflecting that when you get these big in-state rivalries a lot of people drink too much alcohol, and then there's a lot of DUI's."

Brownback made the comments in Ames, Iowa, before the University of Iowa/Iowa State football game. He stopped to speak to the Iowa College Republican Federation's tailgate party.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Race to '08 • Sam Brownback
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Allen, Redlands CA

    So, Mr. "I'm-more-Christian-than-you" profited off drunk drivers? He laughed about it bringing in a lot of business? You'd think that this self proclaimed SuperChristian would have actually acted Christlike and maybe offered some of these people a ride home instead of letting them drive drunk. I wonder how many people were killed by these drunk drivers because he was satisfied to just sit back and let the "business" roll in on Monday morning? Brownback is a joke.

    September 15, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. don

    more like brownfro. check out that picture

    September 15, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Joe, Quincy, IL

    Brown's comments make me sick. Good ol' boy....he's a "born-again" Christian....can't you tell?

    September 15, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. alan St Louis Mo

    Man I have a headack and lost some IQ reading about this bone head republican.

    September 15, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Some folks drink too much. Others don't think enough.

    September 15, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Iowan, Des Moines, Iowa

    That's really kind of disgusting considering at least four individuals who were at that game were killed on their way home. There's no word yet if alcohol played a factor, but it's still a rather poor thing to laugh about.

    September 16, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  7. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Very telling that he considers DUI a rainmaker.Does he have any other wonderful insights into his mental retardation?

    September 16, 2007 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  8. Fredrick, East St. Louis, IL

    Mr. Brownback just got my vote. Anything that ticks off Democrats this much MUST be a good thing (Note: I've voted 3rd party the last 2 elections...NOT a Republican).

    September 16, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Tim, Cincinnati, OH

    Stupid people in East St. Louis tick me off.

    September 16, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Jenn

    Actually Sam Brownback is not a "born-again" Christian, he is a Catholic.Sam needs to realize that his holier than thou approach has people running from him in droves. No way this guy would ever be President.

    Sam needs to quit the race and let the real candidates take over...

    September 16, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Dale Fitzpatrick, Hamilton, MA

    Social conservative presidential candidates – A Comparison of prior professions:

    Brownback, as a lawyer, profited off alcohol abuse,

    Mike Huckabee, as a pastor, counseled families who were devastated by alcohol abuse.

    It's time for the senator to hang it up.

    September 16, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    If I were a republican, I'd be driven to drink.
    If one were gay and a republican, you might be driven to the closet or the restroom stalls.
    Being repressed and fighting progressivism in human rights, in envionmental affairs, even in just plain old modern science and knowledge, is not healthy.

    September 16, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Lee Scott Virginia Beach VA

    Why is this news? So what!!

    September 16, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |


    September 16, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Let us not be totally silly in our comments. Every lawyer profits from crime, either by prosecuting or defending. My lawyer profited from my recent crime (running a red light), and lawyers have probably profited from your crimes too.

    Alcohol addicts cause more deaths than anyone but tobacco addicts. Many more people die from the demon drink than from terrorism. If we spent a trillion or so dollars on the causes of death listed below, there would be a lot fewer of them. We would save a lot on lawyers too.

    Tobacco 435,000
    Alcohol Consumption 85,000
    Prescription Drugs 32,000
    Non-prescription Drugs 7,600
    Poor Diet/No Exercise 365,000
    Sexual Behaviors 20,000
    Poison/Toxic Agents 55,000
    Gun-related incidents 29,000
    Traffic Accidents 26,347
    Infection 75,000
    Suicide 30,622
    Homicide 20,308
    Non-RX Marijuana 0
    Other Illegal Drugs 17,000

    September 17, 2007 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  16. Dan Christensen, Council Bluffs, IA

    I find it abhorrent that any presidential candidate would take glory from the fact that they profited from one of the greatest social ills of our current society. As president I am sure that this candidate would try to figure out a way to profit from other ills and misfortunes that seem to be a part of our world experience. Maybe he should have stayed in KS "chasing ambulances" instead of putting his nauseating views on record for the world to see!

    September 17, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Ben, Providence RI

    DUIs also brought a lot of pain and sadness to the people whose loved ones were killed in those types of accidents. You look one of them in the eye before you say something like that, Sam Brownback.

    September 18, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |