October 18th, 2007
11:22 AM ET
11 years ago

Report: Brownback dropping White House bid

Brownback will make a 'major announcement,' CNN has learned.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Sam Brownback, dogged by low poll numbers and a poor fundraising showing last quarter, has decided to abandon his bid for the White House, people close to the senator tell the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, a campaign source tells CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King that all scheduling has been put on hold pending a "major announcement" from the Kansas Republican.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Jim, Atlanta

    What will the 300 Brownback supporters do now?

    October 18, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He seemed like a nice guy. I have to say that I think he was the one to have taken Biden's Iraq idea as his own during one debate. In a more recent debate, he mentioned that this idea was going to be co-sponsored with Biden in the Senate. That might have hurt him with some voters who knew he was running.

    October 18, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. KP, Virginia

    It's about time... hopefully Hunter and Tancredo will soon be following in his footsteps.

    October 18, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Phil, Tacoma

    Maybe they'll join the 150 Hunter supporters.

    October 18, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Raulin, Mechanicsville VA

    Who cares, one less " White Men Only "in the exclusive Party

    October 18, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. TC Plainfield, IL

    By entering the race, Stephen Colbert has broken the back of Sam Brownback's campaign. It's obvious, isnt it?

    October 18, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Mike, Palo Alto, CA

    This makes one less right wing extremist in the race who would impose his personal religious values by law on an entire nation. All the others of his ilk should do the same.

    October 18, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |


    October 18, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Pete - Fairfax, VA

    Good. I hope he drops out. He is a phony.

    He supported amnesty for illegal immigrants by voting for S.1348 but then claimed he didn't support amnesty.

    He also tried to attack Tom Tancredo on abortion even though Tancredo has been vocally anti-abortion for over 30 years. Brownback tried to make it sound like Tancredo supported Planned Parenthood because one of his donors who runs an anti illegal immigration group also had ties to planned parenthood. It was a dirty trick by Brownback and was very disingenuous.

    Good riddance Brownback.

    October 18, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. josh

    Thank you Mr. Brownback for trying, but we need you in the Senate.

    October 18, 2007 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Adam, Pittsburgh

    Makes sense. It was either him or Huckabee that was going to stake out the underdog conservative role, and Huckabee clearly had broader support and a better personality (such a great personality, in fact, that I like him despite the fact that his views terrify the crap out of me).

    Here's hoping he endorses Huckabee, who seems to be the only genuinely likable dude in the GOP field. (Paul's war views are likable, but that's about it for me.)

    October 18, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. brian

    hopefully Brownback will get a clue and throw his support behind a true conservative.. That mans name is RON PAUL.. The only candidate that puts The U.S. Constitution first! the only candidate for eliminating the federal reserve. the only candidate for eliminating direct taxation on income, the only candidate for eliminating the IRS!. Ron Paul is deserving of your consideration and donation! EVEN GREENSPAN IS AGREEING WITH RON PAUL NOW ON WHY WE NEED A FEDERAL RESERVE go to ronpaul2008.com LIBERTY FREEDOM AND PEACE. THIS IS THE MESSAGE from Ron Paul! p.s. HAWK this is not a democracy we are a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC. democracy is where 2 wolves and a lamb vote for what to have for lunch..a republic is where the lamb shows up well armed and changes the menu!

    October 18, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. PollM, Dallas Tx

    Sam Brownback to Drop out of 2008 Presidential Race.

    His issues and policies are out of touch, this will happen to all the hawks. No one is interested.

    Who do you believe will be the next Republican candidate to drop out of the 2008 presidential race?

    --> http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=738


    October 18, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Devon, Hollywood CA

    Isn't it ironic when someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger (Gov. CA) is our only current political centrist? Where did they all go?

    October 18, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. David, Gilbert Arizona

    aaahh...I guess intelligent design won't be a program pushed by a zealot president after all. We've already seen what an ultra-religious president can do for the country and it wasn't pretty. It was pretty evident by Brownback's poll numbers that the voters don't wish for more of the same.

    Turn out the lights the party's over...

    October 18, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Mark, Kansas City, Kansas

    I contributed to his campaign..when do I get my money back?

    October 18, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Karen, Orlando

    Good riddance Brownie,
    now go home and try to convince people that evolution doesn't exist.

    October 18, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Ryan, Denver, CO

    Good riddance. This guy is quite literally crazy.

    October 18, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Hopefully he learn something valuable about this experience, you can't have a religious agenda and expect ALL americans to go along with it, we are too diverse of people for that. hopefully the candidate that speaks to the bigger audience will prevail, we need someone that can unite us as a country, not a phony "uniter" like pres. Bush claims to be, but one that understands what America must do to continue our sucess and pursue of the American dream.

    Thank you for playing Sen. Browback.

    October 18, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Davis, NJ

    Alright, so Hillary appears on Letterman a few weeks ago and was not a disaster and that makes it to the ticker. OBAMA appears on Jay Leno and it's like it NEVER EVEN HAPPENED. Not even appearing in regular new (cnn.com front page) let alone the ticker.
    CNN – please be fair. You might want Clinton to be the nominee but this is way too blatant – the BIAS is astounding. We see it in your headlines everyday.It as clear as day!!

    October 18, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Demetrius,Phoenix Arizona

    Yawn. Make that 2 yawns. Yanni is more exciting than this guy, and Homer Simpson has more common sense. Nothing this guy says would constitute a "major announcement"...just look at how little the man has accomplished while occupying space in the U.S. Senate. He's one of the principal reasons Congress receives such low approval ratings from the American people. Come on, Kansas, vote this guy out of office the next chance you get (there HAS to be a more qualified Republican to run against him in the next primary).

    October 18, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. Chris, FL

    I encourage all supporters of Brownback to support Ron Paul. We will welcome you and not ridicule you as the others here seem to do.

    October 18, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Alicia, Sacramento, CA

    Thank God. And I mean it. People like Brownback make Christianity look bad, as does this President. Now if all the other false Christians and anti-American Republicans would just get a clue and drop out, maybe this country could once again be a Democracy instead of a ultra-right wing dictatorship.

    October 18, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Doug, New Jersey

    "Who cares, one less " White Men Only "in the exclusive Party"

    Nah, no racism in this comment. If you were a minority, would you want you and your family subjected to the worst racism in America today just for being a republican?

    If you need to see what liberal democrats say about minorities who dare not to march to liberalism, google the words "house negro" and Harry Belefonte.

    Or you could always get a nice insight into how liberal democrats feel about race by going to Youtube and searching for Robert Byrd's appearence on Fox back in 2000.

    October 18, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Larry.

    Hawk, you are a freaking moron.

    October 18, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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