Brownback says he's "nowhere near" ready to make an endorsement.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Pro-choice Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will ask for the endorsement of former presidential candidate Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, a fierce opponent of abortion, when the two meet later Thursday in Brownback’s Senate office.
Winning Brownback’s endorsement would be a boost to Giuliani’s efforts to court conservative voters but Brownback told CNN Thursday unless he can “influence” Giuliani’s “position to be pro-life” he’s not likely to back the former mayor.
“It would be really tough for me because I think that’ just the central issue of our time,” Brownback said.
Brownback said Giuliani’s “good on judges which is probably going to be the central life issue in the next administration” and suggested he liked his position on fiscal policy and the war on terrorism.
But “life is central, I mean we’ve got to get that right,” Brownback said.
Brownback has met or spoken with other GOP presidential candidates but hasn’t decided who he will endorse or when he might do it.
“I’m nowhere near making a decision,” he said.
Brownback formally announced his candidacy for president at the beginning of the year but dropped out of the race for the White House last week, citing a lack of fundraising. Brownback was in the low single digits in most national polls of Republican voters.
– CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett