October 16th, 2007
07:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Brownback unable to break $1 million mark

Brownback failed to break the $1 million mark in fundraising last quarter.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, reported raising about $926,000 for his presidential campaign in the third quarter, and gave no indication Monday he would abandon his White House bid despite the lackluster haul.

Instead, the Brownback campaign noted that the Kansas senator is eligible to receive "at least $2.1 million in federal matching funds," and emphasized that the campaign is carrying no debt.

"With a crowded field and an entire month during which Senator Brownback campaigned in Iowa without holding fundraising events, we are pleased with the level of support for Senator Brownback's message," John Rankin, the senator's campaign spokesman, said in a statement. "We have always expected to run a grassroots campaign and to make the most of limited resources. The option of over $2 million in federal matching funds would provide additional support as we move forward."

Several of Brownback's opponents for the GOP presidential nomination had a much more successful three month fundraising period. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani raised $11 million, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney collected $10 million. Texas Rep. Ron Paul's success in the third quarter was the biggest surprise when he announced raising $5 million for his bid.

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Filed under: Sam Brownback
October 12th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Biden, Brownback team up on Iraq

Sen. Sam Brownback will join Sen. Joe Biden in Iowa on Friday to discuss their Iraq plan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Oscar and Felix of politics? Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, would be strong contenders for “The Political Odd Couple of the Year Award” – if one existed.

Biden is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, while Brownback is running for the GOP presidential nod. On matters of policy, they don’t share that much in common – except what to do about Iraq.

So, the two presidential hopefuls will meet up in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday to talk about their plan to bring stability to the war torn nation. Specifically, the two senators will discuss their legislation that calls for decentralizing Iraq's federal government and giving more control to local and regional groups. Their amendment passed easily in the Senate last week.

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Filed under: Iowa • Iraq • Joe Biden • Sam Brownback
October 10th, 2007
02:36 PM ET
11 years ago

Brownback: Iowa could end bid

Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback said he needs to finish at least fourth in Iowa.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, said in an on-line discussion Wednesday he would drop out of the race for the White House if he did not finish in the top four in Iowa.

In the question and answer session on The Washington Post, a person asked the Kansas Republican, "Is it true that you will drop out of the race if you don't finish in the top 4 in Iowa?"

"That is correct,” Brownback responded. “I need to finish in that group to move on forward."

–CNN Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: Iowa • Sam Brownback
October 9th, 2007
06:21 PM ET
11 years ago

Most GOP hopefuls say NASDAQ deal not a security threat

(CNN) - Most of the Republican presidential candidates said in a debate Tuesday that they support a Middle Eastern oil firm's bid for a large stake in a major U.S. stock exchange.

The majority of candidates agreed that the deal sealed earlier this year by oil-rich Borse Dubai for 20 percent of the NASDAQ stock exchange did not impact national security.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani fielded the question first saying the foreign company should be able to own 20 percent of the stock exchange and that Americans should support foreign-domestic deals "if they are considered to be safe. If they pass safety and security clearances," he said.

The deal was highly scrutinized by the financial and political community opposed to foreign ownership of U.S. businesses.

"But you just can't rule out foreign companies. There's a whole procedure you go through as to whether or not are they safe. Are they secure? We cannot stop doing business with the rest of the world," Giuliani added.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, once a businessman and venture capitalist, responded enthusiastically.

"Of course, you let a country invest in the United States,” he said. “Because we're going to have to stop thinking always in terms of defense and trying to keep other people out.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Tennesssee Sen. Fred Thompson, and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback agreed, but California Rep. Duncan Hunter and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo did not.

Hunter said he does not believe the company should have been allowed the large stake in the exchange.

"Because I don't trust them," he said.

"If Dubai wanted to buy Wal-Mart, I might think about it," Tancredo joked.

–CNN Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: Duncan Hunter • Fred Thompson • Michigan • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani • Sam Brownback • Tom Tancredo
October 8th, 2007
08:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Political odd couple

Iraq and a crowded 2008 presidential field apparently make for strange bedfellows.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, have a bipartisan proposal to partition Iraq along sectarian lines with Baghdad remaining the seat of a national, federal government in the Middle Eastern country.  The Democrat and the Republican - each of whom is seeking his respective party's nomination for president - will campaign together in Iowa and tout their joint plan.  Carol Costello reports.

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Filed under: Iowa • Iraq • Joe Biden • Sam Brownback
October 8th, 2007
11:30 AM ET
11 years ago

A bipartisan presidential plan for Iraq

Sen. Brownback, above, along with Sen. Biden, both endorse the same Iraq plan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Sam Brownback, R- Kansas, and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, will hold a news conference in Iowa on Friday to discuss their plan for Iraq, in what campaign officials say is the first ever bipartisan presidential campaign event in U.S. history.

Brownback and Biden are both running for president.

"Joe and I might be running for the nomination of two different parties, but we agree on one thing: the American people want progress in Iraq and this represents a viable way forward to stability and success," Brownback said in a statement released by the campaigns.

Biden added that he looked forward to the joint-campaign event "to explain how the Biden-Brownback-Boxer amendment makes Iraq the world's problem while establishing a political solution that gives Iraq's warring factions breathing room to resolve their differences."

The amendment aims to establish a federal system of government in Iraq and passed in the Senate with a vote of 75 to 23 last month.


Filed under: Joe Biden • Sam Brownback
September 28th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Four empty podiums

One of the empty podiums on stage Thursday night in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE, Maryland (CNN) - There were ten podiums on the stage, but only six candidates showed up.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, all said they had scheduling conflicts and skipped Thursday night's PBS All American Presidential Forum on minority issues. The Republican candidates who participated in the debate blasted their rivals for their absence.

"Frankly, I'm embarrassed," former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said. "I'm embarrassed for our party and I'm embarrassed for those who did not come, because there's long been a divide in this country, and it doesn't get better when we don't show up."

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, said it hurts the Republican Party when candidates choose not to participate in debates.

"I want to say just at the outset, I apologize for the candidates that aren't here," Brownback said. "I think this is a disgrace that they're not here."

But moderator Tom Joyner made jokes, at their expense.

"And let me take a moment right here and now to say hello to those of you viewing from home," Joyner said. "Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Senator John McCain. Governor Mitt Romney. And Senator Fred Thompson. Well, you know, I had to call them out."

Related: Not up for debate

Related: Commentary: Why is the GOP scared of black voters?

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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
September 5th, 2007
10:13 PM ET
11 years ago

'Live Free or Die' - except for same-sex marriage

(CNN) - Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback disagreed with a local New Hampshire resident Wednesday night on the topic of same-sex marriage.

During Wednesday night's debate, Fox's Carl Cameron, on location at a local diner, asked a New Hampshire state employee whether she thought a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage should be passed. "Absolutely not," said Heidi Turcotte. "We're the state of 'live free or die', and people should be able to marry the person they love."

Cameron then tossed the same question to Brownback for his response.

"I understand this is a divided audience on this," replied Brownback. "And I understand we as a country are struggling with this question. But these issues aren't done in a vacuum." The presidential hopeful went on to say, "When you do these vast, social experiments - and that's what this is, when you redefine marriage, it's a vast, social experiment - they're not done in isolation. They impact the rest of the culture around you. When you take the sacredness out of marriage, you will drive the marriage rates down."

Brownback said more attention needs to be focused on strengthening families. "And currently in this country - currently - we're at 36 percent of our children born out of wedlock," he said. "You can raise a good child in that setting, but we know the best place is between a mom and a dad, bonded together for life."

–CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: New Hampshire • Sam Brownback • Same-sex marriage
September 5th, 2007
09:48 PM ET
11 years ago

Brownback against Craig reconsidering

Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback participated in the Republican debate on Wednesday.

(CNN) - Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback made clear at Wednesday night's New Hampshire debate that he disagrees with embattled Sen. Larry Craig's decision to reconsider his resignation.

"He's already pulled that trigger and he's decided what to do and he needs to stick with that," Brownback, a social conservative, said of his Idaho colleague.

"I think it is important that our party stand for family values," Brownback added. "We have got to rebuild the family. That's at the core of what we need to do. We shouldn't walk away from family values for fear of instances like this happening within our party."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Larry Craig • New Hampshire • Sam Brownback
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