June 14th, 2007
01:07 PM ET
12 years ago

Brownback joins McCain-Romney spat

Brownback's campaign questioned Romney's abortion stance Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback's presidential campaign is adding its two cents to Wednesday's press release battle between GOP presidential rivals John McCain and Mitt Romney over the former Massachusetts governor's abortion stance.

In a statement released Thursday, Brownback's campaign called Romney's "alleged pro-life conversion story" "false and misleading," referencing a YouTube video the McCain campaign posted Wednesday of then-Gov. Romney saying in a 2005 press conference that he was "committed" to maintaining his state's existing abortion rights laws.

Romney has said he started opposing abortion rights in November 2004 after a conversation with a stem-cell researcher made him feel the value of human live had been diminished.

Soon after the McCain campaign circulated the video, Romney's camp fired back, saying “selective editing” had taken the Massachusetts Republican’s comments out of context and called the video's posting “borne of desperation.”

Brownback's campaign questioned Romney's abortion stance last week as well, criticizing him for not directly calling abortion "murder" at a recent campaign event.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney • Sam Brownback
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. George Washington

    Not sure if I would want fanatical Brownback on my side of an argument.

    June 14, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. jon

    go home brownback, you one issue candidate. he has the same chances as tancredo who is also a one issue candidate.

    for being so pro life it is interesting why he is criticizing romney for comments he made while vetoing a bill on stem cell research for the purpose of respecting life

    brownback is a politician however, can't expect much less from a us senator. brownback has nothing on romney. romney is hte most competent of all the candidates. Brownback is extremly unimpressive.

    June 14, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. ff1959

    The candidates are squabbling about who is lying and being misleading again. There's a surprise. Good thing there is at least one candidate who does not have to be concerned about being misleading or lying.

    June 14, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Mary, Holland, MI

    Romney is a phony and should be called to the carpet on it. Talk about doing/saying anything for votes–this guy takes the cake.

    I'm not a Brownback supporter either. The days of being a one issue candidate are over.

    June 14, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. ChairmanMao Kansas City, MO

    Jon what makes you feel Romney is competent?

    June 14, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Travis

    Romney: proven business success, proven olympic turnaround (also donated $1M + took no salary + $100M profit), massachusetts turn around $3B deficit + 1st in nation in education, market-driven healthcare that other states are modeling, led opposition to gay marriage, took no salary.

    Brownback: who?

    June 14, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. josh embry, austin, tx

    Who's Brownback?

    June 14, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Jon


    are you kidding? what make me think Romney is competent? Do some reading and you will find out. He is the only viable candidate with real executiev and adminstrative experience.

    I would anybody who is able to provide healthcare to every citizen in his state WITHOUT INCREASING INCOME TAXES and WITHOUT INCREASING GOVERNMENT BURAECRACY very competent. By they way, he did this with a legislature full of a different party.

    I would also say someone who can take a 3 billion dollar deficit in a democratic controlled state and balance that budget, again without raising taxes, very impressive an competent.

    I would say someone who can be called at short notice to save the US from an awful embarassment from an olympics that is bogged down with corruption and deficit with sponsors pulling out left and right into a huge suprlus and perfect success competent.

    I would also say someone who can start a compnay and make it into the 4th largest investing firm in teh country worth billions of dollars competent.

    Shall I continue? Because I can.

    June 14, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    nine out of the ten republican candidates, simply put, suck. This probably wont make it onto the discussion board, but it's true. When over 70% of the country thinks that we should leave Iraq, how on earth do these nine think they can run on a pro war platform? It just doesnt make sense. Ron paul is the only candidate with an actual chance. Simply put, vote Ron Paul in '08.

    June 14, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. S. Richard, Olathe, KS

    I am a Kansan. That being said, I apologize to everyone that my state has inflicted Brownback upon you. I have considered him a numbskull for a long time, but I am surprised that he has chosen to make it so obvious.
    I've already donated to Romney, and I will do so again. When the numbskulls gang up and attack him, I can't help but like him even more.

    June 14, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. sean, New York, NY

    It's not only that Romney hasn't called abortion "murder", but that he uses the phrase "pro-life" while referring to abortion as the wrong "choice" (on his official website), and stating that states make the decision themselves. This is not a strong pro-life position; it is a federalist position taken to appease his targeted voting demographic. Actually, it's not all that different from Giuliani's position, except that Giuliani ahs the courage and conviction to state that he remains pro-choice.

    June 15, 2007 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  12. asd

    as if calling people who commit abortion murderers is really goint to help your cause out.

    why is rudy 'courageous' if he supports, what you call 'murder'?

    That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard. I think lots of murderers are courageous. See how reasoanble that sounds.

    June 15, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Jim, Columbia South Carolina

    Looks like lots of Romney supporters are trolling the web to say the same thing. Sam Brownback is a multi issue candidate, has the best quailties and experienced too. He is the only Republican with a (viable) political plan for Iraq, a plan to cut federal agencies and programs, and promote the family and marriage. He has administrative experience but in this time of war its his foreign policy experience, with recent meetings in Iraq with the leaders of the factions and our generals, that put him out front. The fact that his philosophy starts with the idea that every human life is sacred and you have a "home run" of a candidate waiting for less extreme (or extrememly driven) GOP voters not posting to this story to discover him or jump on his bandwagon. It's coming. Watch the Ames Iowa straw poll.

    June 25, 2007 12:08 am at 12:08 am |