July 3rd, 2007
10:39 AM ET
12 years ago

Brownback camp blasts Tancredo over Planned Parenthood connection

Brownback's campaign questioned a Tancredo supporter Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Sam Brownback's presidential campaign blasted fellow GOP presidential candidate Tom Tancredo Monday for accepting campaign donations from a founder of a Planned Parenthood chapter.

In a statement, the Kansas Republican's campaign says Tacredo's presidential campaign, political action committee, and congressional re-election campaign have accepted "thousands of dollars personally" from Dr. John Tanton, founder of the Northern Michigan Planned Parenthood Association. Tancredo is a U.S. congressman from Colorado.

"Given Tanton's obvious ties to Planned Parenthood, Tom Tancredo should publicly denounce his ties to Tanton and should donate all previously accepted funds to an Iowa crisis pregnancy center," said John Rankin, Brownback's Iowa communications director. "How can pro-life Iowans believe Tom Tancredo's commitment to life when he has accepted money from such a prominent abortion supporter?"

Brownback has made abortion-rights issues a centerpiece of his White House bid.

UPDATE: Bay Buchanan, a senior advisor to Tancredo's presidential campaign, issued the following statement:

"Those who contribute to the Tancredo campaign are supportive of Congressman Tancredo and his principles and values; in no way does this suggest he endorses theirs."

"As for the congressman’s pro-life record, it is unassailable.  What is far more interesting to the people of Iowa is Senator Brownback’s complete embrace of massive amnesty for illegal aliens."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Sam Brownback • Tom Tancredo
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. James Atlanta, GA

    Seriously, this is one guy without a shot at the nomination taking aim at another guy without a shot at the nomination. The only reason this is news worthy is that, apparently, Mr. Brownback has failed to recognize that he needs to fight his way up the political ladder. That's verticle Brownback, not horizontal.

    July 2, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Theresa Carroll

    Good for Brownback for attacking Tancredo for accepting blood money from a disgusting organization that profits off of killing children and destroying the lives of millions of women.

    July 2, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Roger, Shawnee, KS

    I am from Brownbacks area. Pro life whether you feel is right or wrong is all this man knows. You would have to understand the dim witted religous make up of this area to see how this guy was ever elected.
    I am glad he will not have a chance in hell to be elected to the highest office.

    July 2, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Diane Peterson Haddock Georgia

    These are the times that try mens souls. It is clear that our president has a soul of foul play, and has no regard for due process,or the law of this country.A jury of peers convicted this man, yet our president just kicked justice in the face.

    July 3, 2007 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  5. Brandon, Wichita, KS

    So, here we go again. I have lived in Kansas my entire life, and I am saddened that yet another embarassment has plagued our state. It's not bad enough we are seen as fools for the Intelligent Design, abortion, and Fred Phelps & Company, now we have a bumbling fool running for president. The American People will do themselves a favor by NOT voting for Sam Brownback in the primaries. He hasn't done a thing for this state, and will do even less as president.

    July 3, 2007 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  6. Delano Minden Nevada

    Another lie from the pro illegal alien amnesty camp. Senator Brownback changed his vote from "Yea" to "Ney" when he realized the Amnesty Bill lost. Senator Brownback is just another self serving unprincipled Washington politician with the view of America be dammed.

    July 3, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. jason moxter, olathe, ks

    Being from Kansas, and a Republican; I can tell you 'anyone but Brownbeck'! If I wanted the pope to run America, I would support him.

    July 3, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Ryan, New York, NY

    Theresa Carroll,
    Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization, so they're not profitting from anyone.

    If you're going to have enemies, at least know who you're fighting against. In your research, you'd also become aware that they aren't simply an abortion provider, but provider of all types of sexual services from adoption services, birth control, sexually transmitted disease testing and awareness, etc.

    Their goal is to provide women with a wide range of options, one of which is abortion for the women who make that decision.

    I'm also curious how you view giving them a choice as the destruction of women's lives.

    Either way, keep supporting Brownback, preferrably financially. I love seeing people that I disagree with waste their money on a worthless cause because then they can't do damage elsewhere with those same funds.

    July 3, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Jonathan Albuquerque, NM

    Bull-Honkey Brownback is at it again.

    July 3, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Dave Root

    Brownback may not be as Christian conservative as he may appear.

    The gullible Brownback fell for the smear campaign of some radical left leaning women's groups who manipulated Brownback with shocking lies and hysterical anecdotes in order to get him to sponsor the draconian International Marriage Relations Act.

    Brownback sponsored this unconstitutional law with the ultra liberal Senator Cantwell (D-WA) which allows the government to interfere with the universal right of an American to COMMUNICATE with a foreigner and also shockingly requires background checks before they can marry within the USA.

    Remember it was Senator Brownback (not Mitt Romney) who took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and then broke his promise by sponsoring this draconian law.

    If you look into the issues closely you may discover that Romney exemplifies Christian values more than Brownback

    July 5, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. Mary Stauffer, Topeka, KS

    Brownback is doing what he has always done, play dirty to try to get attention and then beg forgiveness later. His history of this nasty campaigning is detailed in an excellent piece on http://www.RHRealityCheck.org.

    July 26, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |