October 22nd, 2007
08:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Brownback ties record

Brownback became the fifth presidential candidate to drop his bid this election cycle.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Not a single vote for president has been cast, but the path to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is already littered with a record tying number of casualties.

On Friday, Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, became the fifth declared Presidential hopeful to abandon his White House bid. Brownback’s decision to drop out of the race tied the record set in 2000, when five candidates bowed out before the Iowa caucuses, traditionally the first test of candidate strength.

Of course, this doesn’t take into account candidates who toyed with the idea of running, but never filed papers with the Federal Election Commission.

So, who has dropped out so far? Brownback; Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh; former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore; former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson; and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack.

In 2000, you may remember, the early casualties included former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander; former Cabinet Secretary Elizabeth Dole; then-Ohio Rep. John Kasich, former Vice President Dan Quayle; and then-New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith.

– CNN Polling Director Keating Holland

Filed under: Sam Brownback
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Diane Sheffield MA

    Thank God, the man's a loon. Religious extremists are religious extremists–doesn't matter what religion.

    October 22, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Stephen, Naples, Florida

    Now if Hillary Milhous Clinton were to add her name to the list that really would be cause for celebration.

    October 22, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Kare,nj

    Well, I am sure glad that some of them dropped out because personally I had no idea that three of them were even running. I certainly can't be the only one that never heard of those three. I've never heard anyone mention them with the exception of some nut on one of these blogs.

    October 22, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Dan Quayle should run this time too. What America needs right now is a complete idiot running for president to make the other candidates look good.

    October 22, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. RL Dallas TX


    Why on Earth would Hillary quit? She's gonna run and win. Get ready for it.

    October 22, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Stephen, Naples, Florida

    A Hillary/Pelosi government would not be a return to the nineties although God knows that would be bad enough. It would be a return to the seventies – government operating against the people rather than for them. The only silver lining might be the complete annihilation of the Democratic party, but that of course requires some intelligence on the part of the electorate – questionable if Hillary was elected in the first place.

    October 22, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Daniel

    Sam Brownback's decision definitely helps Huckabee, and to a less extent, Romney. Read why here.

    October 22, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Joe, Cleveland,Ohio

    Was Evan Bayh even running? I mean, he was just talked about as a potential candidate, right?

    October 22, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Kate, Aurora CO

    In my own humble opinion, I believe this coming presidential election to be the most important of my life time. This current administration has made such a mess of things it will take a very strong and determined leader to even begin to fix things. The last thing this country needs is another religeous extremist. I don't want another president telling people he went to war after praying to God. I don't want another president dividing this country into Patriots and non-patriots when one disagrees with his/her actions. I don't want another president slackig on the job and another tragedy such as 9/11 occurring. Our fore fathers enacted Separation of church and state for a very good reason and we are seeing why today.

    October 22, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Eric, Marcellus, NY

    Brownback, you are a respectable leader. God Bless.

    Please put your support behind Ron Paul.


    October 22, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Karen,nj

    Dan Quayle can't even spell "potato"

    October 22, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. David, Arlington, VA

    To Stephen from Naples,

    You say that a Clinton/Pelosi government would be acting against the people rather than for them, but what the heck do you think the Bush Administration has been doing for the last 6+ years? Wasting our budget surplus, record-breaking deficit, saddling future generations with debt, meaningful tax breaks for only the rich, allowing the middle class to get poorer, doing nothing about healthcare, education, or the environment, and, oh yeah, botching the so-called War on Terror by getting us involved in an unnecessary and poorly managed war in Iraq. I think the questionable intelligence lies among the people that voted for Bush the past two elections and will continue to vote for those who will continue is ill-advised policies.

    October 22, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Mary, Beaver, PA


    October 22, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    Sam Brownback believed in teaching creationism in schools as an alternative explanation to evolution. The scary thing is that he wasn't a laughing stock. What must civilized society think of us when a man like this is taken seriously?

    October 22, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    At least one of them has the decency to bow out now before adding to more voter confusion. And really, should a religious extremist like him ever been allowed to run?

    Now only if Hillary would drop out too, either forced to by having any one (or number) of her past indiscretions brought up, or willingly, that would be a real cause to celebrate. If you think Bush Jr. had a ruinous presidency that only caused debt and want for the American people, you can be assured that the supporter of NAFTA, higher taxes, amnesty for illegals, and a bloated government rife with corruption that would make even Taft blush will make things a hundred fold worse.

    Vote Edwards, or at the very least Obama.

    October 22, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Atlanta

    One down, sooo many more to go. Keep your religion out of my government. If you want to live in a religious state, move to Iran.

    October 22, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Roger Uville Ohio

    Who will represent the Flat Earth Society?

    October 22, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Stephen, Naples, Florida

    So what is your point David? A Clinton/Pelosi government would be good for the country? If that is what you believe, then maybe you could explain it a little.

    October 22, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Mark. Shreveport, La

    Why do just Iowa and New Hampshire get to decide who stays in the race?

    October 22, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    To David, Arlington:

    I could not have said it better myself. The people who support the current president and his policies and lament the idea of a president from the democratic party, have their heads deeply buried somewhere (but not in the sand).

    We do not need another christianist in the White House. We need someone who is level headed enough to keep their beliefs to him(her) self and do the job of leading the country.

    And, please no rewriting of history, this country was founded on the principal of freedom of religion and that means any relgion. Our founding fathers were not christianists, in fact most of them had spiritual beliefs but they kept it largely to themselves which is what we all should be doing.

    October 22, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Geoff, Grand Rapids MI

    Yes! Who knows what would have happened under Brownback?!

    My guess is that you would have had:

    Gays and Muslims in concentration camps

    TIME magazine being considered "obsene"

    Fred Phelps as a cabinet member....

    The list goes on!!

    October 22, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Wayne, Greenville, TX

    Dan Quayle should run this time too. What America needs right now is a complete idiot running for president to make the other candidates look good.

    Posted By Bubba, Swainsboro GA : October 22, 2007 9:49 am

    We had a complete idiot running in 2000 and 2004, too – George W. Bush. Unfortunately, too many people couldn't see how stupid he was, and voted for him.

    I can proudly state that I have NEVER voted for ANY Bush for public office. Never have – never will....

    October 22, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |