November 7th, 2007
09:24 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain gets conservative boost with Brownback endorsement

Sen. Brownback has decided to endorse John McCain instead of Rudy Giuliani.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, will endorse Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for president, CNN has learned.

The endorsement will come Wednesday when the Brownback and McCain appear together at a McCain campaign event in Iowa, a McCain campaign source and Republican Party sources told CNN's John King.

Brownback gave up his own bid for the White House last month, after lackluster fundraising and poor showings in both the national and crucial early primary and caucus state polls.

Brownback is a socially conservative senator who emphasized his opposition to abortion, gay marriage and other issues important to Christian conservatives, who make up an influential voting block within the Republican Party.

His endorsement could help McCain in Iowa, where caucuses will be held on January 3rd to kick off the presidential primary calendar. McCain trails badly in the polls in Iowa to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

McCain opposes legalizing abortion and gay marriage, but he is not a darling of the far right. Brownback's endorsement may help McCain with such social conservative voters.

Rudy Giuliani's campaign made a bid for Brownback's endorsement. The former New York City Mayor is the frontrunner in the national Republican polls but also trails Romney in Iowa. Giuliani's stance in support of abortion rights makes his job of winning over Christian conservatives a tough task, and it was thought that Brownback's endorsement would help Giuliani as well.

Related: Giuliani, McCain pick up key Christian conservative backing

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Filed under: Iowa • John McCain • Sam Brownback • South Carolina
October 26th, 2007
08:16 AM ET
6 years ago

Brownback 'more comfortable' with Giuliani's abortion position

Brownback met with Giuliani Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, said Thursday he is "much more comfortable" with Rudy Giuliani's position on abortion after discussing the issue with the former New York City mayor earlier in the day.

"I understand the mayor’s position," Brownback said after meeting with the Republican presidential frontrunner. “Whether it’s funding [or] appointments on the court, I’m much more comfortable with that.”

Brownback even said “pro-choice” might be the wrong label for Giuliani’s position on the issue. “I don’t know," said the Kansas senator, "if he’d describe himself as a pro-choice mayor or a pro-choice candidate.”

“I oppose abortion,” Giuliani told reporters staked out in front of Brownback’s Senate office following the meeting. “I’d like to see a society in which there’s not abortion. I think you have to get there by changing people’s hearts and minds. I’m not in favor of changing the law and the right that presently exists.”

Both men said they support appointing conservative justices to the Supreme Court in the mold of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Sam Alito.


Filed under: Rudy Giuliani • Sam Brownback
October 25th, 2007
12:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Brownback meeting with Giuliani, but not ready to endorse

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

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani • Sam Brownback
October 22nd, 2007
08:30 AM ET
12 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
October 19th, 2007
05:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Brownback pulls out of GOP presidential race

Watch Brownback drop out of the White House race.

(CNN) - Mired in single digits in the polls and trailing his rivals in fund-raising, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas announced Friday afternoon that he is pulling out of the Republican presidential race.

"My yellow brick road just came short of the White House this time," Brownback said at a news conference in his hometown of Topeka.

Filed under: Sam Brownback
October 19th, 2007
10:25 AM ET
12 years ago

Brownback shows at Values summit

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback also addressed the summit – despite accounts from sources close to him indicating that Brownback is on the verge of ending his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

Brownback spoke of the need to fight to outlaw abortion, and to defend the role of faith in America's political and public life.
He made no mention of his candidacy, or his plans to end it.

Several sources close to Brownback have said he planned to make an announcement as early as later Friday in his home state of Kansas.

- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King

Filed under: Sam Brownback
October 18th, 2007
07:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee not ready to join Brownback

ABOARD THE ELECTION EXPRESS (CNN) – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is often mentioned in the same sentence as Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, but Huckabee made clear Thursday he has no immediate plans to join his rival in abandoning a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Huckabee, who competed fiercely with Brownback for support from social conservatives, has had a difficult time competing with the frontrunners in both raising money and registering in the polls.

"It's not about the money, it's about the message," Huckabee said in an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in New Hampshire. "Our message is resonating and the more the message resonates, the more the money comes in. We are in a position where we have only seen one direction, we've gone up. And I am confident that will continue to happen as we approach the Iowa caucuses."


Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Sam Brownback
October 18th, 2007
03:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Brownback set to drop bid Friday

Brownback will announce Friday he's bowing out of the presidential race.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, who was hoping his social conservative credentials would help him win the Republican presidential nomination, will announce Friday his decision to abandon his White House bid, well-placed Republican sources tell CNN.

The sources tell CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that Brownback plans to bow out of the race Friday and that the announcement will be made back home in Kansas. They also tell CNN that the Brownback campaign has less than $100,000 of cash on hand left in the bank and little prospect of improving fundraising due to the senator’s low poll numbers. The sources say that they know of no immediate plans for Brownback to endorse another Republican candidate, but note that the senator has said he would support the eventual GOP presidential nominee.

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Filed under: Sam Brownback
October 18th, 2007
11:22 AM ET
12 years ago

Report: Brownback dropping White House bid

Brownback will make a 'major announcement,' CNN has learned.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Sam Brownback, dogged by low poll numbers and a poor fundraising showing last quarter, has decided to abandon his bid for the White House, people close to the senator tell the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, a campaign source tells CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King that all scheduling has been put on hold pending a "major announcement" from the Kansas Republican.

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Filed under: Sam Brownback
October 18th, 2007
07:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani: Just one debate a month for me

Giuliani says he is limiting himself to one debate or forum appearance each month.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he'll only participate in one debate or forum each month because, as he says, if you try to pick and choose "you end up insulting more people than you really intend to."

"I've been invited to like a dozen debates sometimes on the same day, and you just can't do them all. You just can't," the former New York City mayor said at a stop in Des Moines. "We've tried to have a rule of one per month, and the first one we accept. Then we've got to say 'no' to all the rest, because if I go to all the debates, I can't run my campaign."

Giuliani says it would be too hard to raise the money needed and impossible to make all the "political points that you want to make" if he were to accept more invitations to multiple-candidate events.

At a town hall meeting on the campus of Drake University, Giuliani was asked whether or not he would participate in the nationally televised AARP/Iowa Public Television 'Divided We Fail' GOP forum on October 25. So far Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee have confirmed. According to the forum's website, the other campaigns have said "they don't know."

"If we said 'no' to it, it does not at all have to do with your organization," Giuliani continued in his answer. "It has to do with the fact that we already agreed to a debate."

The 'Divided We Fail' Democratic forum back in September included all the top-tier Democrats except Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Iowa • John McCain • Mike Huckabee • Rudy Giuliani • Sam Brownback
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