NPR’s Morning Edition program recently did an interview with Sam Brownback. Sam Brownback, ‘Bleeding-Heart’ Conservative. I avoid the MSM in general and NPR in particular so naturally missed it. Fortunately the audio is up on NPR’s website, so I’m off to listen to it now.
Read (and listen to) the whole thing. Here’s the introduction:
Presidential candidate Sen. Sam Brownback embraces conservative social issues — he is strongly anti-abortion. But the Kansas Republican also talks about subjects dear to liberals, like stopping the killing of refugees in Darfur.
In an interview with Renee Montagne, Brownback explains why he thinks his “bleeding-heart conservative” views will resonate with voters in 2008.
I’ll have an update with my observations soon. So keep watching this space!
Update: The interview is just under eight minutes long and the entirety of its contents is in the transcript. So those of you on dialup don’t need to worry about missing out by not being able to hear the audio. Although hearing Sam’s voice has more impact than just reading the words.
The interviewer seemed intent on concentrating on abortion and embryonic stem-cell research probably hoping that this would scare and rile up the far left NPR audience. But it didn’t work. Sam handled the interview perfectly, saying he wasn’t merely “pro-life” but supportive of “all life,” effectively disarming the liberal canard that conservatives are “pre-life,” that is, that they only care about womb babies and not born babies and adults.
Let’s see how he handles this:
Well, I think what it says is that we’ve got a big discussion. I just think you’ve got a society that’s really looking at these issues, trying to determine which way it’s going to go. It’s also why I bring in the being pro-life but being fully life — working on issues like human rights and children in Darfur — because I think we have to stand for life in the womb, but we also have to stand for the young woman that’s in poverty or the guy that’s trapped in his own bondage by what he has done in prison. And I’m not for cutting that prison sentence short, but I am for work that we can reduce that prison recidivism. And I think that full definition of life is a much more appealing and broad-based definition that draws a lot more people into it.
Emphasis mine. Well done, Sam. You were able to disarm the MSM landmines and came across as what you are, simply the best candidate for the Presidency for 2008. Good job!