Newsmax has a great article up on Sam Brownback’s visit to New Hampshire that fleshes out some of his primary issues (no pun intended):
The Kansas Republican, making his first trip to the earliest primary state since announcing his presidential ambitions, told conservative activists at a luncheon he’s “pro-life, whole life,” saying candidates can’t fight for fetus’ rights and then abandon them after they are born.
Wow, he’s really hitting one out of the park here. You want more?
“I believe the child in the womb should be protected, and that we should also protect the person that’s in poverty, and the child that’s in Darfur, and working with prisoners so they don’t have so much recidivism and always back in the system,” Brownback said.
Way to pack your “all life” message into a single sentence! And some say this “full-scale conservative” can’t give a good speech. So much for that baseless assertion. One more ‘graph.
Brownback, a Roman Catholic popular among religious conservatives nationally, is hoping to find his niche in a Republican field that has been criticized by some as too moderate. During her visit to the Statehouse last month, conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly called the top-polling candidates — former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — unacceptable.
Schlafly hits the nail on the head. I’ve been saying the exact same thing all over this blog.
There’s more, so read the whole thing. This is apparently from the AP. If Sam Brownback can continue to get reasonable coverage like this, his campaign is bound to resonate with social conservatives and even moderates. Sam Brownback is on a roll.
Update: Students for Brownback is on the case! They have more material that supports our man Sam’s “whole life” message: Brownback testifies to U.S. Congress: End the Genocide in Darfur. They’re really doing a great job!
Update 2: Conservative street cred, thanks to The Conservative Crawfish:
The most conservative member of Congress seeking the Republican nomination – based on lifetime voting records – is Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, with a score of 82.5. The most conservative score possible was 99.
Lifetime scores for the other Republicans:
-Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, 81
-Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, 75.9
-Sen. John McCain of Arizona, 71.8
-Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, 71.5
-Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, 51.7
Update 3: More analysis over at Elephant Biz. Go!