The Capitol-Journal (registration required) has more on the Abraham Lincoln Unity Dinner in Iowa: Brownback steadily works Iowa voters (day on the trail provides insight into campaign machine).
DES MOINES, Iowa — All signs pointed to a serious presidential bid.
Campaign workers stood outside the Polk County Convention Complex an hour before Sen. Sam Brownback was scheduled to arrive holding a large banner and telling passersby about the conservative, anti-abortion candidate from Parker, Kan
Inside, about a dozen Brownback followers handed out stickers and held posters in front of their bodies, waiting to spark a rally once the senator’s car pulled in front of the complex.
Clearly, the Iowa campaign volunteers had done their advance work. Brownback signs were plastered along the escalators and covered a wall, where later the volunteers would stand behind Brownback holding up signs in just the right spot to be picked up by television cameras.
It sounds like Senator Brownback has some great volunteers willing to do the hard work on the ground to make their candidate look good and to get the word out. Great planning, great executuion. Good for you, guys!
Five minutes before the senator’s arrival, his crew gathered with signs outside the convention complex. Trainor Walsh, Iowa field director, choreographed where supporters would stand. “We back Brownback” was chanted as the senator climbed out of a green car and then stopped for a photo op on the sidewalk outside the complex
“We’re going to win,” Brownback assured his supporters.
Nothing but a positive message from Senator Brownback. So far, so good.
“Senator Brownback is a natural fit in Iowa, one of the most important states in the nomination process,” Wasinger wrote. “Brownback is the only candidate in the field that was raised on a farm. He shares Iowa’s Midwestern values and he strongly identifies with the conservative base of the Iowa Republican Party. It’s a trifecta that should bode well for Senator Brownback in Iowa.”
Brownback was raised on a farm in Parker, a small town in Linn County, Kan.; was national vice president of the Future Farmers of America in high school; and was the youngest secretary of agriculture in Kansas.
Absolutely. Now get ready for the negative spin. I smell a rat.
David Yepsen, political columnist for the Des Moines Register, said Brownback is an “unknown” to Iowa voters.
“Every poll shows him in the 1 to 2 percent range,” he said. “He’s spent some time here, but so far it’s not reached critical mass.”
Yepsen said the leading GOP contenders in his state are Guiliani, Romney, McCain and Fred Thompson, although the latter has yet to formally announce he is running for president.
“Brownback’s problem is he’s an unknown. He’s got better-known contenders,” Yepsen said.
Brownback hasn’t been able to bring the social conservatives into his corner yet, but has the potential to do so, Yepsen said.
Talking points: unknown, low polling, Rudy McRomney, unknown, low support. Well done, RINO lover. Please, somebody counteract this negative nonsense.
Chuck Laudner, executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa, disagrees.
“Brownback is doing very well here,” Laudner said. “He’s getting in the right places and working the right people.”
Laudner said “there’s no clear favorite” among the presidential candidates, and some may underestimate Brownback’s ability to rally the GOP faithful.
“He’s been here a lot. He’s got support here,” he said.
Laudner said he has talked to Brownback a few times and believes he appeals to Republicans who are anti-abortion, believe in traditional marriage and favor judicial reform.
OK, that’s all very good and provides some balance. But what’s this?
However, Laudner said, Brownback will need to broaden his talking points to other areas, such as the war on terrorism, trade, education, health care and tax reform, before he can gain additional support.
“You can’t just hit one note,” he said. “It’s a national campaign.”
“Broaden his talking points?” “One note?” Ugh. Earth to Chuck: Brownback has been talking about all these issues since forever. You apparently haven’t been paying attention. Thanks for the undignified and undeserved slam. That’s just what the lamestream media vultures love.
Overall a positive day for Senator Brownback. But the anti-Brownback talking points are getting old.
NOTE: Cyclone Conservatives warns us about this David Yepsen guy:
David Yepsen, in today’s Des Moines Register, says the event had a somber overtone to it. Now, had I not seen the columnist walking around, I would have assumed that he stayed outside next to the handful of Democratic protesters there because he clearly did not witness the same event as me if that’s the feel that he got.
I think Yepsen deserves to be on my ignore list.