With the CNBC Republican debate in Michigan already behind him, this is still going to be a busy week for Senator Sam Brownback. He continues to make campaign appearances in Iowa as the week winds down. In addition, there are a couple of significant Brownback events that will be of interest to those of us in other parts of the country.
Live Online Chat
Wednesday morning, Oct 10, Sam will be participating in a live online chat courtesy of the Washington Post between 11am and 12pm EST.
Questions may be submitted prior to or during the event here. Information about other online chats with the Presidential candidates can be found here. It appears that Sam Brownback will be the first participant.
Update: The online chat has finished.
Political Dispatch Interview
Sam will be interviewed Thursday, Oct 11, by Political Buzz for their “Political Dispatch” interview, which will be posted on Friday. B4B will post a reminder when it goes online. Shoot them an email if you have a question you’d like asked.
Bipartisan Summit on Iraq
On Friday, Oct 12, Presidential candidates Sam Brownback (R) and Joe Biden (D) will hold an unprecedented joint bipartisan summit to discuss the Brownback-Biden-Boxer political solution for Iraq, “the only Iraq-related policy plan the Senate has adopted this year.”
Learn more about this “political surge” and the upcoming bipartisan summit in an article penned by Senator Brownback himself, Why I’m Campaigning with a Democrat.
And read on for more information and some background on the Brownback-Biden plan.
Background on the Political Solution for Iraq
The proposal, which received significant support in the Senate on Sept 26, 2007 (75-23; Yea: R-26, D-47, I-2; Nay: R-22, D-1~Feingold; NV: R-McCain, D-Obama), is to reshape Iraq into a lose federation of three states: Kurdish, Shia and Sunni, with Bagdad as the federal capital.
Although a number of Republicans, including some in the Bush Administration (Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, for example) expressed skepticism, the majority of the Senate did not.
Rice said that “the creation of additional federal regions is a sensitive issue best left to the Iraqis to address at their own pace. The United States should not be seen taking sides on a subject such as this.”
White House spokesman Tony Fratto said that “there is absolutely no objection on the part of this administration that the Iraqis should have a federalist system.”
Brownback and Biden requested to meet with President Bush on Oct 2, 2007 to discuss the plan and any concerns the Administration may have. Another important supporter of the three state solution proposed in the Senate was Iraqi President Talabani himself, who Brownback met with the following day, Oct 3, 2007.
“I am pleased that President Talabani strongly supports the idea of a federal Iraq,” said Brownback. “I agree with President Talabani that federal models, like the United States, provide examples that Iraq can follow to unify its people and keep the country intact.”
Sam Brownback: A Man of Action, Seeking a Solution
Unlike the other Republican candidates, Sam Brownback has taken the initiative to solve the Iraq problem now, even before he is nominated and before he becomes the next President. He has taken time out of his busy campaign schedule to work out a positive solution for America NOW, rather than allowing the current situation to be dumped on the next Administration. That’s true leadership.
Whether one supports Sam Brownback’s candidacy or not, one should certainly admire the action he is taking on behalf of the American and Iraqi people. He is to be commended by all. What we need in Iraq is victory. What Iraq needs is a political solution. Senator Brownback is working hard to ensure both, even in the midst of a hectic Presidential campaign. G-d bless you, Sam!
A solution to the situation in Iraq is not a left or right thing. It would benefit all Americans. It’s time to move forward and onto victory. And Sam Brownback is leading the way.
Relevant Press Releases:
- Senate Adopts Brownback Position on Three-State Solution in Iraq – Monday, October 01, 2007
- Brownback Discusses his Iraq Plan with the Iraqi President – Wednesday, October 03, 2007
- Biden and Brownback to Outline Iraq Plan – Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Hat Tip: The Daily Brownbacker for always keeping the latest Brownback campaign news on the front page.