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GOP Senator Brownback To Move Ahead With Presidential Run January 5, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican and favorite son of the religious right, will officially enter the presidential race later this month in his home state.

“He will be fully announcing on Jan. 20 in Topeka, Kansas,” Brian Hart, the senator’s spokesman, said Friday. The move was expected even though Brownback set up an exploratory committee in December to gauge whether he had enough support for a full-blown campaign.

After the announcement in Kansas, Hart said Brownback will fly to Washington to participate in the anti-abortion march marking the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion.

Brownback is a lesser-known candidate in a crowded GOP presidential field that likely will include Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor. Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, rounds out the top tier. All three are considering runs but, to various extents, also have records or positions on social or fiscal issues that don’t sit well with the Republican base.

So, Brownback – a Catholic revered by the GOP’s conservative wing for his opposition to abortion and gay marriage – sees an opening in the race for someone like him. “I am an economic, a fiscal, a social and a compassionate conservative,” Brownback said last month.

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