|"To use our greatness for goodness."|
|January 20, 2007--Exactly two years until the next president
is inaugurated Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) formally announced his candidacy
for the job before a friendly crowd at Heritage Hall in Wichita, Kansas.
Backed by his family, the Senator from Kansas told cheering supporters, "It's a great journey and ours is a great nation and I make one pledge to you, to use our greatness for goodness."
In his speech, which lasted about 15 1/2 minutes, Brownback discussed the social issues for which he is most well known, including marriage "as the union of a man and a woman for life" and "the need for a culture of life," but he also delved into other areas. He called for a flat tax, declaring that "the Internal Revenue Code should be taken behind the barn and killed with a dull axe," targeted cancer, vowing "we can end deaths by cancer in ten years," and addressed energy, stating "we must become energy self-reliant in North America in the next fifteen years." (transcript)
Brownback is seen as a longshot. His strong social conservative views could earn him a credible showing in the first in the nation Iowa caucuses, but also draw fire from critics. The DNC put out a press release describing Brownback's bid as a "candidacy of ideology over people." There are questions about whether Brownback can raise enough money to sustain his campaign and have an impact.
Brownback's announcement comes a month and a half after he established a presidential exploratory committee and just a couple of days before the March for Life in Washington. (more)
|Copyright © 2007 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action|