by Steven Ertelt
January 21, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Senator Sam Brownback made his quest for the Republican nomination for president in 2008 official over the weekend. The leading pro-life lawmaker has previously established an exploratory committee that allowed him to raise and spend funds while he thought about a final decision on running.
Brownback said that the main thrust of his campaign will be emphasizing issues like abortion and getting the Supreme Court to overturn it’s 1973 decision that allowed them throughout pregnancy.
He said he knows his candidacy is a "long shot" according to political observers but he compared it with other candidates like Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton who came from behind to capture the presidency.
“I start out with less name ID, but I’ve been there before,” Brownback said during his announcement speech in Topeka. “My positions are at the heart of where the Republican Party is.”
To win the GOP nomination, Brownback said he would focus on attracting pro-life and Christian voters.
"The last thing we need in America is to take God out of our public lives and institutions," Brownback said Saturday in Topeka. "We need to embrace our nation’s motto, ‘In God we trust,’ and not be ashamed of it."
Brownback has previously said candidates like pro-abortion former New York mayor Giuliani, pro-embryonic stem cell research Arizona Sen. McCain, and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who recently became pro-life, lack his longtime dedication to the pro-life cause.
"I’m the one that has been there, is there and will be there in the future," he said.
Brownback has been a strong pro-life advocate on both abortion and bioethics issues and has a consistent 100 percent pro-life voting record on various pro-life issues from the National Right to Life Committee.
He has won strong support from the pro-life community for not only voting pro-life but serving as a key sponsor of legislation.
He sponsored a measure to allow the federal government to prohibit the use of the drugs in assisted suicides and has been the leading lawmaker behind a bill that would ban all forms of human cloning.
Brownback will return to Washington on Monday and attend the March for Life, where pro-life advocates mourn the 34th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that essentially allowed legalized abortion without any limits.
Whether Brownback wins the nomination or not, his candidacy will challenge Republicans to make sure they select a pro-life nominee to take on the Democratic candidate, who will almost assuredly back abortion.
Lydia Saad a senior editor at the Gallup poll explains that the pro-life position has been a boon for Republican presidential candidates.
"National exit polling in every presidential election since 1984 has shown a net advantage to the pro-life side over the pro-choice side, based on the percentage of single-issue abortion voters in the electorate," Saad has said.