by Steven Ertelt
February 5, 2007
Columbia, SC (LifeNews.com) — Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback continued his efforts at the end of last week to be the one presidential candidate willing to tackle abortion head on. He made a pledge to a gathering of a couple hundred people in South Carolina, an early primary state, that he will do everything he can to stop abortions.
"I will commit to helping end abortion in America," Brownback said at the rally.
"We’ve got to rebuild the family in America," he added, saying that he favors overturning Roe v. Wade and allowing states to again have the opportunity to prohibit abortions.
His comments went over well with the crowd and will likely help him build support in this culturally conservative state.
"He’s going to play well with everyone who wants a candidate with strong Judeo-Christian values," Jim Corbett, a Columbia lawyer told the Associated Press.
John Gillespie, of Greenwood, also liked what he heard.
"To hear someone speak the truth loudly and clearly is refreshing," Gillespie told AP.
Brownback will need the strong support of pro-life advocates if he hopes to boost his standings in the polls.
A Zogby International poll released earlier this month of Iowa and New Hampshire Republicans and their thoughts on the potential candidates for the party’s 2008 presidential nomination found Brownback trailing.
Pro-abortion former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani leads in the Iowa poll with Arizona Sen. John McCain a close second. The two change positions in the New Hampshire poll with McCain leading.
In Iowa, Giuliani draws the support of 19 percent of Republicans while McCain, who backs embryonic stem cell research funding has 17 percent. McCain leads 26-20 percent over Giuliani in New Hampshire.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich draws 13 percent in Iowa and 6 percent in New Hampshire even though he said he may not run and won’t make a final decision until later this year. He is instead hoping some other strongly conservative candidate grabs the mantle.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice picked up 9 percent in the Iowa poll and 7 percent in New Hampshire even though she has said repeatedly she has no interest in running for president.
Those Iowa Republicans, combined with the 22 percent who said they had no preference, show that the race is wide open as 44 percent of possible caucus participants aren’t supporting any current potential candidate.
In New Hampshire, a total of 28 percent backed no candidate or one who is not seriously considering a bid.
Brownback received just one percent in both polls.
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, are other declared and potential Republican candidates.