Sam Brownback Features Norma McCorvey From Abortion Case at Straw Poll

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 7, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Sam Brownback Features Norma McCorvey From Abortion Case at Straw Poll

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 7,

Des Moines, IA ( — Continuing his theme of stressing his pro-life values, Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback plans to feature pro-life advocate Norma McCorvey at the Iowa straw poll on Saturday. His campaign hopes it will help attract pro-life voters in a non-binding vote that could wind up eliminating one or more contenders.

McCorvey is the former "Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade, the case that allowed virtually unlimited abortions. She has endorsed the Kansas senator in his bid for the GOP nod.

"Probably one of the biggest [people attending the straw poll] is Norma McCorvey. She’s the Roe of Roe v Wade who’s adamantly pro-life and supporting my candidacy," Brownback said Tuesday about her attendance. "I am honored that such a staunch defender of the dignity of the unborn will join me at Ames this Saturday."

In a statement Brownback’s campaign sent to McCorvey talks about her support for the pro-life Congressional leader.

"Sam Brownback is the right person, in the right place at the right time for our nation as we seek to embrace a culture of life," McCorvey said.

"I call on pro-life Iowans to vote for Senator Brownback in Ames this Saturday. Our nation needs a president with strength, courage and moral fortitude–one who will lead our society on a path that respects human life and dignity," she added.

In an interview with Radio Iowa, Brownback said he thought he had a good shot at faring well in the poll, perhaps even winning it.

"I won’t say that we’re going to [win it]. I don’t think that’s predictable and it doesn’t determine whether or not we move forward," Brownback said.

"But we’ve worked it hard and we think we’re starting to get some real results and think we’ve got a real chance at doing well," he said.

Candidates Rudy Giuliani and John McCain aren’t competing in the straw poll but can still get votes in it. Mitt Romney is seen as most likely to win the poll, but the results could boost candidates like Brownback or pro-life candidates like Mike Huckabee or Tom Tancredo who are also in the second-tier and down in the polls.