Sam Brownback Quits Presidential Race, Says Abortion Advocate Won’t Win

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 19, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 19,

Washington, DC ( — Sam Brownback officially ended his bid for the Republican nomination for president on Friday and he told the media that he is certain a pro-abortion candidate won’t capture the party’s nod. That’s a clear reference to pro-abortion candidate Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City.

Trailing in both the polls and fundraising, Brownback found himself in a position unable to compete with several better-funded rivals.

"Today I’m ending my candidacy. My yellow brick road just came short of the White House this time," he said in a news conference Friday afternoon. "We’re out of money."

In remarks to the Cybercast News Service on Friday, Brownback said he was confident that a pro-abortion candidate would not represent the GOP in next year’s presidential battle.

"He is not going to be the nominee," he said of Giuliani. The party is not going to nominate a pro-choice candidate. It is a pro-life party with a pro-choice wing."

Asked whether he would support Giuliani should he win the party’s nod, Brownback insisted Giuliani would not win the primary.

"It is not going to happen…it’s just not going to happen," Brownback added.

Brownback is not expected to run for his Kansas senate seat but is considered a top candidate for governor in 2010.

The former candidate has yet to make an endorsement of any of his competitors but both Mike Huckabee, the pro-life former Arkansas governor, and Rudy Giuliani, the pro-abortion former New York City mayor, said they hoped his supporters would join them.

”Sam and I agree on so many things, particularly on issues of the culture of our nation, the sanctity of life," Huckabee told the Associated Press. ”I think that people who have supported Senator Brownback and have done it faithfully will be very comfortable and at home supporting me, and I certainly welcome them.”

Giuliani was equally hopeful in his comments to the news service.

”You know I’m an optimist, so I think I can win over some of his supporters,” he said.