Sam Brownback Defends John McCain Against Rick Santorum’s Criticism

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 15, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 15,

Washington, DC ( — Sam Brownback has come to the defense of his Senate colleague John McCain — the candidate he’s endorsed for the Republican nomination for president. McCain has come under fire from a former colleague, pro-life Sen. Rick Santorum, who says he wasn’t sufficiently pro-life and bemoaned votes on key pro-life bills.

As reported on Monday, Santorum said he doesn’t think the Arizona senator shares the same zeal pro-life advocates have.

"I can tell you, inside the room, when we were in these meetings, there was nobody who fought harder not to have these votes before the United States Senate on some of the most important social conservative issues, whether it’s … abortion or the like," he said about McCain.

Brownback told on Tuesday that Santorum’s assessment isn’t completely fair or accurate.

"The suggestion that John McCain was not a consistent conservative in the Senate is flat wrong," Brownback said. "I have seen John operate out of the public view and there is one thing I know for sure: John McCain is a Reagan conservative we can trust."

Brownback told that McCain has a clear "respect for life" and a record over 25 years of supporting "conservative judges."

"The fact is, John McCain was voting consistently pro-life in the 1980’s long before it became politically safe to do so," Brownback explained. "His record is not only one of Reagan conservatism, but also of consistency."

"Further, John brings a great moral authority in his positions to public service because his life experiences have always made his arguments more persuasive and effective in the various battles that we have fought together," Brownback concluded.