Kansas Senator Sam Brownback ended his bid for the White House last month, but he’s back in Iowa today to announce he’s endorsing Republican presidential hopeful John McCain. "John’s the most pro-life candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton in the fall," Brownback said during an interview with Radio Iowa. "There’s a lot of good candidates on the Republican side and I lost to all of them, but I know all of them, then, well and they’re a good bunch, but I think John stands out."
Brownback also cited McCain’s foreign policy record as a factor, especially McCain’s repeated calls for the Bush Administration to send more troops in to stabilize Iraq. "We’re in the ‘McCain surge’ in Iraq and it’s working and I had trouble with the surge, but it’s working," Brownback said. "God bless him for fighting for it. Wish we’d have done it earlier."
According to McCain, the two have a "long history" and "friendship" from their years together in the U.S. Senate. McCain has asked Brownback to be an advisor on potential judicial nominees. "The most important responsibility in the view of many of a president of the United States is the appointment of judges. There can be two or three openings on the United States Supreme Court in the next presidential cycle," McCain said. "Sam Brownback, given his background and experience, will play a role in helping me with those very important decisions."
McCain and Brownback made a stop this morning in Dubuque. They were in Des Moines over the noon-hour and will be in Sioux City this afternoon.
Click on the audio link below to listen to McCain and Brownback speak with reporters from Radio Iowa and the Des Moines Register.