Another entry from Brian Lawson, who writes for this blog and his own here.
Speaking for a mixture of students and professors, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback laid out his Social Security plan. Brownback told the audience he wanted to change the system because "It's a system that worked great for my grandparents. It's working pretty well for my parents. It's working so-so for my generation, the baby boomer generation. It stinks for my kids." The Senator's plan would allow people to put five percent of their taxable income into private accounts. William Shipman, an advocate of Social Security reform, joined Brownback.
What: Kansas Senator Sam Brownback Speaks at Social Security Forum
Where: The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.
How many people: 35 people, 20 of which were students
What media was there: AP, WMUR, NECN, Union Leader, St. Anselm Crier, 2 TV cameras, 1 photographer
Best quote of the event: "The last presidential debate that was here they asked Rudy Giuliani his view on life and abortion and there was thunder around I'm not sure how you set that up, Father, wow I'm impressed," said Brownback to a Saint Anselm priest.
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Kansas Senator Sam Brownback said politically speaking he understands why Fred Thompson is not participating in tomorrow's Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire.
"From his point of view I can see why he believes there isn't a lot of political upside to his attending the debate," Brownback told reporters after an event in social security.
Asked how he feels about the storyline that Thompson is entering the race as a "true conservative", Brownback said he "would happily compare my record to anyone's."
Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, a Republican presidential candidate, attended a number of small events in New Hampshire Monday.
Brownback admitted in a taping at WMUR’s “Conversation with the Candidates” series that he faces hurdles to getting the nomination because polls suggest that he is behind John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, and Mitt Romney.
Brownback has spent most of his time campaigning for president in Iowa and South Carolina, states that might be more receptive to his social conservative message.
Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, who is running against Mitt Romney for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, released a list of Bay State supporters today.
Brownback has been trying to position himself as the true conservative in the field.
Among those supporting him are:
- Professor Dwight Duncan of Cambridge, Southern New England School of Law
- Anne Fox of Needham, Past Chairman, Massachusetts Citizens for Life
- Linda Kinsey of North Adams, Past Chairman, Berkshire Citizens for Life
- Carol McKinley of Pembroke; Founder, Faithful Voice
- Christine Milbury of Sharon; Director, Pregnancy Services
- Roderick Murphy of Southbridge; Treasurer, Life-Guard PAC, a pro-life group
- R.T. Neary of Medfield; Past President, Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Senator Sam Brownback, Republican of Kansas, will file papers that allow him to raise money to run for president, the Associated Press reports.
Brownback has visited New Hampshire three times and did not appear to be catching that much support in the Granite State. The key for Brownback, a social conservative, is a strong showing in Iowa. He has visited that state several times in the past two years and he will have a challenge for the very conservative voters in Western Iowa with Governor Mike Huckabee if he joins the race.