Brownback Supports Senate Immigration Deal

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Senator Sam Brownback joined Senator McCain and voiced support for the Senate's immigration deal during the third GOP presidential debate:

The dark-horse conservative said, "It's better than not doing anything."

With Brownback, Senators support the senate immigration deal by 16 to 6.

UPDATE: The complete exchange from the transcript is below the fold: Read on...

MR. BLITZER: [. . .] Senator Brownback, what do you say about this notion of a pathway towards citizenship for these 12 million illegal immigrants who are in the country right now? Under what circumstances would you let them begin that path?

SEN. BROWNBACK: I don’t think you create any new paths to citizenship. But I also think you allow them to be able to use paths they would currently qualify for, and to be able to get in the back of the line. And that’s part of leadership and getting something resolved.

I think — you know, we can go on a lot of slogans here. And I’ve been around this issue for a while. I was in Congress in 1994, elected then. We did the first immigration bill I was involved in then, in 1996. You know what, that was as enforcement-only bill in 1996, and we had 7 million undocumented in the country then. We’re at 12 (million) to 20 million now.

The point of saying that — and my colleagues and people up here, everybody is concerned that we get something done and get something right. I think if you do exterior enforcement, border enforcement, you do aggressive interior enforcement, and then you work on a comprehensive solution interior, that’s something that a lot of people are going to be upset with, but that can work and move us forward. And it’s better than not doing anything.

Thank you. So you support this pending compromise legislation?

SEN. BROWNBACK: If we can hold together those things in it, those things have to be in it.

MR. BLITZER: So with — you’re with — you’re with Senator McCain?

If those things are in it.

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Senator Brownback is a solid and sincere individual who has deeply-held convictions, but I have no idea why anyone would think he would be a good Presidential nominee for the GOP.

He is an absolutely awful speaker, he is awkward, inarticulate and has absolutely no charisma. Even in a conservative state like Kansas, I'm amazed he got as far as Senator.

To make matters worse, he's terrible on many important conservative issues, especially illegal immigration. His only issue is opposition to abortion. I'm sorry, but you can't win a national campaign, or even a GOP primary, on that one issue. Only a small part of the population thinks that is the most pressing issue we face as Americans.

I'm not trying to insult Brownback or his supporters, I just don't understand why he is running for President. Would you really want him up against Hillary or Obama?

"Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich. "

William F. Buckley, Jr.

he's not even really against abortion, because his immigration ideas if enacted would make abortion legal forever.

I don't know what Right To Life, the NRA and the rest of the right wing pressure groups are thinking, but they need to realize that everything they stand for is in jeopardy if this passes.

Brownback had on this really nice green tie tonight, thought it was "spiffy"....see I can come up with nice things to say about the Senator from Kansas.

Still won't vote for him though.


I agree Sam has no appeal and would have no chance against Obama or Hillary. But lets also include these GOP candidates to the list of why they are running and who has no chance.

Thompson (Fred) if he is really running

Mike C

Why do these guys persist in signing their own political death warrant? Do they really think aligning themselves with the prez is going to help their prospects?

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Sam Brownback will support amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. For many years, Brownback has supported rewarding millions of illegal aliens with legal status and a path to citizenship.

"The defense of our nation begins with the defense of our borders." - Rep. Tom Tancredo and

...However, even though I know his reasons, it still looks funny to see Obama as the lone Democrat against the bill. That one VERY Liberal blue name amongst all those conservative red ones. Such a contrast...

"The Nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten."
--Calvin Coolidge

in him. He's done. He never had a chance, but now his Presidential aspirations, along with McCain's, should be toast.

Frank Katz

I guess Sam will have to turn in his conservative card soon.

Mike C

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