Brownback endorses Perry for president

Gov. Sam Brownback

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback announced this morning that he endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president. In a news release, he cited Perry’s record on creating jobs and reducing taxes.

“Rick Perry is the right leader for this moment in history,” Brownback said in a prepared statement. “Now, more than ever, America needs a president who knows how to create jobs and stop Washington’s runaway spending.”

Brownback will attend tonight’s GOP debate in Orlando, Fla. The Perry campaign will pay for Brownback’s travel expenses.

Brownback’s link to Perry became national news last month when Brownback attended a national prayer rally called The Response at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Perry had invited all of the nation’s governors, members of Congress and the Obama Administration. Brownback was the only governor besides Perry to speak at the rally, although Florida Gov. Rick Scott provided comments on a recorded video.

Brownback, who paid for his travel expenses, read two passages from the Bible, Matthew 5:3-16 and 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, and offered a prayer during the event, according to the Kansas City Star.

In 2008, Brownback ran for president. But he withdrew his candidacy after failing to raise sufficient money and a poor finish in an Iowa straw poll. Brownback later endorsed Arizona Sen. John McCain.