Daily Archives: July 2, 2013

Brownback wants GOP to keep talking about social issues

Gov. Sam Brownback thinks Mitt Romney focused too much on economic issues during his 2012 presidential campaign. “I think he would have been better off talking about the social issues more,” Brownback told the Associated Press before speaking Friday at a fundraiser for the Arkansas Republican Party. Many strategists have urged the GOP to talk less about social issues, noting how anti-abortion comments cost them two winnable Senate races and have hurt their appeal to women. But Brownback, who may be eyeing another presidential run, said Republicans need to continue fighting abortion. “If you believe this is a life,” he said, “how do you not fight for a life?” The website Kansas Watchdog paraphrased Brownback’s message as, “It’s not the economy, stupid.”

‘Meet the Press’ meets Huelskamp

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, took his push for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage to NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. Speaking from Great Bend, Huelskamp called the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions “outrageous” and variously said “they’ve taken upon themselves to rewrite the Constitution,” “decided the desires of adults should trump the needs of children” and “attempted to short-circuit the democratic process.” Asked by host David Gregory what he has against gays and lesbians marrying, Huelskamp said that for centuries, “every major world religion has identified marriage as between a man and a woman, and that’s the simple issue here.” And forget GOP strategists who think the debate is over, he said: “There are more folks today that are opposed to abortion than support homosexual marriage. But the real issue here is: Who gets to decide? Do five justices get to decide or do the American people get to decide?”