Kansas Senator Sam Brownback dropped out of the presidential race last week in the wake of poor fundraising and polling numbers. Several of the remaining GOP candidates have contacted Senator Brownback in hopes of seeking his endorsement, including Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani and Brownback met in Washington, DC in Senator Brownback’s office several days ago, after which Brownback stated his comfort with Giuliani’s positions on social issues.
However, following the meeting, Jim Bopp, a lawyer for the National Right to Life, criticized Brownback for meeting with Mayor Giuliani simply because of their differeneces on issues such as abortion and stem cell research. The National Right to Life came to the defense of Senator Brownback in the situation. Jim Bopp is a noted far-right conservative who has often been in the headlines because of his extremist views. This is just another example of a far-right extremist being so focused on the issues that divide our Party that they are unable to see the reality that a moderate, common sense Republican who is leading in nationwide polls is the best opportunity for the GOP to retain the White House.
If the conservative Right to Life can see beyond the differences in Brownback and Giuliani, then Mr. Bopp should be able to do the same.