Kansas Republican Sen. (and GOP presidential candidate) Sam Brownback did a teleconference with local media this morning. Highlights:
The biggie: He did not rule out voting against funding for President Bush's troop escalation in Iraq, saying only "I'm not at that point." (Brownback was among the first Republicans to publicly oppose the 20,000-plus troop escalation). Brownback said he'd like Congress to focus on "what we can support, not what we're opposed to."
He was "delighted" by the president's State of the Union challenge to get Americans to cut gasoline use by 20 percent in the next 10 years: "I think that will be fantastic for Kansas," Brownback predicted, citing ethanol, bio-diesel and other emerging alternative fuels.
He will vote for an increase in the minimum wage if the bill includes tax breaks for small business. Brownback missed a vote on a Democratic effort to cut off debate yesterday because he was campaigning in Boston. He said he would have voted no (The effort failed. Democrats want to pass a "clean bill" with no amendments relating to tax breaks).
Posted by Matt Stearns