U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., joked today it was a good thing he wasn’t in Oklahoma City to raise money for his presidential campaign.
The University of Kansas Jayhawks earlier in the day beat the University of Oklahoma, knocking the Sooners out of the men’s Big 12 Championship being played at the Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brownback is considered among the second tier of Republicans in the 2008 presidential sweepstakes, but he said he is encouraged by straw polls taken the past week that place him third or fourth.
In Oklahoma City to receive a public service award from a Roman Catholic group, he left tonight to campaign in Iowa, one of the states with an early caucus or primary in 2008.
Brownback said he supports passage of an optional flat tax, personal Social Security accounts, developing energy security within 15 years and limiting federal spending.
He is against abortion and said marriage is the union between a man and a woman.
“I believe we’ve got to rebuild the family and renew the culture in the country,” he said. “We’ve got 36 percent of our children born out of wedlock. You can raise a good child in that setting, but it comes much more difficult.”
Previous commitments have him campaigning this weekend in Iowa and St. Louis, which will prevent him from returning to Oklahoma City to watch Kansas play Saturday or possibly Sunday in the title game.