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Brownback chats in Leavenworth

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., discusses issues Friday with local residents at the Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., discusses issues Friday with local residents at the Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth.

April 30, 2008

Leavenworth Republicans were given a special treat as Sen. Sam Brownback continued his 105-county tour Friday in Leavenworth.

The Kansas senator came to the Riverfront Community Center to talk about the issues he felt were really important.

"The biggest concern currently is the economy," Brownback said. "We are trying to balance the economy, the ecology and energy.

"You can do all of these three things, but you got to balance it. It's going to take some time and effort to get this done."

He said he was looking at overturning a $40 billion contract given to the European Aeronautic Defense Company for new refueling tankers.

"There are two things you shouldn't be dependent on other countries for, your food and defense," Brownback said.

A majority of the half-hour speech was devoted to the topic of immigration. Many of the more than 20 community members in the audience had concerns about unprotected borders and immigrants coming to this country to have children they referred to as "anchor babies."

Brownback said he supported building a wall, but he knew that wouldn't solve the problem. The real solution would be in reforming the immigration system to possibly include a worker program for immigrants to come to the United States and work during the season.

The senator also touched on a recent editorial he wrote about John McCain's plan to move Guantanamo prisoners to the disciplinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth.

"We are going to fight the use of the prisoners coming here," he said. "I don't think you should say we are going to close Guantanamo down until you have a rational answer with what you are going to do after you close Guantanamo down.

"The right answer isn't to bring them to Leavenworth where it's not set up; it's not ready for it."

He also questions its legality with the Geneva Convention.

As for the senator's future, Brownback said he may be looking toward running for Kansas governor in 2010 after his senate term expires this year.

I'm working to get John McCain elected to president," Brownback said. "After the fall I will see whether or not to get involved in the governor's race."

Brownback pledged to limit his stay in the senate to two terms.

Late last year, Brownback dropped out of the presidential elections.

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