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Brownback addresses issues at town hall meeting

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., speaks to people gathered at a town hall meeting Tuesday at the Leavenworth County Fair in Tonganoxie. Brownback spoke with about 75 people in attendance at the meeting, which focused on health care, immigration and other issues.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., speaks to people gathered at a town hall meeting Tuesday at the Leavenworth County Fair in Tonganoxie. Brownback spoke with about 75 people in attendance at the meeting, which focused on health care, immigration and other issues.

August 13, 2009

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., visited the Leavenworth County Fair Tuesday in Tonganoxie for a town hall meeting.

Brownback, the lone candidate for the governor’s race in 2010, led a lively discussion about President Barack Obama’s health care plan, Guantanamo Bay, immigration and the direction of the Republican Party.

Regarding health care, Brownback said the country didn’t need “a revolutionary approach to this system.”

Brownback questioned mandating health care coverage. People in Kansas are required to have car insurance to operate a vehicle, Brownback noted, and he said about 10 percent of the driving population doesn’t have auto insurance. He said about 12 percent of the state’s population doesn’t have health care.

“America works best when it works freest,” Brownback said.

Gitmo talk

Brownback reiterated his stance against moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to Leavenworth and mentioned a letter from U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressing opposition to transferring terrorists to Fort Leavenworth.

In the letter, Skelton noted the fort is home to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and the Army’s General Command and General Staff College. Skelton said some Muslim countries would not send students there.

Crowd Concerns

At the fairgrounds, people lined up to talk and ask questions.

One person asked Brownback to promise to veto any legislation providing tax money for abortions. He assured the woman he was against abortion and would do so.

“I am pro-life,” Brownback said. “I have fought for the pro-life issue. I’m going to continue to fight.”

Dave Dreyer, of Topeka, said media figures such as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity shouldn’t be the voice of the Republican Party. “... You should be our voice.” Dreyer told Brownback.

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