Tonight on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Sam Brownback was interviewed regarding his John McCain endorsement. Transcript follows…
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Senator Brownback, you ran a tough campaign. You were in there for the longest time. Now you are supporting one of the guys who survives you
in this contest, John McCain. Why him, among all your rivals, have you chosen him to endorse?
SEN. SAM BROWNBACK (R), KANSAS: You know, there`s a number of good
candidates on the Republican side, Chris, but I think John is the full package. He`s a fiscal conservative. He`s got a 24-year pro-life voting record. He`s a pro-life candidate that can beat Hillary Clinton in the fall. He has foreign policy experience, which I think is important. And the guy is clearly ready to be commander in chief. I had real questions about the surge, but this is the McCain surge. It`s working in Iraq. And I think that full package is such that I think I ought to support him. And, on top of that, he`s a legitimate American hero. He put his life on the line. He was in a Vietnam prisoner of war
camp. He`s done it all. And I think he deserves my support and I think he deserves the support of the country.
MATTHEWS: Is this a personal endorsement of a man you respect, as you
have said, or is it an endorsement of his policy on Iraq?