Senator Sam Brownback announced today he is ending his race for the 2008 republican nomination for President of the United States.
When asked why he was quitting so close to the beginning of those first votes being cast, he put it pretty frankly "I'm out of money."
Brownback says he was hoping for a first or second place finish in the Iowa straw poll to boost fundraising and media coverage. But Brownback's third place finish didn't give his campaign the steam it needed.
So what's next for Sam Brownback? He confirmed he won't be seeking another term in the senate. That fueled speculation that he could be running for Governor of Kansas in 2010 or even that he might become a Vice President running mate for a candidate still in the race. He laughed those questions off. "No, I have to mow my lawn, as my wife said...My yellow brick road ended just short of the White House this time."
He did say he is looking forward to finishing this term in the senate and plans to push his three-state solution for Iraq, a big idea he pushed during his campaign for president.