Brownback Tries to Give McCain a Boost

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Just days before the Iowa caucuses, presidential hopeful John McCain has enlisted Kansas Senator and fellow Republican Sam Brownback to try to win Catholic voters.

Brownback -- who dropped out of the presidential race in October -- is co-chairman of Catholics for McCain. The move is seen as an attempt by McCain to lure Christian conservatives, who could have a significant impact at Republican caucuses Thursday in Iowa.

In a statement, Brownback calls McCain "a genuine American hero with a conservative record who has what it takes to lead this country."

Evangelicals have been wary of McCain since 2000, when he criticized Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson as "agents of intolerance."

So far, most Iowa evangelicals support former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts.

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