Brownback urges reluctant Republicans to turn out for Trump, notes Supreme Court nomination at stake in election

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While acknowledging he was one of many Republicans not initially supporting the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday urged GOP voters to rally behind the GOP nominee.

“This is one of the craziest election cycles I’ve ever seen,” Brownback told a gathering of the Northeast Johnson County Conservatives.

“I’m voting for Trump…the last thing I want is Hillary Clinton naming (late Supreme Court Justice) Antonin Scalia’s replacement.”

Responding to a question from the audience, Brownback said the best way to unite Republicans was to “get behind everybody with an ‘R’ behind the name.”

“I understand it was a divisive primary, both for president and the legislature. If you don’t vote for our candidate, it’s a vote for the other team. Passion is critically important in elections.”

The audience of about 70 people greeted Brownback’s exhortation with applause, and the topic of choosing judges was not limited to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before the governor’s talk, Carol Dengel, national director of Kansans for Life, urged them to oust judges on the State Supreme Court and State Court of Appeals who she said were “pro-abortion.”

“This is the year we do it,” she said. “They’re activist judges and we have to get rid of them.”

Brownback had originally supported Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s candidacy, but endorsed Trump after it became apparent he’d won the candidacy in May. He now serves on the committee advising Trump on agricultural issues.

The governor also described himself as a good friend of Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. He warned Clinton would continue the policies of the Obama administration.

“Donald Trump wasn’t my first pick, but the primary is over,” he said. “The Supreme Court is in play, the war on terrorism in in play, regulations are suffocating us..this would be more of Obama.”