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Brownback and Jesus

One correction to Ryan Sager’s description of Sam Brownback’s speech at the Iowa Straw Poll.  Sager wrote, “Senator Brownback of Kansas, the third-place finisher, declared as he often does in his stump speech: ‘All for Jesus.  All for Jesus.  All for Jesus.  All for Jesus.’”  I have to confess that I had gone outside to follow Huckabee and Romney during the Brownback speech.  But you can watch it, and all the others, on C-Span’s website.  In the portion of the speech that Sager cited, Brownback explained that he met Mother Teresa once, when she came to Congress, and he was given the assignment of accompanying her to her car: “As I put her in the car, she grabbed my hand, she looked me in the eyes and said three words four times: ‘All for Jesus.  All for Jesus.  All for Jesus.  All for Jesus.’  It was her faith that powered her to help millions.  Faith is a good thing, not a bad thing.”  Now, you can argue one way or the other about whether Brownback was saying a president should govern by Mother Teresa’s words.  But “All for Jesus” was his quotation of her statement to him.

Byron York — Byron York is is the author of The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.

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