It look's like you don't have Adobe Flash Player installed. Get it now.
Kansas Senator Sam Brownback gave a keynote address Thursday night as part of Missouri State University's Public Affairs Conference. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Political Science Professor Ken Rutherford introduced Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas to a crowd of about 200 people at the Plaster Student Union Theatre Thursday night.
Brownback has been mentioned as a possible presidential contender in 2008, a race he would not commit to entering when asked about his intentions at a press conference after his speech.
Brownback made his speech one day after former vice presidential candidate Democrat John Edwards was on campus to delivery his own speech for the Public Affairs Conference.
Brownback applauded the university for bringing in members of both major political parties for the conference.
The theme of Brownback's keynote address: The New American Exceptionalism.
Brownback didn't waste much time discussing what he says are the key issues facing the country: the need to reduce, reform and return.
As for the need to reduce, Brownback says government is too large.
He suggested a wider application of the Base Re-Alignment and Closure process or BRAC, which requires lawmakers to vote up or down on military base closure recommendations without amending them.
Secondly, Brownback talked about what he described as the need to reform, particularly in the area of immigration.
And for his final point, the need to return...Brownback talked about the need to return to values.
Here, he talked about the need for Congress to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
At a press conference after his speech, a reporter asked what Brownback would do if he found out one of his children were gay.
The Public Affairs Conference continues with a keynote address today at noon in Plaster Student Union Theatre by Former U-S Senator David Pryor, a democrat from Arkansas.