The week started with a bang for Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. While campaigning at a tractor show in Waukee, Iowa, Brownback fired a replica Civil War cannon. The Des Moines Register reports that during a ride around “on a 90-year-old steam-engine tractor, Brownback spotted the cannon, braked to a stop and hopped off… Campaign staff, running late because of an earlier event, watched and snapped photos as their man helped prepare the 6-foot-long gun. One aide eyed his watch and muttered, ‘Let’s go.”
The explosion was a fitting way to begin the week, as fellow Republican candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Tom Tancredo R-Colo. fired back in response to attacks from Team Brownback.