Brownback Tells Romney Not To Count On Iowa Victory

Washington (AP) -- Even with Rudy Giuliani and John McCain bowing out of the Iowa Straw Poll, Rival Mitt Romney shouldn't be claiming victory just yet.

That's according to one of his GOP rivals, Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, who tells the AP that the Iowa Poll won't be a "coronation" for Romney.

He's calling on Romney and others to debate before and during the poll.

Romney had called it a "gift" when Giuliani and McCain bowed out of the poll. He said it showed that they "couldn't keep up" with him in Iowa.

Brownback is popular among conservatives who influence the Iowa Caucuses. He's been hoping for a strong showing against the top-tier candidates.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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