KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- GOP movers and shakers are in the the metro for The Kansas State Republican Convention and Missouri's Lincoln Days. Steve Forbes, the chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media is the guest speaker at Kansas City's convention on Saturday night.
People in Kansas City are rubbing elbows with elected officials. Kansas governor Sam Brownback says Kansas could play a more significant role in deciding the next republican nominee.
"Normally, in the presidential cycle it is all resolved by the time it come to Kansas," said Gov. Brownback. "A lot of times it's over after Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, it's pretty well resolved."
The governor says less than 10 percent of the delegates are committed and the race for the nomination is in Brownback's words "a horse race".
"Normally, you'd look at it and say Romney has the better organization it's a big organization task, but Rick Santorum has gain momentum in a number of key states," Brownback said.
The governor says New Gingrich has done well in key states, too. Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is considered among the contenders to be tapped as a vice presidential candidate.
"That's not my decision at all it's up to our nominee, but I think anybody who gets a call from a presidential candidate saying you can help me, the country,of course you'd listen to that but right now I'm not expecting it and I"m not asking for it," said Virginia governor Bob McDonnell.
McDonnell has a lot on his pate. His state is considering a bill that would require women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound and listen to the fetus' heartbeat before a woman can terminate pregnancy.
"Providing full and complete information from healthcare information from risks and alternatives to being able to see an ultrasound picture is all fair for woman before they make a choice," Gov. McDonnell said.
McDonnell says if the bill becomes law, Virginia will be among several other states with similar mandates.
On a lighter note, Gov. McDonnell says he was duped by Gov. Brownback to come to Kansas. He says the governor asked if he believes in the first amendment to free speech. He responded yes and then told the crowd the governor told him okay then come to Kansas and give one.