Friday, October 31, 2014

Wolf challenges Roberts to debates

By The Herald Staff | 6/9/2014

TOPEKA — Claiming U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, spends less than 50 days of the year in the state he represents, Milton Wolf, a Johnson County radiologist, has called on Roberts to join him in several debates, he said. It’s a proposition Wolf said the incumbent senator has ignored in the past.

Wolf, Roberts’ opposition in the Republican primary, announced in a news release that he is challenging Roberts to six debates, two each in Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita.

TOPEKA — Claiming U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, spends less than 50 days of the year in the state he represents, Milton Wolf, a Johnson County radiologist, has called on Roberts to join him in several debates, he said. It’s a proposition Wolf said the incumbent senator has ignored in the past.

Wolf, Roberts’ opposition in the Republican primary, announced in a news release that he is challenging Roberts to six debates, two each in Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita.

“The Kansas City, Wichita and Topeka media markets cover the vast majority of the state,” Wolf said in the statement. “I propose two debates per media market before the Aug. 5 primary. If Pat Roberts refuses this debate schedule he should offer a counter plan, or an explanation as to why he refuses to debate the issues with me in this campaign. Kansans deserve better from their U.S. senator than a permanent resident of Virginia who won’t appear before Kansans.”

Wolf compared Roberts’ refusal to debate his challenger to that of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, who Wolf claims refused to debate his challenger, Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel. After the Mississippi primary election, Cochran and McDaniel both finished with less than 50 percent of the vote, with McDaniel leading. A runoff election is set for June 24.

“[Cochran] finished in second place on Election Day because grassroots conservatives around America want answers from the establishment,” the release said.

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