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Roberts won't debate Wolf before Kansas primary
newsobserver.com ^ | 7/18/14

Posted on 07/19/2014 7:02:55 AM PDT by cotton1706

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts won't debate tea party challenger Milton Wolf ahead of the state's Aug. 5 Republican primary.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Roberts executive campaign manager Leroy Towns said Friday that Wolf has failed to outline positions beyond what Towns called vague rhetoric and false attacks on the senator.

Wolf campaign spokesman Ben Hartman said it's unbecoming for Roberts to duck debates and noted that Roberts previously had promised publicly to have them.

The 78-year-old Roberts is seeking his fourth, six-year term in the Senate. Wolf is a 43-year-old radiologist making his first run for public office.

Two lesser-known candidates also are on the GOP ballot. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor and Lawrence attorney Patrick Wiesner are seeking the Democratic nomination.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; elections; ks2014

1 posted on 07/19/2014 7:02:55 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

He doesn’t need to debate and take the chance of screwing up. Roberts is going to win regardless.


2 posted on 07/19/2014 7:05:23 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

“He doesn’t need to debate and take the chance of screwing up. Roberts is going to win regardless.”

Of course. It’s smart politics, but also smacks of elitism and aristocracy. Cornyn, McConnell, Cochran, Alexander, Roberts, none of them want an open debate to defend their records. And Graham only agreed to debate at the very last minute.

They all may win in the end, but their Establishment elitism is shining through.


3 posted on 07/19/2014 7:09:22 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706

I am always wary of “Tea Party” candidates who have no discernible history of Conservatism. Does Wolf have any voting record?


4 posted on 07/19/2014 7:12:04 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: cotton1706

5 posted on 07/19/2014 7:12:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: cotton1706
They all may win in the end, but their Establishment elitism is shining through.

Yep. Look up 'establishment elitism' in the dictionary and you'll find all their pictures next to the definition.

6 posted on 07/19/2014 7:13:32 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

The elite don’t have to mix with the common folk, right Dawg. Maybe you don’t feel it necessary to hold GOPe senators accountable but I do. Wolf would make Roberts look like the senile old Washington establishment that make up the US Senate. If your happy with Ditch McConnell and the band going along with Obama, vote the status quo. Where has the GOP been on the IRS scandal? Not one has called for the elimination of the IRS. They get what they deserve.


7 posted on 07/19/2014 7:13:34 AM PDT by Lets Roll NOW (A baby isn't a punishment, Obama is)
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To: originalbuckeye
I am always wary of “Tea Party” candidates who have no discernible history of Conservatism. Does Wolf have any voting record?

Apparently not. Roberts has been running ads in the KC media market saying Wolf hasn't voted in years.

8 posted on 07/19/2014 7:14:36 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: cotton1706
WAKE UP VOTERS IN KANSAS AND THE REST OF THIS NATION AS WELL...

TERM LIMITS ARE A MUST...AND THESE OLD TIMERS NEED TO RETIRE..at 76 Roberts needs to be sent home. the grey matter is gone and I'm 71 so I'm not picking on Seniors, but there comes a time to admit THAT.....

AGE MATTERS...PLEASE NOTE THAT HILLARY CLINTON...

9 posted on 07/19/2014 7:15:35 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: Lets Roll NOW
Maybe you don’t feel it necessary to hold GOPe senators accountable but I do. Wolf would make Roberts look like the senile old Washington establishment that make up the US Senate.

I'm making a statement of fact and you're assuming I'm approving of the decision and am a Roberts supporter. Is jumping to conclusions the only exercise you get?

10 posted on 07/19/2014 7:16:29 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: haircutter
AGE MATTERS...PLEASE NOTE THAT HILLARY CLINTON...

I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you but if she gets elected then Clinton will only be a few months older than Reagan was when he was sworn in for his first term.

As for Roberts, I'm tired of Senators and Congressmen who view it as a job for life. Strom Thurmond was 100 when he was in office. Byrd was 92. That Republican in Texas who lost his primary was 91. For God's sake even the Catholic Church has decided that Cardinal's over 80 can't vote for Pope. We're letting dotards run our country.

11 posted on 07/19/2014 7:22:23 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg
Roberts has been running ads in the KC media market saying Wolf hasn't voted in years.

Roberts is pushing that on his facebook page, too, but he's getting more backlash trolling than support.

12 posted on 07/19/2014 7:31:16 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Paine in the Neck
Roberts is pushing that on his facebook page, too, but he's getting more backlash trolling than support.

I've seen one ad by Roberts where the schlub says he's voting for Roberts because he was a fellow former Marine. I've seen ads for Roberts attacking Wolf for those x-rays on Facebook and his voting record. You don't see any ads on where Roberts stands. That's the limit to his campaign strategy. But it'll be enough to reelect him.

13 posted on 07/19/2014 7:43:21 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

Sometimes the Tea Party jumps on the bandwagon of someone who SAYS they are Conservative and does not properly vet the person. Just sayin’.


14 posted on 07/19/2014 7:45:06 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: cotton1706

I ran in the primary against our incumbent establishment Republican governor. He wouldn’t debate me either. Which is a gross disservice to the citizenry.


15 posted on 07/19/2014 7:47:40 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: originalbuckeye
Sometimes the Tea Party jumps on the bandwagon of someone who SAYS they are Conservative and does not properly vet the person. Just sayin’.

The only threat to Roberts would have been if someone ran more to the center than he did. For most of his career Roberts has been a fiscal conservative and social moderate. Current shift to the right aside, the moderates in eastern Kansas aren't going to go for someone more Conservative than Roberts is.

16 posted on 07/19/2014 8:00:51 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: cotton1706

If there’s ever a time when you would think that anti establishment sentiment ought to be sky high, and especially so with Republican voters, that time ought to be now.

Anyway, I already think that the country is over and a Pat Roberts win would just be further proof of that, in my opinion.


17 posted on 07/19/2014 8:12:41 AM PDT by bluedogpdx
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To: originalbuckeye

“Does Wolf have any voting record?”

He’s a doctor, so no. And neither did Pat Roberts when he was elected a congressman after his boss (Sebelius, sound familiar?) decided to retire.


18 posted on 07/19/2014 8:23:25 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706

That’s HIS seat. It is outrageous that anyone would even consider challenging him for it. It’s outrageous that the voters would even consider voting for anyone else.


19 posted on 07/19/2014 8:33:17 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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“That’s HIS seat. It is outrageous that anyone would even consider challenging him for it. It’s outrageous that the voters would even consider voting for anyone else.”

I certainly hope you’re being sarcastic.


20 posted on 07/19/2014 8:36:30 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706

I certainly hope you’re being sarcastic. Otherwise, you have the IQ of a turnip.


21 posted on 07/19/2014 8:38:03 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: DoodleDawg

And there were signs Reagan had begun to lose his mental edge before his second term ended.

Very,very ,very few people are physically and mentally able to keep up with the pressures and pace of everyday working life past their mid-seventies.The current aged Senators,Congressmen, and judges are all examples of why they should step aside gracefully .


22 posted on 07/19/2014 8:38:30 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: originalbuckeye

Does Wolf have any voting record?
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WHAT A DUMB ASS QUESTION! Yeah, in 6th Grade he voted for less playground reglations. How the hell can he have a “voting record” when he is not a politician, he is a “citizen candidate” as envisioned by the founding fathers? Your “Only Life-long Politicians are Eleigible to Serve” credentials are showing through.


23 posted on 07/19/2014 9:13:42 AM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept me from going insane.)
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To: DoodleDawg

“you’re assuming I’m approving of the decision and am a Roberts supporter”

You sound like it.


24 posted on 07/19/2014 9:17:38 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: DoodleDawg

Clinton will only be a few months older than Reagan was when he was sworn in for his first term.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Hillary Clinton is no Ronald Reagan.


25 posted on 07/19/2014 9:19:59 AM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept me from going insane.)
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To: cotton1706

I think it should be mandatory. Anthony Brown the Democratic Nominee for Governor of Maryland refused to debate the other Democratic nominees and guess what? The dang guy won the nomination. That to me is so unfair. I will be voting for Hogan the Republican nominee. However, even though it was a Democratic debate, I still thought it was unfair for Brown not to participate.


26 posted on 07/19/2014 9:43:41 AM PDT by napscoordinator (I guarantee every FRiend Misses the lost opportunity of a President Santorum!)
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To: Din Maker

Hillary Clinton is no Ronald Reagan.

Nobody said she was. We are just discussing ageism and whether it should be taken into consideration......I say yes.


27 posted on 07/19/2014 9:46:05 AM PDT by napscoordinator (I guarantee every FRiend Misses the lost opportunity of a President Santorum!)
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To: cotton1706
The 78-year-old Roberts is seeking his fourth, six-year term in the Senate. Wolf is a 43-year-old radiologist making his first run for public office.

Term limits needed. Roberts is prolly afraid of the debate for fear he'll drool all over the lecturn.

28 posted on 07/19/2014 9:51:53 AM PDT by upchuck (The country is being billed for its own execution. ~ h/t: SpaceBar)
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