27 Days and Counting: Tiahrt Refuses to Discuss Debates
WICHITA—On June 3rd, Congressman Mike Pompeo challenged Mr. Tiahrt to five debates across the district. The Tiahrt campaign has refused to even respond to the Pompeo campaign regarding this challenge. Direct messages sent from the Pompeo campaign to the Tiahrt campaign have gone unanswered for 27 days and still counting.
Alan Cobb, senior advisor to the Pompeo campaign, made the following statement: “The Tiahrt campaign refuses to engage with us in a debate discussion.”
Cobb continued, “We have heard through the grapevine that Tiahrt has agreed to a couple of opportunities and the accompanying rules, but then we heard he’d backed out. Who knows? I am sure that a direct, adult discussion between the two campaigns would yield what Kansans deserve – enough opportunities to hear about the massive differences between the two candidates. We’re still waiting.”
“It could be that it is embarrassing for Mr. Tiahrt to even think about facing a debate challenge against someone he has twice endorsed and given that a number of his statements about Congressman Pompeo have already been deemed false and misleading by the media. Mr. Tiahrt is out of step with the majority of Kansans, which is why he has been eager to launch false and negative attacks on Mike but refused to even talk face-to-face about setting up serious debates.”
Mike Pompeo is a longtime job creator in Kansas, having grown companies in the aviation and oil and gas industries. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Pompeo was elected to the United States Congress in his first political campaign in 2010. He and his wife, Susan, live in Wichita.
Mike has already been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansans for Life, the National Right to Life Committee, Family Research Council Action PAC, Club for Growth PAC, FreedomWorks, Tea Party Nation, the US. Chamber of Commerce, Governor Brownback, Senator Moran, and Senator Roberts. He also has been recognized as a leading conservative voice by Americans for Prosperity, the American Conservative Union, National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, Heritage Action, Americans for Tax Reform, and Family Research Council.