By Fred Mann
During a campaign stop in Wichita on Tuesday, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul urged Kansas voters to re-elect Gov. Sam Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts.
“You have to come together,” he told a rally of about 200 people at Jabara Airport in northeast Wichita. “We’re counting on you Kansas. You’re a Republican state, for goodness sakes.”
Roberts, Brownback, and U.S. Reps. Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp also spoke at the rally, as did Brownback’s running mate, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.
Brownback is trying to fend off a challenge from Democrat Paul Davis, while Roberts is in a tight race against independent candidate Greg Orman.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks during a rally at Jabara Airport. He was there to support Governor Sam Brownback and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts. (October 28, 2014)
U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks during a rally at Jabara Airport. He was there to support Governor Sam Brownback and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts. (October 28, 2014) | Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle
Paul said that if voters send 49 Republicans to the U.S. Senate but leave out Roberts, “you get nothing. You get 100 percent Harry Reid, you get 100 percent liberal agenda, you get no tax relief, you get no regulatory relief.”
Paul said the country has 20,000 pages of regulations costing the economy $2 trillion, most of them written by the Obama administration. He praised Roberts for helping him work on legislation that would require Congressional approval for regulations costing the economy more than $100 million.
“We would make those regulations come back and be voted on by your representatives,” Paul said.
Paul, often mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, also said Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton discount individuals and American ingenuity in creating businesses and jobs.
He said he is endorsing Roberts and Brownback, because “they know that businesses do create jobs.”