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3 GOP candidates clash in televised forum

July 24, 2006

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— Signs of life were visible Sunday in the Republican Party primary for governor during a live televised forum.

While three candidates reserved their major verbal attacks for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat seeking re-election, the GOP hopefuls began to jab each other as the Aug.1 primary nears.

State Sen. Jim Barnett, author and consultant Ken Canfield and former House Speaker Robin Jennison clashed over taxes, gambling, embryonic stem cell research, school finance and government debt during the one-hour forum on KSNT-TV.

It was a mostly low-key event, much like the rest of the campaign, with the three agreeing on tougher restrictions on abortion and reining in the Kansas Supreme Court, while they also devoted time to bash illegal immigrants.

Their differences, however, were featured during a portion of the forum where a candidate could ask another candidate a question.

Canfield, of Overland Park, questioned Barnett's support earlier in his legislative career for a tax increase.

Barnett, of Emporia, said he made "tough choices" in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attack, which sent the national and state budgets into a tailspin.

Now, Barnett said, with the budget in good shape, the state needs to control spending and cut taxes "so Kansas can catch up to our neighbors, so we can grow and have economic prosperity."

Barnett asked Jennison to explain his support of expanded casinos, and Canfield asked Jennison why he supported embryonic stem cell research. Barnett and Canfield said they opposed both expansion of gambling and embryonic stem cell research.

Jennison, who lobbied for expanded gambling after leaving the Legislature, said he was tired of seeing Kansas dollars go to gambling in other states.

He said he wouldn't push for new casinos as governor but would support the Legislature if it approved allowing destination casinos.

On embryonic stem cell research, Jennison said if he had a loved one needing help from such research, he would welcome it. "So, it would be hypocritical of me to then deny that opportunity to Kansans," he said.

Barnett also questioned Canfield's $1 billion bond proposal to provide venture capital, saying that would deepen the state's debt. Canfield said those funds would be raised privately, although when he rolled out the proposal, he had said it would be a combination of private and public funds.

Meanwhile, Jennison's questions to his fellow candidates were big softballs - one asking Canfield to answer why it would be better to have a Republican governor, and one asking Barnett to give examples of Sebelius' "lack of leadership."

In questions from viewers, the candidates said they would like to see further restrictions on abortion, with Canfield and Jennison saying they supported overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion.

Canfield stated, "Roe v. Wade will be overturned." And, he said, he was anxious to lead a discussion to end "the atrocities in Wichita," where Dr. George Tiller provides late-term abortions.

During the forum, Jennison and Barnett said they opposed the $466 million, three-year school finance bill approved by the Legislature, while Canfield said he supported it.

Four other Republican candidates - Rex Crowell, a former legislator from Longton; Dennis Hawver, an attorney from Ozawkie; Tim Pickell, an attorney from Prairie Village; and Richard Rodewald, a retiree from Eudora, were not invited to the forum.

KSNT-TV officials said they believed Barnett, Canfield and Jennison were the three main candidates and having them discuss their positions for an hour would be a better service for voters.

Comments

oldgranny 8 years, 10 months ago

" Signs of life were visible Sunday in the Republican Party". Yes "attack" "jab" "bash" were all words used in the first 4 paragraghs of this article. It is the only kind of life the republicans know how to show these days. Kind of like a child who only knows how to use potty mouth words to get attention.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 10 months ago

Tim Pickell who comes off as a moderate thinker was not invited hmmmmm

Why have these forums if everybody is not invited?

Richard Heckler 8 years, 10 months ago

Four other Republican candidates - Rex Crowell, a former legislator from Longton; Dennis Hawver, an attorney from Ozawkie; Tim Pickell, an attorney from Prairie Village; and Richard Rodewald, a retiree from Eudora, were not invited to the forum.

Is the media picking the candidates instead of the voters?

Ken Miller 8 years, 10 months ago

Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber (Canfield). Line right up to spend your campaign money to be fed into the Sebelius buzzsaw.

lunacydetector 8 years, 10 months ago

tell me the RINO's (republican in name only), so i won't vote for them.

Jamesaust 8 years, 10 months ago

'Meanwhile, Jennison's questions to his fellow candidates were big softballs - one asking Canfield to answer why it would be better to have a Republican governor, and one asking Barnett to give examples of Sebelius' "lack of leadership."'

So, I take it that Jennison has concluded he can't win and is now looking to "work with" either Barnett or Canfield.

So, the choice is Barnett - a sort of 'Bill Frist' clone - or Canfield - a sort of 'Dr. Phil' figure.

Barnett has shown up on TV with ads first meaning he's been more successful in selling himself to contributors with money. As a physician, one wonders if, like Frist, he'll be diagnosing the brain-dead from afar. Canfield is the one who wants the state to borrow $1b to fund entrepreneurial business in the state and the one who has pushed loudest (some) family values (and so has received the biggest unabashed Christianist endorsements - so unabashed that he's felt the need to back away a bit from them). Still, Barnett is the one running with "shoot first, gets your facts straight-never" Susan Wagle, so don't cross him off the prayer-list just yet.

(Too bad voting began days ago.)

GOPConservative 8 years, 10 months ago

Our Party will never regain its strength in Kansas until we remove the destructive stranglehold of the extremist right wing.

These people do not believe in the traditional Republican values of free enterprise, limited government, privacy and fiscal responsibility. Instead, they push for a more intrusive government that costs the taxpayer money, invades our privacy and leaves our children ignorant, misinformed and unable to compete in the modern world.

We need to quit allowing the likes of Ryun, Kline, Brownback, Shallenberger and the six goofy members of the Kansas Board of Education to speak for our Party.

We need to send them back to their extremist churches to talk in tongues and discuss how God created the earth in six days. I'm sure they'll also enjoy reminiscing about the all laundered bribe money they received from the criminal lobbyist, Jack Abramhoff.

The Republican platform should be one that speaks to the majority of voters, not just crooked theocratic-socialists.

staff04 8 years, 10 months ago

Why would one need to have the "RINOs" pointed out to you? Don't you have a good enough grasp for what your party stands for to identify a RINO when you see one?

johngalt 8 years, 10 months ago

"These people do not believe in the traditional Republican values of free enterprise, limited government, privacy and fiscal responsibility. Instead, they push for a more inturusive government that costs the taxpayer money, invades our privacy and leaves our children ignorant, misinformed and unable to compete in the modern world."

You have to be kidding me. The "moderates" are for more taxes for k12, higher ed, roads, "eco devo", you name it.

It is the mods opposing limits to taxation and spending growth such as the taxpayer's bill of rights and the supermajority.

Who led the last successful tax increase? Bill Graves and the mods.

And it was the mods and the Dems in the House that led the effort in 2002 to raise taxes.

That's fiscal responsibility?

ksmoderate 8 years, 10 months ago

Johngalt,

Have you read the taxpayer's bill of rights? Do you know what it does (instead of what it says it will do)? Go look up what happened in Colorado after they tried the TBOR....maybe you'll change your mind.

Just because it sounds good doesn't mean it's good. You can't polish a turd.

EvaTrujillo 8 years, 10 months ago

I'm in total agreement with GOPconservative's comments.

Charles L Bloss Jr 8 years, 10 months ago

I watched part of that debate on KSNT. I called the station and told them they should call the persons who were either medical doctors, or held a doctorate, by doctor. They rudely told me that they wanted everyone to be on a level playing field. How totally ridiculous. Both men spent many years of study, and in the case of Dr. Barnett four years of collage, four years of medical school, residency, etc. Both men earned the doctor before their names, and they should be addressed as such. Thank you, Lynn

GOPConservative 8 years, 10 months ago

Johngalt seems to think that more repression, more prisons, more invasion our privacy, bigger government and forcing people to follow weird religious ideas will somehow lower taxes.

The theocratic socialists want to take money intended for schools and roads and use it to put more people in prisons and to hire more inexperienced people to do jobs they aren't qualified to do. They want to expand State and local government to hire religious nutcases to spy on our citizens to make sure none of us are talking about evolution or doing anything that might be considered fun.

Increasing the size of government to exert more control on private behavior and to push weird religious ideas as "science" costs money. I'd much rather invest our tax dollars in education and better roads than forcing people to follow crackpot ideas.

I'm not for returning our Party to moderate Republicanism, but to Conservative Republicanism, which is supposed to mean keeping religion out of government, limiting government, lowering taxes, respecting the privacy of our citizens, avoiding repressive laws and not shoving narrow cult religious ideas down our throats as is the case with Ryun, Kline, Brownback and the other extremist whackos, who claim to be "conservatives."

There is a big difference between being a political conservative and being an religous-extremist conservative like Ryun, Kline, Brownback, etc. In fact, the two terms are the complete opposite.

ljb 8 years, 10 months ago

The reason the other candidates were not invited to the debate is because of money, I'm sure! If you don't have deep pockets behind your campaign, you are not allowed to play!

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