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Roberts touts farm expertise as Wolf criticizes ad

July 24, 2014


Topeka (ap) — U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is touting his expertise in agriculture policy as he runs for re-election in the nation’s leading wheat-producing state, and tea party challenger Milton Wolf’s campaign accused him Thursday of trying to exploit geographical tensions with a new radio ad in western Kansas.

The 60-second spot, which began this week and will run until the Aug. 5 Republican primary, says Wolf doesn’t understand agriculture and can’t be counted upon to defend federal subsidies for crop insurance. The ad describes Wolf, a Leawood radiologist, as living “right next to Missouri” and says he “just doesn’t work for western Kansas.”

Roberts is seeking his fourth, six-year term in the Senate, serves on its Agriculture Committee, and has long been active in debates over farm policy. He’s a former U.S. House Agriculture Committee chairman, and he and his aides believe he could become the Senate committee’s next chairman if the GOP wins a majority.

The Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Livestock Association have endorsed the senator, and his backers recently formed Farmers and Ranchers for Roberts.

“He’s been a friend of agriculture for all of the time he’s been in the U.S. Congress,” said Steve Baccus, an Ottawa County farmer and the Farm Bureau’s president. “He’s a guy who really understands what agriculture needs.”

Wolf has stressed in campaign appearances that he grew up on a farm in Rice County. Wolf campaign spokesman Ben Hartman said attacking Wolf’s eastern Kansas home is “geographical warfare” showing that Roberts, who calls Dodge City home, is seeing “some scary poll numbers” and treats western Kansas as his “firewall.”

The ad also criticizes Wolf for noting in campaign appearances that he won a county fair cow-milking contest as a teenager, calling it the challenger’s “stock answer” on agriculture policy.

“They certainly mock me for actually having farmed,” Wolf said. “Between Pat Roberts and myself, only one of us have actually farmed, and it ain’t the guy who’s been in Washington for 47 years.”

Baccus said protecting crop insurance was the most important issue for farmers as Congress approved a new farm bill this year, and the measure expanded those subsidies. Roberts voted against the package, saying that it had a number of serious flaws, including continued commodity price supports, and that it didn’t do enough to control costs associated with food stamps.

Roberts’ executive campaign manager Leroy Towns said the senator champions crop insurance because it’s a market-oriented program and helps the U.S. avoid disaster-relief payments after crop losses. Towns said crop insurance also sustained Kansas agriculture during persistent drought.

“That crop insurance remains a cornerstone of the farm safety net is the result of Senator Roberts’ fight to preserve it,” Towns said.

Wolf said he supports crop insurance but believes this year’s farm bill protects farmers from financial risk so much that it encourages them to buy and till more land than they otherwise would, driving up land prices.

“It just favors the very wealthy farmers — the wealthiest of farmers and the biggest operations — at the expense of the young farmer hoping to just get started,” he said.


Richard Payton 3 years, 11 months ago

At least Wolf lives in Kansas. Roberts living in the state of Virginia and doesn't even come back to debate.

Brock Masters 3 years, 11 months ago

Not true, according to Roberts own words he comes back every time he has an opponent.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago


40 years of Roberts and two home loan rip offs is plenty for me.

How do we implement congressional term limits? Vote these congressional career politicians out of office.

Time for Lynn Jenkins to hit the road as well. Who's managing these reckless big spending campaigns?

The consulting firm Aegis Strategic

Want to reduce the cost of government and our cost of living? Vote down the big spenders engaged in these congressional campaigns. Voting for the big spenders is an insult to ourselves.

Phil Minkin 3 years, 11 months ago

I find it hard to believe that no matter how bad Roberts has been, Wolf will be an improvement. He will vote with the tea party obstructionists. Once elected Pat, who probably won't run again, will no longer worry about being challenged from the right and may be more moderate. The realistic option is to vote for the Democrat.,Greg Orman.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 11 months ago

Phil, you are a man after my heart!! Neither of these ninnies gives me any hope that Kansas will extract itself from the Rush Limbaugh addled voters of Kansas. Or the Koch Regime.

I nave noted with amusement that the Kochs are running TV ads extoling their virtues and value to Kansas. But none of these "businesses" are identified in their suripy ads.

Roberts has shown himself to be a vindictive, hateful and vengeful person. Wolf, while being a bit more moderate, is a tea bagger. The saints preserve us from that crowd.

Neither of these candidates appeals to me and I am voting for the Democratic candidate.

Lynn Grant 3 years, 11 months ago

Phil, the realistic option is to vote for the Democrat, Chad Taylor!

Dan Eyler 3 years, 11 months ago

I met Dr Wolf and listened to him for over 3.hours. I know him much better tha Pat Roberts who has been in Washington for all these years. Wolf seemed like a guy who had good ideas. I especially like is attitude toward very large corporations. He said any benefit given to big business should be given to the small business. That is not happening under Obama or congress, democrat or republican. He Said he will only run for two terms which is nice to hear. He is not an attorney and that tells me lot. I can't imagine we would want to keep Rorberts around for even 6 more years. He is part of the immigration, and budget problems we are in today. His defintion of political success is how much federal spending he brings back to Kansas. Enough already.

Philipp Wannemaker 3 years, 11 months ago

Roberts and Wolf both are pandering to tea drinking wing of GOP. Main reason to not vote for either is they are Republicans, but even more is they drink far too much Tea.

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