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Wolf confronts Roberts during U.S. Senate campaign stop, but still no debate

July 30, 2014, 12:24 p.m. Updated July 30, 2014, 2:11 p.m.

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Republican Sen. Pat Roberts declined again to debate his Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf after Wolf confronted Roberts on a sidewalk in downtown Emporia.

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts declined again to debate his Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf after Wolf confronted Roberts on a sidewalk in downtown Emporia.

— Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf tried again Wednesday to debate Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in advance of Tuesday’s primary election, this time confronting the three-term incumbent on a public sidewalk in downtown Emporia. But Roberts again declined the challenge.

“This is not the time. We have a regular scheduled event,” Roberts said.

Wolf continued to press, asking, “When would be the appropriate time? Because I’ll go anywhere you like.” But Roberts walked away.

Roberts was in Emporia for a scheduled campaign stop to meet with local business owners and Emporia Chamber of Commerce officials. After learning that Roberts planned to be there, Wolf said he rearranged his own schedule to meet Roberts there and challenge him to debate.

“I think it’s unfortunate,” Wolf said later. “The senator has given his word that he would debate. He has told Kansans, he has told media outlets and reporters, and we’re seeing today that his claims of being tough and tested and trusted are just not true.”

But Roberts’ campaign staff shrugged off the challenge.

“I think Dr. Wolf’s efforts should be more concerted about talking to his lawyers in Topeka about this Kansas Board of Healing Arts investigation,” campaign spokesman Sean Fitzpatrick said.

Wolf, a Johnson County radiologist, is reportedly under investigation by the Board of Healing Arts for posting X-ray images of gunshot victims on a Facebook page a few years ago and making inappropriate comments about them.

Wolf, who trails by 20 points in the most recent SurveyUSA poll, has doggedly sought a face-to-face debate with Roberts. And during an interview on a Kansas City radio station earlier this month, Roberts indicated he was willing to have a debate. But so far he has not agreed to schedule one.

Speaking with reporters after the confrontation, Roberts said he is confident he’ll win the Aug. 5 primary

“I am the only candidate in this race, in this primary, that can win in November, so I think people are getting that.”

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 12 months ago

"I am the only candidate in this race, in this primary, that can win in November, so i think people are getting that."

Yup, I will go with that. I hope people come to their senses and do not return this guy to the U.S. Senate.

Aaron McGrogor 12 months ago

Would you rather have this Wolf guy? That's the problem with this system. It essentially comes down to the bad or the ugly. The good never showed up.

Greg Cooper 12 months ago

Well, there's always a Democrat. Just sayin......

Phillip Chappuie 12 months ago

I say Roberts and Wolf should have a WWE style steel cage ladder match with tables and chairs. Then after Roberts was manhandled, Wolf could post pictures of the X-Rays on his facebook page. We really need a third choice in this one folks.

Eric MacDonald 12 months ago

Senator Roberts is looking a little too inside the beltway to me. Based on his evasiveness to questions about his residency during an on air interview I heard a few weeks ago I believe he has left Kansas behind. While I'm not sure Wolf is the right candidate I think lifetime incumbency is bad for the state and the country and for these reasons I can't support him.

Lynn Grant 12 months ago

You will have a good choice in the general--Chad Taylor!

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