Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidates face off in final debate

Capitol Bureau

Kansas Gubernatorial candidates faced off in their final Republican Party hosted debate Thursday evening in Johnson County. 

Kicking off the heated 90 minute debate, candidates started off by addressing the KU flag art, and it’s removal. 

“When somebody wants to use taxpayers funds and taxpayer institutions to desecrate our flag, I say not in Kansas and not on my watch,” Governor Colyer said. 

Secretary of State Kris Kobach followed Colyer saying he called for the flag’s removal four hours prior to the governor and said the flag should be removed from campus completely.

“You don’t want a governor who declares a symbolic victory when you got nothing. If you want real victory and real victory means that flag gets out of that museum,” said Kobach. 

Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer changed the focus saying the state needs a full time governor, not a part time one. 

“We don’t need a plastic surgeon or a part time attorney, we need a businessman,” Selzer said. 

As the debate went on, candidates talked about their pro-life agendas, ending the battle with the Supreme Court over school finance and weighed in on how to grow the state. 

“You’re going to hear me talk about how the state can go from a flyover state to a fly to state. It’s not a platitude, but it’s a reality,” said Patrick Kucera. 

The debate ended with the Republican party saying it would support whichever candidate wins in August. 

Candidate Jim Barnett, a former state senator, was at the debate but did not participate since he didn’t sign the party’s debate rules. 

The Kansas primary is August 7.

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