Kansas Gubernatorial Debate: Campaign Ads


Our viewers have seen a lot of the campaign ads. A lot. We are asking each candidate about an ad that was approved by them and ask why they stand by it.

We start, by random order, with a portion of an ad from Greg Orman.

Question to Orman: You say “corrupt government” in the ad – where specifically do you see corruption in Kansas government? Do you stand by your ad?

Greg Orman: “I absolutely stand by that ad. If you look at everything from no bid contracts to the lack of transparency, to the fact that we allow lobbyists to give money to candidates, all of that in my mind is corrupt. That is your government is for sale. Eight-five percent of Americans believe that Washington is a rigged game that can only buy access to power. The same is true in Kansas. You know what, Americans are right. We have sold our government. It is one of the reasons that I will not take money from PACS, I will not take money from lobbyists, I will not take money from parties or corporations. When I go to Topeka, I want to go there and serve solely and exclusively the people of Kansas.”

VIDEO | Kris Kobach campaign ad

Bob: In that ad, you do not cite your figures or explain how Kansans saw an increase in energy bills. Where do these claims come from?

Secretary Kris Kobach: I absolutely stand by the ad. The 24 percent higher than surrounding states is for the price we pay for kilowatt hour. A lot of people don’t realize this. Residential electricity in Kansas costs us an average 13.4 cents per kilowatt hour. If you average the four states surround us it is only 10.9 cents per kilowatt hour. That is a big problem for us and balancing our pocketbooks and businesses trying to decide to stay in Kansas or go somewhere else. There are many businesses that are leaving for that reason. The bill that increased our electricity rates more than $600 per household has been later reviewed by policy organizations that forced power companies to diversify the types of power that they had. They didn’t let them do it was affordable and done in a way slowly that it wouldn’t increase the bills on consumers. Laura Kelly voted for that. We have to address high utility rates. I will do it. I am the only person on this stage that is talking about doing it.

VIDEO | Laura Kelly’s campaign ad

Laura Kelly’s ad states, ‘When Sam Brownback slashed school funding with his tax experiment, he attacked what makes Kansas special. Kris Kobach supported the plan and said schools are overfunded’.

Bob: Kris Kobach has denied saying he believes schools are overfunded. We have not found evidence of a direct quote of him saying it. Do you stand by your statement?

Senator Laura Kelly: Absolutely. I think Kris has made it very clear from the beginning of his campaign that he wants to take us back to the Brownback tax experiment. We know what that did. Sam Brownback made the largest cuts to schools in our state history. That would happen again if we were to revert back to that particular policy. I absolutely stand by it. He has not told us how he would fund our schools. He was also hypercritical of current Governor Jeff Colyer who did sign a bill to increase funding for schools. He made it clear he thought that was a major mistake and that he would not have done it had he been governor.

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