WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Republican Party hosted a healthcare debate Wednesday evening at Century II in Wichita where U.S. Senate candidates Kris Kobach, Dave Lindstrom, and Roger Marshall addressed healthcare issues in Kansas. Candidate Bob Hamilton chose not to participate in the debate.
The debate started with a speech from Senate President Susan Wagle where she criticized Governor Laura Kelly for how she handled the coronavirus pandemic. Wagle’s speech was followed by a prayer from Bishop Wade Moore, and the Pledge of Allegiance by Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter.
The candidates responded to questions covering a wide range of healthcare topics and issues — from the coronavirus, wearing masks, rural hospital closings, Affordable Care Act expansion in Kansas, mental health, rights of Kansans, and more.
In his opening statement, Lindstrom said America is being destroyed from within and that citizens needed to be protected from the radical left who are creating fear, panic, and chaos. He said the moral fabric of the U.S. is on fire and the mainstream media is fanning those flames.
Kobach agreed with Lindstrom’s opening statement and said a battle for the American soul is going on right now and to answer that we need to double down on conservative values to protect our history, monuments, creed, and all that we hold dear in our country and constitution.
Marshall stated his staunch support of President Trump and highlighted his record of being in top 10 from all of Congress for supporting the president 98% of the time, including the impeachment “hoax,” trade wars, coronavirus, and the riots.
Candidates were asked if and how the federal government should help states when it comes to the coronavirus, Marshall responded, “What we can’t have is a one size fits all, a federal dictum on how we should be handling this — the job of the federal government is to give us the tools that we need to solve the problem.”
Kobach said, “We don’t have to have a one size fits all solution. but I will say this too the federal government’s response should not be to shovel more money at the problem.”
Lindstrom weighed in saying, “I also believe the best government is local and so I would agree with the states having control over what they think is best for their own state.”
When asked what Democrats are doing right in healthcare that Republicans can use or learn from — there was unanimous consensus from all three candidates sharing there wasn’t much.