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K-State Coach Endorses Roberts
October 30, 2014

(AP)– Beloved Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder has endorsed Sen. Pat Roberts for re-election and is appearing in a new television ad for the three-term Republican incumbent.

Roberts’ campaign launched the statewide spot Thursday, just five days before the election and with Roberts locked in a tight race with independent candidate and wealthy Olathe businessman Greg Orman.

Snyder is highly respected and has largely remained aloof from politics. His 6-1 Wildcats are the only unbeaten team in the Big 12 and are generating buzz because they’re ranked ninth for a national football playoff spot.

Snyder describes Roberts in the ad as a good friend and “as good as it gets for the state.”

Orman has argued that Roberts is part of the gridlock in Washington.

Rand Paul PAC Kansas Spot
October 28, 2014

Rand Paul PAC Buys Kansas Air Times
October 28, 2014

Politico:
Sen. Rand Paul’s political action committee is going up with its first on-air television advertising on behalf of Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, RAND PAC announced Monday evening.

Paul (R-Ky.), a likely 2016 contender, has made frequent appearances on the midterm campaign circuit as a surrogate, and now his PAC is hitting the Kansas airwaves with a six-figure ad buy on behalf of Roberts, who is locked in a close race against independent Senate candidate Greg Orman.

RAND PAC had $242,000 on hand as of October 15, according to its most recent FEC filing, but Doug Stafford, the group’s executive director, told POLITICO Monday night that it has since raised an additional $300,000.

RAND PAC announced in a release that it plans to dip into Senate races in Kentucky, North Carolina and the early-voting presidential states of New Hampshire and Iowa.

The spot hits on a favorite theme of the libertarian-leaning Paul, praising Roberts for opposing foreign aid to countries “where radicals storm our embassies, burn our flag and kill our diplomats” — a position held by Paul, and one over which he has clashed before with other more hawkish members of his party.

“Pat Roberts: Fighting for our American home by bringing our tax dollars home,” the spot says.

Paul will make three stops in Kansas on Tuesday to campaign for Roberts and GOP Gov. Sam Brownback, who is in a neck-and-neck race with Democrat Paul Davis.

RAND PAC said the buy will amount to six figures on broadcast, cable and online — starting Tuesday and running through Election Day. So far, they have spent nearly $70,000 on television ads in the Wichita market, according to ad trackers.

The group is also spending $16,000 in each of the following Senate races, Federal Election Commission filings show: Iowa, Kentucky, New Hampshire and North Carolina.

Romney Warns Kansas Against a 3rd Vote for Obama
October 28, 2014

Former GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney warned Kansas voters against giving a third vote to President Obama in the 2014 mid-tier elections.
Romney campaigned in Kansas for Republican incumbent Pat Roberts who is an unexpectedly close race with independent candidate Greg Orman.
“A vote for Greg Or,an is a toe for Barack Obama,” Romney told a crowd of about 250 people at the Pinstripes, event center in southern Overland Park,
He continued, ” America, let’s nit make the same mistake three times. Vote for Pat Roberts”.
Romney and Roberts were jones at the event by GOP Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who is also in a tough re-election battle.
The group was also joined by former Kansas Senator Bob Dole.
Dole told the crowd that Romney ought to run for president agains I. 2016. Most if the crowd cheered loudly when they heard that.
Both Roberts and Brownback sought to cash in on the World Series excitement gripping the Kansas City area.
Brownback was wearing a Royals jersey on the campaign trail and opened each appearance with a shout of “Go Royals!”
Roberts had a Royals baseball cap that appeared to be a couple of sizes too small.
When he put it on at the Overland Park event, he told the crowd, ” Now is not the time to lose faith”.
Later in the day, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal joined the long list of Republicans visiting. Kansas to help the local ticket.
Jindal campaigned with Brownback at a stop at a steel manufacturing plant in Gardner.
Jindal told about 100 people at that stop Brownback’s conservatism should be rewarded with a second term.

Roberts Up in One New Poll, Orman in the Other
October 27, 2014

CBS News/ NYT:
Pat Roberts 42%
Greg Orman 38%

NBC News/ Marist
Orman 45%
Roberts 44%

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