Senator John McCain talks to reporters in Overland Park Wednesday.
Former Republican presidential candidate John MCcain came to Johnson County to re-enforce the Pat Roberts campaign.
Roberts, the three- term incumbent, is trailing his independent challenger Greg Orman in many polls.
"This guy needs to be smoked out", McCain told reporters.
He repeated the Roberts’ campaign message of the week, that Orman is posing as an independent, but is really a Democrat.
"If you have run as a Democrat, my friends, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it might be a duck! And that’s a Democrat. Which is what he is," McCain shouted to the partisan crowd.
Federal campaign records show Orman making donations to the Barack Obama campaign, Kansas Democrat Nancy Boyda’s Congressional bids and Democrat Al Franken’s 2008 Senate campaign.
Orman’s campaign also points out he has donated the the 2010 Senate campaign of Scott Brown in Massachusetts.
Orman also donated to the Todd Akin’s 2006 re-election drive.
That was before he ran for Senate against Claire McCaskill in 2012.
Most or Orman’s Republican donations, however, date back 10 years or longer.
It’s sign of how the Kansas Senate race has suddenly become an important part of then GOP strategy to gain control of the Senate in the mid-term election.
The Republicans need to pick up six seats and hold on to Roberts’s seat to flip Senate.
Reporter pressed McCain about how unlikely it is for an incumbent Republican like Roberts to be in political trouble in a Republican state such as Kansas.
McCain says voters are unhappy with all of Washington.
He later admitted he did not the know the details of Kansas politics.
He added if Roberts picks up just one vote because of the McCain stop. then the trip will be worthwhile.
The former presidential candidate said Roberts was a leader in the Senate on issues like agriculture and national security.
When pressed, he did not cite any specific examples of Roberts’ Senate legacy.
McCain’s appearance is part of a parade of Republican stars who will campaign for Roberts.
McCaim”s former running mate, Sarah Palin, is in Kansas with Roberts in Independence later this week.
Party big shots like Rand Paul, Paul Ryan and Jeb Bush are all expected in the state in the near future on Roberts behalf.
A small crowd of Johnson County Republlican faithful packed the small GOP headquarters for the late afternoon event.