Roberts won’t debate Wolf before Kansas primary

Milton Wolf and Sen. Pat Roberts

Milton Wolf and Sen. Pat Roberts

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts won’t debate tea party challenger Milton Wolf ahead of the state’s Aug. 5 Republican primary.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Roberts executive campaign manager Leroy Towns said Friday that Wolf has failed to outline positions beyond what Towns called vague rhetoric and false attacks on the senator.

Wolf campaign spokesman Ben Hartman said it’s unbecoming for Roberts to duck debates and noted that Roberts previously had promised publicly to have them.

The 78-year-old Roberts is seeking his fourth, six-year term in the Senate. Wolf is a 43-year-old radiologist making his first run for public office.

Two lesser-known candidates also are on the GOP ballot. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor and Lawrence attorney Patrick Wiesner are seeking the Democratic nomination.


  • Chief69

    “I come home every time I have a challenger….errrrr….., chance”. I remember still many years go he got an apartment in the first district to run for congress in the Big First, but never live out here. On various visits to his office, I, and others have found his office and staff to be some of the most rude and “unKansans” in their attitude and respect for constituents. His office in DC has a horrid reputation for constituent services. I’m voting for Wolfe to vote against Roberts!

  • Lefty54

    Of course Roberts won’t debate Wolf, he’d have to come to Kansas for the debate. Maybe Wolf should offer to debate Roberts in his home state of Virginia.