U.S. Senator Rand Paul visits Pittsburg for endorsement - KOAM TV 7

U.S. Senator Rand Paul visits Pittsburg for endorsement

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul visits Pittsburg today for a rally with Kansas U.S. Senator Pat Roberts and Governor Sam Brownback.  The event was held at the Lamplighter Inn.  Both political analysts and average voters say there's a lot at stake with both Robert's and Brownback's re-election bids.

Organizers of the rally say it was a team effort by Governor Brownback and Senator Roberts to show support for one another.  But there's been a lot of attention given to Senator Roberts, in particular.  If he wins against his challenger, Greg Orman, Republicans believe the win gives them an edge to regain control of the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Senator Paul at the rally called for less government control, and wants Brownback and Roberts to end up winning their elections by at least ten points.

Those at today's rally say it's equally important to re-elect Governor Brownback and Senator Roberts.  But one voter we talked with today, who is a registered Republican, has a different opinion, at least this time around.  She says her vote will be Democrat in the Governor race, Republican in the Senate race.

"I think it's very important that we get back the funding and the rights that the teachers have lost.  I know how much they struggle and I would think that new leadership and Paul Davis would be more advantageous to us," says Pittsburg resident Joella Reid.

"I'm a retired teacher.  After 42 years of teaching, 41 of them in Kansas, I feel that Paul Davis would be the best choice for Governor," says Reid.

"We want to make sure we get Republicans elected, from Brownback to all the way down to Chuck Smith here at the State Representative level.  So, Roberts and Brownback are teaming up and it's an all star show," says Michelle Hucke with the Crawford County Republican Party.

"Why would Kansas consider electing a Democrat?  Why?  What's up here?  You guys have to do a better job," says U.S. Senator Rand Paul.

"This is so much more than just electing Pat Roberts.  Just electing me.  Obviously I would appreciate your vote, I want your vote, and I'm fighting for your vote.  But the eyes of the country and the world are on Kansas because it is up to us to elect a Republican majority in the United States Senate," says U.S. Senator Pat Roberts.

We also talked with some people in Kansas who used to be part of the Tea Party.  They were upset that the Tea Party has endorsed U.S. Senator Roberts, and say they are no longer part of the Tea Party.

U.S. Senators Roberts and Paul, along with Governor Brownback, also made stops in Wichita and Overland Park today.

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