SHAWNEE, Kan. — Pat Roberts' latest commercials are typical of Washington's partisan politicians trying to have it both ways. In his first television ad of the general election, Roberts points to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility as his signature achievement - one he had to reach back nearly a decade to find - when in fact Roberts was one of only 26 senators who voted against the spending bill to fund the project. Roberts actually voted against creating the Kansas jobs for which he’s now trying to take credit.
“Pat Roberts voted against funding the project he's now taking credit for. He needs to get his story straight because back here in Kansas you can't get away with talking out of both sides of your mouth,” said Orman campaign spokesman Sam Edelen.
What's more, in a second ad Pat Roberts gets it wrong again, attacking Greg Orman on an issue that was actually refuted by the very same Associated Press article Roberts' commercial sites as the source. While Pat Roberts falsely claims otherwise, the AP story in question accurately and correctly reports the facts on the issue: “During a 30-minute talk with a dozen employees at Bardavon Health Innovations, Orman described President Barack Obama's signature health care law as not achieving the goal of decreasing health care costs and said he would have opposed it.
“After 47 years in Washington, Pat Roberts has sadly become the walking, talking embodiment of partisan dysfunction in Congress. Pat Roberts is part of the problem in Washington, and like most politicians, Pat Roberts' only interest now is Pat Roberts.”
Pat Roberts Actually Voted to Kill the NBAF Project He’s Now Taking Credit For
HEADLINE: “Pat Roberts joins Huelskamp, Pompeo in opposing spending bill and NBAF funding” [Associated Press, 1/16/14]
Roberts Voted to Kill NBAF Project He Now Takes Credit For. Reported the Associated Press, “Roberts was a no vote even though the bill included $404 million for the NBAF project in Manhattan, Kan. Had Roberts’ position prevailed, NBAF would have likely died.” [Associated Press, 1/16/14]
Article Roberts Ad Cites Actually Shows Orman Opposing Obamacare, Standing Up For Kansas Common Sense and Real Solutions
Associated Press: Orman Criticized Obamacare, Would Have Voted Against As Senator. Reported the Associated Press, “During a 30-minute talk with a dozen employees at Bardavon Health Innovations, Orman described President Barack Obama's signature health care law as not achieving the goal of decreasing health care costs and said he would have opposed it.” [Associated Press, 9/10/14]
Orman Criticized Flaws In Obamacare and Flaws Partisan Political Gamesmanship. Reported the Associated Press, “I thought at the time we were expanding a broken system,” he told the AP. But he also called Republican attempts to repeal the law impractical, considering that Obama remains in office and would veto any repeal. “It sounds like a hollow political promise they can't keep.” Orman said Kansas voters can appreciate the nuance, and he dismissed Roberts' accusations that he's a liberal. “I don't know many liberals who are talking about simplifying the tax code, who are talking about reforming entitlements, who are talking about reforming Social Security disability,” he said.” [Associated Press, 9/10/14]
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