One ad describes Roberts’ efforts to bring the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to Kansas. There is a headline from February 2007, when Roberts addressed the Kansas Legislature and urged support for the bio-lab. Another news headline from 2008 was generated when Kansas came closer to getting the facility. However, there was no mention of Roberts’ vote against a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill in January 2014 that contained $404 million for the bio-lab.
The re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Dodge City, released two television commercials Monday that quickly came under fire for being misleading.
One ad describes Roberts’ efforts to bring the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to Kansas. There is a headline from February 2007, when Roberts addressed the Kansas Legislature and urged support for the bio-lab. Another news headline from 2008 was generated when Kansas came closer to getting the facility.
However, there was no mention of Roberts’ vote against a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill in January 2014 that contained $404 million for the bio-lab. Half the Kansas delegation in Congress – Roberts and Reps. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson, and Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita – voted against the bill. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Manhattan, and Reps. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, and Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, voted for it. The bill passed the Senate, 86-14, and the House, 332-94.
“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 Sam Edelen, a spokesman for independent Senate candidate Greg Orman, in a news release.
Roberts “delivers results for Kansas, and there is no greater example of these results than the NBAF project,” said Roberts’ campaign manager Corry Bliss in a statement.
“Sen. Roberts’ leadership marshaled this project from inception to construction, and it was his forward thinking and tireless work that injected the Kansas economy with more than 300 hi-tech jobs and over $3.5 billion,” Bliss said.
The second Roberts commercial tied Orman to the Affordable Care Act, saying Orman won’t vote to repeal Obamacare. It referred to an Associated Press story from last week.
In that story, Orman said he would have opposed the Affordable Care Act because it expanded a broken system. However, Orman called Republican attempts to repeal it “’impractical’” because President Barack Obama would veto it, the AP story said.
“It sounds like a hollow political promise they can’t keep,” Orman said about repeal, in the story.
The Roberts campaign emphasized the ad focuses on repeal and said Orman opposes efforts to repeal.
The Orman campaign release said Roberts “gets it wrong again.”
The ad contends that opposing the repeal means massive Medicare cuts for Kansas seniors and a massive tax hike for Kansas families.
The office of Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a Republican, did not know what the massive tax hike for families referred to, according to a statement.
As for the Medicare cuts, Praeger’s office said it stated in August 2012 that the new health care law “does not cut benefits to regular Medicare beneficiaries.”
“It is supposed to save $716 billion over the next 10 years. The savings are to come from reducing federal payments to insurance companies that offer Medicare Advantage plans (which are private Medicare plans that offer regular Medicare benefits plus other company benefits; reduced increase in provider payments; and actions to reduce waste, fraud and abuse. Also, more preventive services are now covered, and the ‘doughnut hole’ for prescription drug coverage gets smaller each year until it closes completely by 2020,” the statement said.
Last week, the Roberts campaign released a Web video that spliced together two segments of Orman talking during the Kansas State Fair debate, to create what Orman’s camp called “false audio.”
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