By Ralph Hipp
Streamed live on wibw.com and carried live on 580 Radio Tuesday afternoon, the debate sponsored by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in the Attorney General's race adds some spice to one of the most interesting contests in the state. (The Secretary of State's race between Chris Biggs and Kris Kobach is another.) The cases Steve Six and Derek Schmidt made to the voters made it a must-hear conversation.
Six pointed to his record of setting records in taxpayer dollars returned, and consumer protection cases resolved in favor of Kansans. Six reminded voters of his admirable service protecting Kansas kids from internet predators. He pointed to Schmidt as a "career politician" (hinting Phill Kline was another one who rose to the rank of Attorney General..) But the headline from Six may be his comment that he was relieved to have "never been in the Kansas Legislature." Gavin Young of the Attorney General's office sent me the exact quote tonight..
"I am proud to have never been in the legislature where I would have put something together that coupled military families with needy Kansans and screwed one of them. I can tell you what, I wouldn't have allowed that. I would wear it as a badge of honor not to know how or why you guys do the things you do in the legislature."
This is in response to Senator Schmidt saying the only way to pass a bill that benefited members of the military was to tie it to a bill that was amazingly bad for consumers and raised interest rates to as high as 400%... according to Six's campaign staff.
Schmidt hangs the bulk of his campaign on two handles: what he would do on the national scene in combatting illegal immigration, and what he would to join in the legal actions from AGs around the nation in stopping the Obama Health Care plan. He replied to Raubin and Megan after the debate, that he was proud of his years in the Legislature, and that "public service matters." Schmidt reminded the voters listening in, of the Schmidt resume leading to the office: Assistant Attorney General, Chief Counsel to former Governor Bill Graves. In two weeks, voters will make a very defining choice in this race.
We'd love to hear your reaction to the debate today, and any comments you'd like to add about these two strong candidates to retain or retake the position as our state's top attorney.. Ralph