Latest Roberts Ad Attacks Slattery on Gas Tax Vote

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Republican Sen. Pat Roberts' newest TV ad
attacks his chief Democratic challenger over a 1993 vote to raise
the federal gasoline tax.

Roberts' 30-second spot is running in Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita. It's a response to an earlier ad from Democrat Jim Slattery trying to tie Roberts to high gasoline prices.

Slattery is a former congressman who represented the 2nd District of eastern Kansas from 1983 through 1994.

In 1993, Slattery supported a package for reducing the federal deficit that raised the federal gas tax 4.3 cents a gallon. Roberts, also in the House then, voted against the package.

Roberts' ad says Slattery is part of the problem.

Slattery spokeswoman Abbie Hodgson said the package set up economic prosperity in the late 1990s.

Slattery has called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon in Topeka to further respond to Roberts' ads.

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