Kelly: Trump visit shows Kobach wants to make race about Washington

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WICHITA, Kan. (WIBW) -- While President Donald Trump was in Topeka to back fellow Republican Kris Kobach’s bid for governor, the Secretary of State’s opponent, state Sen. Laura Kelly, spent the day meeting with groups in Wichita and elsewhere in the state.

President Donald Trump walks toward his podium to begin speaking at a campaign rally at Kansas Expocentre, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

During the President’s speech Saturday night, her camp did take a moment to respond to the event – and even the fact President Trump was in town.

"Kris Kobach would love to make this race about what’s happening in Washington rather than what’s happening in Kansas - and that's because he’s struggling to explain why his pledge to continue the Brownback agenda makes sense for the state,” Kelly said.

Kelly pointed to thirty Republicans who have backed her campaign and argued Kansans from across the political spectrum don’t want a return to the policies enacted under Gov. Sam Brownback.

"We saw tonight that we can't trust Kris Kobach to bring people together who have different points of view. Just like Sam Brownback, Kris Kobach will try to drive us apart. Kansas can do better."

While in Wichita, Kelly met privately with the African-American Council of Elders and held a meet and greet with education leaders.