Rand Paul's PAC Steps Into Tough Kansas Race

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is locked in the fight of his political life, but new polling shows he is gaining ground on his opponent, Greg Orman, if only because the more Kansans find out about Orman the less they like him.

Rand PAC, the leadership PAC of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), wants to give Kansas voters even more reason to vote for Roberts with a “six-figure” ad buy that will run through Election Day.

The single-ad campaign, “Courage to say No,” is being run on broadcast, cable, and online.

In the ad the narrator tells viewers Roberts was one of the “few true conservative senators” who stood with Paul on legislation that would have stopped U.S. foreign aid from going to countries where “radicals storm our embassies, burn our flag, and kill our diplomats."

“On the Senate floor, Pat Roberts stood against sending foreign aid to countries that burn the American flag. Pat will protect America’s interests abroad, while also protecting the tax dollars of every hardworking American,” said Doug Stafford, the executive director of Rand PAC.

Mitt Romney and former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) are also campaigning for Roberts in Kansas. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) campaigned for Roberts Oct. 9-10.

The Roberts campaign accused Orman of holding a fundraiser in Beverly Hills, Calif., while Roberts was campaigning with Romney and Dole on Oct. 27.

“It’s no surprise that the liberal Hollywood elites would embrace liberal Greg Orman,” Roberts’ campaign manager Corry Bliss said.  “Greg Orman advocates for their far-left views. Orman supports amnesty for illegal immigrants. He supports abortion on demand. He dismisses any effort to repeal Obamacare, and he is so extreme on environmental issues he won’t even support the Keystone Pipeline.”

However, the Kansas City Star has endorsed Orman over Roberts, calling the independent challenger “a champion of effective leadership” and the incumbent senator “mean-spirited.”

“With his relentlessly unfair and negative TV attack ads trying to smear Orman, Roberts provides more evidence that he is out of touch with Kansans who deserve a positive representative in Washington,” wrote the Kansas City Star’s editorial staff.

The Salina Journal has also gone on record in favor of Orman, writing, “Sen. Roberts has conducted himself in an embarrassing fashion….In the twilight of his long political career, Sen. Pat Roberts seems hell-bent on destroying the image he spent decades building.”

However, Orman, who invested $1.2 million of his own money in the campaign in the third week of October, as the Wichita Eagle reported, has not been shy about attacking Roberts’ record in Congress.

Most recently, Orman’s campaign went after Roberts’ attendance record, pointing to several media reports that the Republican has skipped 65 percent of Senate Agriculture Committee hearings and 85 percent of Senate Health Committee hearings over the past 15 years. That included a hearing on the CDC’s plan to fight the Ebola virus.