HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP) – Republican candidate for The Kansas governor tried on Saturday to force the incumbent Democrat support for the right to abortion is a political responsibility, even with statewide strong vote last month in service of preservation access to an abortion.
GOP candidate Derek Schmidt, three-term The Kansas attorney general said during a debate at the Kansas State Fair that he respects the Aug. 2 law. vote, in voters strongly rejected the proposed amendment to the state constitution, allow the Republican Party-controlled legislature heavily restricts or bans abortion. But he maintained that Democratic governor Laura Kelly was pro-abortion. with no restrictions “up at the moment of birth” and public financing for selective abortions.
throughout the state vote “That doesn’t mean the discussion is over,” Schmidt told the crowd. of around 800 people.
“What was not on in the vote was the position of Governor Kelly,” he said.
Kelly said she’s sure it’s worth it with majority of Kansas in against the proposed constitutional changes. Though she has strongly supported abortion rights throughout her career. in politics, she avoided hinting that she would push for cancellation of existing restrictions. It would hardly be anyway with Republicans in control of Legislature.
To the question about Schmidt’s characterization of her position on abortion, she said, “He does it up. You know I never said that.”
Kelly is the only Democratic governor running. for re-elect it year from the state held former President Donald Trump in 2020, making her a tempting GOP target. Many Republicans still expect disappointment with high inflation and red state opposition to Democratic President Joe Biden will boost Schmidt’s chances of win in November.
Schmidt’s TV ad seeks to link Kelly to Biden, blaming both of them for inflation and portray the two Democrats as big liberals, and he continued this throughout the debate at the State Fair in front of a rowdy crowd, attracting chants from Kelly supporters. of “Schmidt is no good!” and “Bull-Schmidt!” Fair debate has become a tradition for governors and U.S. Senate races, and organizers encourage guerrillas to sing, shout and wave signs as other fairgoers take in exhibits, ride the Midway rides, and taste dishes such as moink, meatballs wrapped in in bacon on stick.
Pat McFerron, Oklahoma City Republican pollster who worked for This was stated by Republican Senator from Kansas Jerry Moran. people concerned the majority on economic issues tend to be swing voters.
“Two months ago they all voted Republican when gas prices were high,” he said.
But Kelly cleaned off criticism advertising the state improved finance and her efforts to bring business to Kansas, noting several times that Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp. announced in July what he planned build multi-billion dollardollar battery manufacturing plant for electric vehicles occupied up to 4000 people. Kansas provides $829 million in taxpayer-funded incentives over 10 years.
As for after being tied to Biden, Kelly said after the debate, “I really stayed away from Washington.” politics”.
Schmidt promoted conservative causes as attorney general often involving Kansas in GOP lawsuits against Democratic presidents, although he also has a friendly public a person. After the 2020 presidential election joined unsuccessful Texas lawsuit trying to overturn results in four battlefields won Biden.
He noted several times that he was ready challenge Biden administration on a wide variety of issues, including environmental regulations. He called himself a Republican. in mold of the late U.S. Senate Majority Leader and GOP icon Bob Dole.
“We will stand up as well as fight backSchmidt said. in its closure.
None of the candidates paid much attention on abortion as an issue despite the nationwide vote in August, although some Democrats argue that this help Kelly. Schmidt opposes most abortions, saying that he support exceptions to save a woman’s life, in cases of rape and incest, and when the fetus is in such a debilitating medical condition that it will not survive after birth.
But issue arose when candidates were asked if they were ready support preservation six of Seven Kansas Supreme Court justices, who face votes in november on do they stay on in bench. The proposed anti-abortion amendment was a response to a 2019 court decision declaring access the right to abortion is a “fundamental” right under the state constitution.
Two of in six justices on the vote was in majority 6-1 in this is a 2019 decision and three more are appointed by Kelly who replaced others. last justice on bulletin – Caleb Stegal, Dissenter in case, nominee of conservative GOP Governor Sam Brownback.
Kelly said she would vote save justices and Schmidt said that vote “leave some and not keep others.” justices he objected to the retention during the debate and subsequently refused to answer questions.
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