Attorney General Candidates Face-Off In First Debate

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email

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September 23, 2010

Candidates vying to be the state's next Attorney General in the 2010 vote, faced-off in a debate Thursday, speaking their minds on issues that affect Kansas.

It was a debate with topics ranging from health care, to the death penalty and experience, as candidates shared their opinions with the Wichita Crime Commission.

Attorney General Steve Six and Senator Derek Schmidt's first question regarded the President's health care plan, and why Six chose to not fight the law alongside other states.

"Protecting kids, meeting the Medicaid mission, and protecting consumers is what the AG's office is about, and that's what I have done. We got the lawsuit, we looked at it, we had our attorneys analyze it, and they determined that there was little to no chance of success," said Six.

Schmidt disagrees. He said he plans to find a way for Kansas to join the suit.

"Standing up and fighting for the right of Kansans to decide Kansans destiny is a personal political agenda," said Schmidt.

When it comes to years of experience, both candidates agree, theirs ranks above the other.

"In this state, you want more than just a good staff attorney. You want someone who's committed to the public leadership required of that constitutional office," said Schmidt.

"I have seen that resume before. It's the resume of a career politician. It's a resume of the last career politician who was Attorney General. That's his resume, Senator," said Six.

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