October 19, 2010
It was a heated debate Tuesday afternoon as two candidates for Attorney General voiced why they believe they're the best man for the job.
"I would wear it as a badge of honor not to know how or why you guys do the things you do in the legislature," said Democratic Kansas Attorney General Steve Six.
Six attacked Republican Kansas Senator Derek Schmidt for a bill passed through legislature in 2005. The bill altered payday loan interest rate caps, making it legal for companies to make rates extremely high. But the bill also prevented loan companies from collecting from Kansans serving the military overseas.
"It wasn't desirable a lot of us thought, but it was part of a compromise you had to do. My opponent had he never actually shepherded major legislation through the legislature may not understand how difficult it can be," said Schmidt.
"I'm proud to have never been in the legislature where I would have put something together that coupled military families with needy Kansans and screwed one of them," said Six.
Schmidt also stated many democrats voted for the bill, and said Six has only accused him of making a bad decision.
Schmidt also attacked back on a separate issue, saying he supports Arizona's immigration law and thinks the state's Attorney General should too.
"I thought we should have stood up for Arizona's right. The state of Kansas, under the current leadership, decided not to participate in standing up," said Schmidt.
"You had an opportunity two years ago to get that immigration right here and you voted against it," said Six.
Despite their stark differences there were a few things the candidates agreed on, perhaps most strongly -- banning a Topeka church's demonstrations at military funerals.
"Kansans don't support the horrible hate speech that comes out of the Phelps group," said Six.
"It is an embarrassment to Kansas that we happen to be the home base of this terribly disrespectful group," said Schmidt.
The candidates for Kansas Attorney General will debate in Wichita today.
Current Attorney General and Democrat Steve Six will debate the issues with his republican opponent, State Senator Derek Schmidt, at the Kansas Association of Broadcasters convention.
kake.com will have live streaming coverage of the debate beginning at 12:30.