Wednesday, August 4, 2010
One day after a series of contentious primary elections across Kansas, Republican congressional nominees gathered in Topeka to pledge their unity and demand accountability from both Democrats and GOP leaders in Washington.
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins led Wednesday's meeting, flanked by candidates Mike Pompeo, Kevin Yoder and Tim Huelskamp.
"We have heard the voters of Kansas," Jenkins said. "They are tired of government takeovers, runaway spending, reckless borrowing, and higher taxes."
Members of the state's GOP provided a strong turnout at the polls Tuesday. Party chairwoman Amanda Atkins said approximately 320,000 registered Republicans voted, or about 44 percent. That was in comparison to roughly 18% of the state's registered Democrats.
"The Republican party is as unified as I've ever seen it in my lifetime," said Kevin Yoder, District 3 candidate. "We are poised to win in November."
But the battle may not be an easy one. Despite promising turnout on Tuesday, officials say many voters are still disenchanted with Republicans.
"This is not an easy lift for us," Jenkins said. "Republicans have made some mistakes... We have to earn back [voters] hearts and minds."
Mike Pompeo of Wichita said he wanted to bring back the city's lost aviation jobs.
"We've lost half our aviation jobs in the last 24 months," he said, accusing President Obama during his primary election night speech of making it an unpopular to own or fly in a private jet built in Kansas.
Candidates also pledged to bring the country's growing debt under control, work to expand soon-to-expire tax cuts, and try to repeal recent health care legislation.
Each also said they wanted to see House Speaker and Democrat Nancy Pelosi out of a job.
"We're going to replace the Speaker with somebody who is more than willing to listen to the American people, and to stand up for the type of principals that Kansans want and deserve," said District 1 candidate Tim Huelskamp.