Sep 22, 2014 6:22 PM

Dole campaigns for Roberts in Kansas Senate race

The Associated Press

DODGE CITY, Kansas (AP) Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was set to campaign for fellow Republican Pat Roberts Monday in a Senate race that suddenly has become competitive for the three-term incumbent.

Dole, 91, planned to attend an event with Roberts Monday evening in Dodge City, where Roberts lists his residence but admits having visited only seven times this year. The pair also plans to attend other events together Tuesday in heavily Republican western Kansas.

Dole, the 1996 Republican nominee for president, also is from western Kansas.

"Bob Dole is universally respected in Kansas," said Bill Lacy, a former Dole aide and current director of the Dole Institute for Politics at University of Kansas in Lawrence. "Bob Dole transcends the politics of today."

Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman is running as an independent in the race, but Roberts has tried to paint him as a Democrat in disguise and a rubber stamp vote for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Having eked out victory in a GOP primary in August, Roberts finds himself locked in a tight race with Orman. Roberts revamped his campaign team at the request of national Republican Party officials this month, when polls showed the race tight, and Roberts with little general election organization.

Roberts, 78, is running a two-pronged campaign touting his conservative record over three terms in the Senate and eight in the U.S. House and poking at Orman, 45, as an unknown and untested candidate.

Orman, of Olathe, disclosed in documents submitted to the Senate that he owns assets worth between $21.5 million and $86 million.

Questions have arisen in recent days about the source of Orman's wealth, given his business and personal ties to convicted financier Rajat K. Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs board member sentenced to federal prison in 2012 for insider trading.


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