By John Celock
Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is wading back into Kansas politics Wednesday releasing a new video touting U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and reminding Kansans about her visit earlier this month.
In a slightly over one minute video posted to her Facebook page, Palin, a former Alaska governor, shows footage of her appearance with Roberts at a pancake breakfast in Independence this month. The footage contains little comment from either Palin or Roberts, but attendees praising Palin. In the Facebook post, Palin discusses the need to reelect Roberts over independent Greg Orman.
“So what do you call an ‘independent’ candidate who has donated thousands to Obama, Reid, and Hillary? An “independent” candidate who is pro-amnesty and supports Obamacare? You call that candidate a liberal Democrat,” Palin wrote on Facebook. “And that could explain why in Kansas “independent” candidate Greg Orman has won the support of the George Soros family. Greg Orman will attend a high dollar fundraiser not in Kansas, but in New York City hosted by Jonathan Soros who has donated over $3.7 million to liberal causes over the years.”
Palin was citing a fundraiser for Orman being held this week co-hosted by Jonathan Soros and several other longtime Democratic donors in New York. Roberts has long been critical of Orman, saying that the independent would caucus with Democrats in the Senate. Orman has not said which party he would caucus with but said last week that he would not vote for either Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) or Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for majority leader. Orman took the lead in the race after Democrat Chad Taylor dropped out last month.
The race remains competitive with recent polling showing Roberts with a small lead. Since Orman’s rise, Roberts has shaken up his campaign by recruiting a new staff from Washington and having a group of top Republicans, including former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) campaign with him. The Tea Party Express has also endorsed Roberts.
Roberts is quoted in the video as describing Palin as a “true grassroots courageous Republican.” Other quotes in the video are effusive in praising the onetime vice presidential hopeful.
“It is important to support the people who support the values Kansas stands for, Sarah Palin does that,” one woman said to the camera.
Others in the video describe Palin as “family oriented,” “honest” and “trustworthy.” One person said that Palin “has revolutionized women in politics.” Palin is one of only two women to appear on a major party’s national ticket, following 1984 Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro of New York.
Roberts is quoted in the video as saying that Palin “really brings energy to the party.” Palin returned the praise in the Facebook post Wednesday.
“Kansas knows better – they know Pat Roberts. I travelled to Independence, Kansas, a few weeks ago to support Senator Roberts. In Independence they know a bit about what being independent means, and they know Greg Orman is far from it. He is beholden to liberal special interests and DC politicians like Harry Reid,” Palin wrote. “I’m encouraged to see Senator Roberts rising in the polls as more and more Kansans tune into this race. Kansans, Pat Roberts has fought hard for you; send him back to the Senate to keep up that fight!”