|By Tim Carpenter; Tim Carpenter [email protected]|
Taylor, serving as the county's top prosecutor since 2008, outlined his impetus for a statewide run during a kickoff event at offices of the
If successful in the August primary, Taylor would face the winner of a showdown between Roberts and challenger
Roberts is a three-term senator who has worked in
No Democrat has won election to the
Taylor said he would work through November to introduce himself so voters would know he was an advocate of a national defense respected throughout the world, an economy that delivered good- paying jobs, and a government that didn't intrude on established constitutional rights of citizens.
He said national health insurance reform, known as Obamacare, had positive elements but was implemented poorly and in need of bipartisan repair.
He promised not to make use of Wolf's approach to gaining notoriety.
"One of the ways I'm not going to do it is, I'm not going to put crime scene photos up on my
Taylor, 40, revealed creation of an exploratory committee in November at the urging of Kansans unhappy with
"The people who have gotten our country into the situation will not be the people who lead us out. They have proven this," Taylor said.
He said the national debt was
"When I think about those figures, I'm reminded of
Roberts campaign spokesman
"They do not have that in Senator Roberts, who was failing by every conservative standard prior to getting a primary challenger, and they certainly won't be getting that from someone running under the banner of
In the news conference, Taylor said he anticipated Republican operatives would unfairly attempt to link him in campaign appeals to politicians he had never met, including the Democratic president and U.S. Rep.
Taylor also predicted criticism about his decision in 2011 to cease prosecuting domestic batteries committed in
"That's an unfortunate situation that occurred as a result of across-the-board, unthought-through budgetary cuts," Taylor said. "I learned when you have legislative bodies that make capricious and arbitrary decisions that can affect public safety."
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