In the Kansas 3rd district debate, Adkins ties the opponent to Biden. Davids says we ‘can’t trust him’ | KCUR 89.3

A debate between the candidates for pivot 3rd Kansas’ congressional district was given a test of will on Friday.

Outgoing U.S. Representative Sharice Davids, a Democrat, has shown her preference for bipartisan solutions on a range of issues — a landmark trade deal, border security, infrastructure spending and lower prescription drug prices.

Challenger Amanda Adkins, a Republican, drew on her experience with Cerner Corp., casting herself as a private sector problem solver who can help rein in government spending, fight for border security and ease the burden on families grappling with soaring prices and an imminent threat. recession.

Drawing inspiration from former President Ronald Reagan, Adkins said a central question in his campaign asks voters, “Are you better off today?” The responses, she said, echoed concern over rising grocery prices and fears about inflation.

Meanwhile, Davids stressed that voters need to think about who Adkins has aligned herself with, charging that too often it’s with “extremists” within the GOP, people who want a federal ban on abortion and those “who call the results of our elections into question.”

“We really can’t trust her on the issues,” Davids said of Adkins, whom she also accused of “regurgitating Republican talking points.”

Adkins responded that Davids’ comments were “dishonest and misleading”.

Adkins has repeatedly labeled Davids as being in tune with President Joe Biden’s agenda and is therefore at least partly responsible for the state of the economy.

“Have you ever voted with Joe Biden? Adkins asked.

Each candidate, like their respective parties, understands that the stakes are high for the constituency.

It’s not just about how the Kansans are portrayed. In the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 8, the winner’s party could control the House of Representatives for the next two years.

According to recent campaign materials, Davids spent about $5.9 million, nearly three times that of Adkins, who spent $2.2 million.

A rematch between Davids and Adkins

Adkins, the Republican nominee, took on Davids in 2020, losing 10 percentage points, 53.6% to 43.6%.

But that was before the district was redrawn, a process that happens after every U.S. census. The previous lines favored a Democrat who could retain the seat.

Amid accusations of gerrymandering, voters north of Interstate 70 in diverse Wyandotte County were excluded. And more rural and likely conservative voters from Miami, Franklin and Anderson counties were added to the district.

This isn’t the first time the nation’s eyes have been drawn to Kansas and its politics this election cycle.

In August, the nation’s attention focused on the state through the issue of abortion, following the overthrow of Roe v. Wade. Kansas was the first state where voters, in a nearly 60/40 split, maintained access to legal process in their state.

Abortion was mentioned at the start of Friday’s debate.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Sharice Davids (left) and Republican challenger Amanda Adkins visit Kansas City’s 3rd District congressional debate moderator Nick Haines of Kansas City PBS

Adkins, echoing previous statements, insisted she respects the decision Kansas voters made in August when they affirmed the right to a legal abortion, with limits, in the state.

Adkins said she believes the issue should be decided at the state level, also saying she does not favor a federal ban, which some fear if the GOP gains control of the House.

Davids reiterated her pro-choice stance, vowing she will fight to make sure “politicians aren’t the ones making these decisions for you.”

Turning repeatedly to the economy, Adkins criticized Davids and the Biden administration for the U.S. bailout, pointing out that many economists are worried about the rollout of so much fiscal stimulus.

Davids insisted that as the child of a single mother, she was well aware of the issues of working-class families. She reiterated her work with fellow congressmen on trade deals and her belief in access to education to help fill technical and business jobs.

Davids used the old-fashioned method of campaigning, going door-to-door to introduce herself to voters when she entered the political arena as a newcomer in 2018. She defeated then-incumbent Kevin Yoder.

After winning the seat, she also added cracks to the infamous congressional glass ceilings. Davids is openly gay, one of only 11 members of Congress who identify as LGBTQ. She is also Native American, one of only six Native Americans currently serving in Congress. She is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Adkins is among a record number of Republican women seeking and often elected in recent years.

Adkins has long been associated with GOP politics, serving as chairman of the Kansas Republican Party and as a member of a children’s cabinet and mental health task force under the administration of the former Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

Kansas City PBS hosted the debate in partnership with the Shawnee Mission Post and KCUR 89.3.

This story originally appeared on Flatland and is part of ongoing midterm election coverage by members of the KC Media Collective, which includes KCPBS/Flatland and KCUR.

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