Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is still working to shore up his conservative base in the wake of his heated primary campaign against Milton Wolf.
On Monday, Roberts’ camp announced that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a stalwart conservative, will join Roberts on a statewide bus tour beginning Thursday.
“I am proud to call Pat Roberts a friend and to endorse him in this important race for U.S. Senate,” Cruz said in a statement released by Roberts.
“One year ago, Pat stood by my side in the fight to defund Obamacare, and he will continue to fight against intrusive liberal policies in the U.S. Senate. To stop the liberal Harry Reid-Barack Obama agenda, we must win the Senate Majority – and we can’t do that without Pat Roberts back in the Senate.”
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Joining Roberts and Cruz will be Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn.
Cruz is listed as making a stop with Roberts in Wichita at noon Thursday. Coburn then travels with Roberts to Topeka, Emporia, Wichita and Winfield.
That Roberts has to turn to Cruz this late in the campaign suggests that he’s still struggling to bring conservatives who backed Wolf into his fold.
The move is also a gamble. Cruz is intensely controversial and will put off independents and moderate Republicans that Roberts must win to beat independent Greg Orman, who leads in the polls.