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John McCain to stump for Sen. Pat Roberts in Overland Park


As we discussed in this space a few days ago, the GOP cavalry is on its way to Kansas to boost the political prospects of Sen. Pat Roberts.

The best example of that so far will take place Wednesday when Arizona Sen. John McCain comes to Overland Park to appear with Roberts, his long-time Senate colleague.

McCain will attend a rally at 3:30 p.m. that day at the Johnson County headquarters for Roberts for Senate. That’s at 12651 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

McCain will make a second stop in Topeka on Thursday morning.

In a brief interview with CQ Roll Call on Wednesday, McCain confirmed his upcoming appearances and referred to Roberts as “an old Marine.”

McCain, who’s never been a favorite of the right, has joked in interviews that he wasn’t sought after during primary campaigns when he might have been viewed as more of a liability. But now that the general campaign is underway, that’s changed because McCain is seen as a popular choice to help candidates expand their reach to more centrist voters.

Roberts, a three-term incumbent, is in a tougher-than-anticipated race against independent Greg Orman.

Also speaking out on Roberts’ behalf will be former Sen. Bob Dole who will use a previously scheduled trip to the state next week to campaign for his former congressional colleague.