State of Kansas Archives: on Principles & Values

Mark Pryor: AdWatch: I believe in God and I believe in His word

Pryor launched a new political ad, in which he doesn't talk about political issues or his opponent; he just talks about the Bible:

"I'm not ashamed to say that I believe in God and I believe in His word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers. Only God does. And neither political party is always right. This is my compass, my north star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what's best for Arkansas. I'm Mark Pryor, and I approve this message because this is who I am and what I believe."

The centrality of faith in Pryor's life is well-known. But the ad was slammed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, who mockingly suggested the ad contradicted comments Pryor had made last year: "The Bible is really not a rule book for political issues. Everybody can see it differently."

The ad has drawn a mixed response from progressive commentators, especially Pryor's "I'm not ashamed" line, suggesting it is a dog-whistle for those who believe that Christianity is under attack in America.

Source: Huffington Post AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Dec 11, 2013

Sam Brownback: Five measurable, significant, achievable goals

    My Administration will put forth five measurable, significant goals that cumulatively will help push our great state forward into better times with courage, humanity, and hope. They are:
  1. Increase in net personal income
  2. Increase in private sector employment
  3. Increase in the percentage of 4th graders reading at grade level
  4. Increase in the percentage of high school graduates who are college or career ready
  5. Decrease in the percentage of Kansas' children who live in poverty
We are certainly subject to global currents largely out of our control, but we are not rudderless. I believe these goals to be significant and achievable; successfully reaching them will change countless lives for the better and make the future of Kansas brighter.
Source: 2011 Kansas State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Some say I'm too liberal; some say I'm too conservative

Lincoln said, "I'm the most independent voice in Washington these days, quite frankly," she said. "Some people say I'm too liberal and others say I'm too conservative. The fact is, I'm in the middle; I'm working hard; I'm out there working to make a difference."

Boozman repeatedly highlighted Lincoln's role as a pivotal vote in the passage of Obama's health-care law. "Sen. Lincoln is very proud of being the deciding vote of Obamacare. I want to be the deciding vote to repeal it," Boozman said.

Source: Boston Globe coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

John Boozman: Arkansas can't afford Blanche Lincoln anymore

Republican Senate hopeful John Boozman said Arkansas "can't afford" Blanche Lincoln anymore, while the Democratic incumbent accused Boozman of putting politics above the state's needs as the two debated on Friday for the first time in their election matchup.

Boozman and Lincoln sparred over Social Security, taxes and earmarks during the debate. "Sen. Lincoln is a good friend and I admire her, yet we can't afford her anymore," Boozman, a congressman representing northwest Arkansas, said.

Lincoln criticized Boozman for supporting House Republicans' moratorium on earmarks and said that his opposition to money for local projects is harming his congressional district. "The fact is he signed with his party above his state and his district," Lincoln said.

Source: Associated Press coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate debate Sep 10, 2010

Jean Carnahan: Set sail instead of choosing a safe harbor

I hope that when the history of our time is written, it will be said of Democrats that we did not choose the safe harbor. Rather let it be said that we set sail. We caught the wind. We pushed onward through troubled waters. We found a new way.
Source:, Jean Carnahan Bio Jan 1, 2001

John McCain: 5 principles for a great nationís diplomacy

First, seek no substitute for American leadership in the defense of American interests and values. Second, we must protect our interests to promote our values and vice versa. Third, force has a role in but is not a substitute for diplomacy. Fourth, build coalitions to protect our interests and values, donít neglect our interests and values to build coalitions. Fifth and last, credibility is a strategic asset.
Source: Landon Lecture at Kansas State University Mar 15, 1999

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