Donald Trump Jr. Campaigns For Kobach In Wichita

Jul 18, 2018
Originally published on July 18, 2018 11:31 am

Secretary of State Kris Kobach got a boost in his run for Kansas governor from Donald Trump Jr. at an event Tuesday night in Wichita.

As the crowd cheered "U-S-A! U-S-A!," Kobach introduced Trump as a man who "needs no introduction."

The $100-per-person dinner was the second time the president’s son has campaigned for Kobach, who is seeking the GOP nomination. Trump Jr. was in Overland Park last year, and like last time, Tuesday’s event in east Wichita was staged as a friendly, talk-show-style sit-down — with no mentions of this week’s events in Finland involving President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

The discussion instead covered hunting, trade, the president's first 18 months in office and the upcoming midterms.

Kobach said he's not expecting a "blue wave" in Kansas, referring to the possibility of a Democratic sweep in November.

“What’s your sense of 2018 as you go around the country?" he asked Trump.

"Listen," Trump replied, "I always say the other side is motivated by hate and nonsense."

At one point an audience member suggested a Trump Jr.-Kobach ticket in 2024 – and both Trump and Kobach expressed at least some interest.

"Like I say, you never know," Trump said. "We certainly got the bug a little bit."

Kobach was an early supporter of President Trump and served on his now-defunct election integrity commission.

Follow Nadya Faulx on Twitter @NadyaFaulx. To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org.

Copyright 2018 KMUW | NPR for Wichita. To see more, visit KMUW | NPR for Wichita.