Sen. Roberts’ fate tied to farm bill

National News

November 13, 2018 - 10:52 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is working to get a farm bill passed to prove he’s still a viable candidate for 2020.

The farm bill is crucial for the 82-year-old chairman of the Senate agriculture committee after he survived a 2014 primary challenge against a political newcomer with less than 50 percent of vote and needed a flood of national money to win the general election. It’s unlikely he would be able to avoid another primary challenge or a strong Democratic challenger if he runs for a fifth term, which would keep him in office through his 90th birthday, The Wichita Eagle reports.

“Marines always take the hill,” Roberts told McClatchy in September. “You just want to know whether you want to take that next hill down the road. Let’s just get this one (the farm bill) done and the rest will take care of itself.”

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