SPECIAL: U.S. House 4th District Race

WICHITA, Kansas – It’s a hot race between incumbent Mike Pompeo and the man who used to hold that office Todd Tiahrt.

According to the KSN news poll, this one could come down to the wire, with the incumbent at 46% to Tiahrt’s 39%, and a margin of error of ±3.9.

First, let’s take a look at who each of these candidates are.



Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo (KSN graphic)
Mike Pompeo (KSN graphic)

50-year-old Mike Pompeo is the current U.S. Congressman in the 4th District since 2011.

Before Congress, he spent about 15 years running a couple of small businesses.

Pompeo is running for re-election on a platform that includes the idea of repealing Obamacare.

“Our health care system had problems long before Obamacare. But Obamacare went in the wrong direction,” said Pompeo.

He also said he’s worked hard to help the airline industry in Kansas, and said he wants to find a way to grow the Kansas economy, by slowing or stopping what he calls excessive government regulations coming out of Washington.

Pompeo did help pass the Small Airplane Revitalization Act and said that will help create more jobs in Kansas.

Todd Tiahrt

Todd Tiahrt (KSN graphic)
Todd Tiahrt (KSN graphic)

Todd Tiahrt was the U.S. Congressman from Kansas in the 4th district from 1995 to 2011. He ran for U.S. Senate but and lost to Senator Jerry Moran.

Tiahrt said current congressman Mike Pompeo has not been effective and claims Pompeo voted several times for Obamacare, a claim Pompeo calls misleading.

Tiahrt said he wants to get veterans better care and he wants to challenge what he calls NSA spying on Americans.

Tiahrt said his first task in office would be to help put more money back into Kansans’ pockets.

“And I think I got my points across. This local economy is tanking. We’ve lost half our airplane companies,” said Tiahrt.

Tiahrt considers himself a conservative, and said the current administration in Washington needs to be challenged.

The issues factoring this election are big and, likely voters tell KSN that they’re looking at three main reasons to pick a candidate.

  • Jobs and the Economy at 38%
  • Obamacare at 24%
  • Immigration is at 18%

The most divisive and contested issue is Obamacare.

We reached out to congressman Pompeo for his stance on Obamacare.

He said he backs a different stance on how to deal with the health care situation.

“Not insurance company centered not government centered but patient centered and if we get that we get it right we can drive no cost on our health care system which is that alone would access the biggest challenges facing our health care system today,” said Pompeo.

We asked Todd Tiahrt about his stance on Obamacare.

“What I would do is put restrictions on the money. I would start with the IRS agents. We know that this president is not going to allow it to be overturned, but, what we don’t know is how we can refine it so it has some changes to it in the meantime. Yanking the IRS agents out of healthcare is a good first step and that’s what I want to do,” said Tiahrt.

Obamacare has been one of the most contested issues between the two candidates in this campaign, a lot of allegations about “who” supports “what.”

There is a democrat running for this seat unopposed, to learn more about Perry Schuckman, click here.

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