The candidates for the 4th District seat in Congress squared off mostly about jobs in their first debate, with Republican Mike Pompeo highlighting his business record and Democrat Raj Goyle touting his job-creation efforts as a Kansas legislator.
Goyle, a state representative from Wichita, lit into Pompeo for starting a small factory in Mexicali, Mexico, when he was president of Wichita-based Thayer Aerospace in 2003.
“We have fundamental differences about how to approach creating and protecting jobs,” Goyle said. “My opponent has said that nothing can be done about sending these jobs overseas. He’s engaged in the practice himself. And he’s actually said that he fundamentally thinks it’s not his job to bring jobs back to Kansas. I couldn’t disagree more.”
Pompeo, a Republican national committeeman and businessman, has said he created the Mexico jobs to land a contract that created more jobs in Kansas.