Wolf, who said he is a cousin of Barack Obama, wasted no time telling an audience of about 40 Monday evening at the Franklin County Republican Central Committee, he does not share the U.S. president’s policymaking beliefs.
“There’s not a thing he has done that I agree with, except maybe one. ... He said I was a nice guy, and I can agree with that,” Wolf said to audience laughter.
Wolf outlined his reasons for running against U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan, his main objectives if elected to office and answered audience members’ questions Monday night at the Church of the Nazarene, Seventh and South Elm streets, Ottawa.
He started the evening with a brief promotional video, explaining his rural roots and childhood in Lyons.
Wolf grew up in a farming family, he said, and has been a Republican all his life.
“I, for one, believe in the Lord our God, my firearm of choice is the Ruger SR-556, and I have hatred toward no man, only toward bad government that destroys our freedom and our future,” he said.
Wolf adamantly opposed the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, saying, if elected, it would be his No. 1 priority to get his own health strategies on the table, which he would be releasing in detail later this week, he said.
Wolf, who practices diagnostic radiology in the Kansas City area, called his plan “Patient Care,” and said it would be based on insurance portability, health savings accounts and lawsuit reform, all centering on what’s best for the patient.
He said he also believes in Second Amendment rights, that life begins at conception and that all able-bodied individuals should work.
“I think everyone who can work, should, and everyone else should get off their sofa, they should hang up their free Obama phone, and they should get a job,” he said.
The three senators he admires, he said, are U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rand Paul, R-Kentucky.
“When I go to Washington, I’m going to stand with them,” Wolf said.
Wolf who called himself a “Constitutional Conservative,” also said he wanted tax reform and tax neutrality, as well as federal spending reigned in, calling it “not just a spending crisis. That’s a moral crisis.”
Regarding his bid to unseat Roberts, Wolf said he has voted for the longtime senator just about every time he could and respected the man, albeit acknowledging votes he disagreed with, but Roberts’ 47 years of service is long enough as a Washington politician.
“That’s longer than I’ve been alive,” he said. “I’d like to give Sen. Roberts the retirement I think he has earned.”
Wolf vowed if elected, he would not serve more than two terms in the U.S. Senate.
“When my mission is complete, I will come home and practice medicine again,” he said.