Former Missouri Sen. John Ashcroft, once one of the country's leading conservatives, has endorsed Rep. Todd Tiahrt in his race for the Senate in Kansas.
"Conservatives across this country are yearning for principled conservatives in Washington," Ashcroft, attorney general under former President George W. Bush, said in a statement. "I feel strongly that Todd Tiahrt can help provide that common sense conservative leadership in the Senate."
Tiahrt is seeking the Republican nomination to the seat being vacated next year by Sen. Sam Brownback, who is running for governor. Kansas Republican Rep. Jerry Moran is also seeking the seat.
Ashcroft, a former Missouri governor, served one term in the Senate. He also explored a run for president prior to the 2000 campaign.