Five Questions: Obama’s cousin Milton Wolf on cow milking and Kansas hoops

January 28, 2014

Welcome to the first installment of Five Questions!

Every election cycle, we sit down with dozens of candidates for Congress and governor. This year, we're aiming to show you a different side. Who are they beyond the talking points and slogans in their campaign ads? What are their opinions on sports and pop culture? And what do they like to do when they are not on the campaign trail?

Our first candidate is Milton Wolf, a Republican running for U.S. Senate in Kansas. Wolf is a tea party conservative who just happens to be President Obama's second cousin once removed. (For more on his campaign, check out this item on Post Politics.)

Here's the Five Questions segment in video form, along with a transcript of the discussion, edited for brevity:

Milton Wolf is running for Senate in Kansas. He's also President Obama's second cousin. We asked him about their relationship — and another famous Milton. (Jeff Simon/The Washington Post)

1. You're second cousins with Obama. What do you have in common with him?

I don't think there's a darn thing that Barack Obama has said or has done that I would agree with. We are about as diametrically opposed as two people could be. There is maybe one thing he has said that I'll admit to agreeing with. In fact, it's the only thing I'm aware of that he's said publicly about me. He has said that I'm a nice guy. I'll agree with that.

2. What's one thing we don't know about the Wolf family?

The Wolf side in particular is a dairy farming family. I know during this campaign they have said already and they will continue to say a lot of things about me. But one thing they will never be able to take away from me is that I was the 1988 Rice County cow milking champion.

3. Which Kansas basketball star gets drafted first next year, Joel Embiid or Andrew Wiggins?

I wish we could keep them longer, but I'm going to have to go with Wiggins on this one.

4. In "Office Space," which stapler does the character Milton prefer -- Swingline or Boston -- and why?

It happens to be the same stapler I have in my home, which is the red Swingline stapler. Now I can tell you why he liked it. But I liked it because he liked it.

5. You're a radiologist. Which is harder, med school or the campaign trail?

They're different. They're both difficult in different ways, very demanding of your time and your concentration and your effort.

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