COLUMBIA — Robin Carnahan, who is running for U.S. Senate, kicked off her "Stop the Bull" tour Tuesday afternoon in a packed back room at the downtown Shakespeare's Pizza after stops in Springfield and Independence.
The tour is to outline Carnahan's three-point plan, which she would use to counter the problems she sees in Washington. During her speech, Carnahan, a Democrat and currently secretary of state, said change is slow in coming in Washington and the legislators have forgotten who they are working for.
Retired social worker Eleanore Wickersham, 66, came out to support Carnahan because of her policies that focus on helping middle-class families.
"I think she would be on the side of the people," Wickersham said.
Drawing on her background as a cattle farmer, Carnahan presented her plan for cleaning up Washington.
"When you're on the farm and something breaks, you fix it," Carnahan said. "To me, today, Washington feels very broken."
As the first part of her plan, Carnahan said she would "stop the pork and cut the fat in Washington." She listed banning earmarks and cracking down on overpayments as ways to save money.
Carnahan also called for the end of corporate giveaways and bailouts. "We have got to end this culture of bailouts," Carnahan said. "We need to make sure middle-class families don't get stuck paying the bill another time around."
As her final point, Carnahan said legislators should stop the "culture of reckless spending," including instituting "real pay-as-you-go rules."
"If we're going to add new things, you to need to figure out how you're going to pay for it," Carnahan said.
Columbia resident Joyce Christian said she attended the speech to show support for the Carnahan family.
"I've always supported her family," Christian, 53, said. "I think very, very highly of her family."
While the more than 25 people rose to a standing ovation at the end of Carnahan's speech, not all of those gathered at Shakespeare's came out to support Carnahan's views.
Columbia resident Jackie Edwards stood outside Shakespeare's holding a sign promoting rubberstamprobin.com.
"She will do nothing," Edwards said, adding that Carnahan is President Barack Obama's rubber stamp.
"She's not going to do anything for this country," Edwards said.