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VOTERS GUIDE: Robin Carnahan

Candidate for U.S. Senate
Monday, July 19, 2010 | 11:52 a.m. CDT; updated 8:26 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 29, 2010

A fifth-generation Missourian, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said her interest in public service stems from the values her parents, former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan and former U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan, instilled in her.

Carnahan said she decided to run for U.S. Senate because “Washington’s broken, and we need to get our economy back on track, our budget under control and create those new jobs that we need here in Missouri.”

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PERSONAL: From St. Louis. Age 48. Married to Juan Carlos Antolinez. No children.

PARTY AFFILIATION: Democrat

ON THE WEB: Website: http://www.robincarnahan.com/; Facebook: Robin Carnahan; Twitter: RobinCarnahan; YouTube: robincarnahan; Flickr: Robin Carnahan for Senate

OCCUPATION: Missouri secretary of state

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in economics from William Jewell College, juris doctor from the University of Virginia

BACKGROUND: member of various National Association of Secretaries of State committees, worked at the National Democratic Institute in central and eastern Europe, served at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, administers the Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program


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She said recent bailouts are “unacceptable” and “that’s been a great motivator” in her decision to run.

She said she brings her record and experience as secretary of state to the office of senator, which no other candidate can. She also said working on her family farm in Rolla has taught her the common sense necessary for senators.

“One of the things you learn on the farm is when something breaks, you fix it," Carnahan said. "That’s the kind of common sense, get-down approach needed.”

Carnahan is a Democrat, but she said she wouldn't necessarily side with President Barack Obama because of party loyalty.

“Look, I’m going to be an independent voice looking out for Missouri,” she said.

PRIMARY ISSUES

  • Afghanistan: Carnahan says she is committed to fighting terrorists and defeating them in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East. She wants to "refocus" our efforts and committee to measurable benchmarks of progress.
  • Bailouts: Carnahan opposes any further bailouts of private companies.
  • Health care: Carnahan supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in 2010 but focuses mostly on holding insurance companies responsible.
  • Corruption: Carnahan has taken aim at political corruption in her campaign, calling for more regulation of lobbyists, campaign finance and special interest groups.

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