Blunt hints at campaign’s focus

The secretary of state attacks Holden’s policies.
Friday, October 17, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:22 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt revealed a glimpse into his anticipated gubernatorial campaign on Thursday.

Blunt virtually announced his Republican candidacy as he talked about his campaign contributions.

“They’re going to be used in an important 2004 endeavor,” he said. “I think people across the state are ready for change. That’s why we’ve been successful in soliciting that sort of support in communities all across our state.”

With 13 months left to collect donations, Blunt already has raised

$2 million.

At the annual legislative session of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Blunt criticized Democratic Gov. Bob Holden and his response to the state’s anemic economic climate.

“We need to have an administration that confronts challenges and faces them head on, not one that attempts to deny they exist,” Blunt said.

Blunt promoted economic priorities similar to the ones chamber officials said they would pursue during the next legislative session. Worker’s compensation and unemployment insurance needs to be overhauled to improve Missouri’s regulatory competitiveness with other states and to help retain jobs and businesses, Blunt said. He did not specify how the systems would be changed.

Joi Preciphs contributed to this story.

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