Blunt kicks off tour, outlines goals at MU

Sunday, January 18, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:11 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2008

Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt spread the news of his candidacy for governor in a tour starting in Columbia on Saturday. He also visited Camdenton, Joplin and Branson to outline his goals and ask for support.

About 70 people, among them Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane and Boone County Presiding Commissioner Keith Schnarre, gathered in MU’s Memorial Union to show their support.

In his speech, Blunt accused the current administration of being responsible for unemployment.

He also said “improving service and lowering cost” for Missourians is possible at the same time. As an example, he pointed to the Secretary of State’s office, which he said reduced spending by 14 percent and trimmed the work force by 11 percent during his time in the office.

Blunt, 33, said he wants to consistently fund schools. “We will never deliver less money to Missouri’s classrooms than we did the year before,” he said.

Blunt also stressed the importance of improving health care by “protecting health care providers from frivolous litigation.”

Blunt said he is not concerned that Missouri Gov. Bob Holden has more than twice as much money on hand for his campaign — $3.12 million compared with $1.46 million — and said he has the necessary resources.

State Auditor Claire McCaskill, who is opposing Holden for the Democratic nomination, had $1.59 million in campaign reports filed last week.

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