Gubernatorial candidate talks to MU Republicans

Matt Blunt focuses on education and vows to deliver results.
Thursday, September 16, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:16 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Matt Blunt described Missouri as a state with “tremendous potential” on Wednesday night, as he addressed a full house of MU College Republicans on the MU campus.

Blunt spoke only briefly about his platform in the gubernatorial race and spent most of his time answering questions from his young supporters. His address was heavily laced with promises of delivering tangible results.

“If they don’t see improvement, they need to hold me accountable,” said Blunt about the people of Missouri, specifically citing his plan to improve the state’s roads and highways.

Blunt described his campaign’s “very clear pledges” towards the improvement of public education in the state.

Both candidates are making education a priority in their platforms. Increasing the efficiency and amount of school funding is a policy both candidates are pushing for the November elections.

Claire McCaskill, the Democratic candidate for governor and current state auditor, promises that school districts will be audited once every three years and that the formula used to allocate school funding will be reworked.

“Once dollars have been approved, that’s dollars they are going to receive,” Blunt said about funding the state’s school districts.

The constitutionality of the equity and adequacy of the funding Missouri’s schools receive through the foundation formula is being challenged in the Cole County Circuit Court.

In his Wednesday evening speech Blunt, who is currently serving as Secretary of State, promised he will fulfill his promises — something he said his opponent did not do once she assumed the office of the auditor.

Blunt’s promises include plans to control the taxation of Missouri citizens, reforming medical malpractice laws that make the state one of 18 crisis states in the nation and seeking revenue in what he called spurt economic growth. He described revenue for Missouri in the form of jobs and the overall strengthening of the economy.

He also addressed a need to implement litigation reform and reaffirmed his position supporting rights guaranteed in the second amendment.

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