Bond makes stop to talk to students

Sunday, October 17, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:41 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sen. Kit Bond made an interestingcampaign stop Friday afternoon — speaking to a classroom of about 50 ninth-grade honors students at Oakland Junior High School.

Two students, Cameron Doolady and Ian Arnold, asked the senator to speak to their class as part of a project to acquaint themselves with politi-cal candidates.

“Even if you don't run for office, politics and government affect your lives so much; you ought to take an active role and support the candidate that you like,” Bond told the class.

Bond, the Republican incumbent, also outlined his policies and took questions from the students, who pressed him on issues such as abortion, taxes, outsourcing and alternative forms of energy.

On Thursday, Doolady and Arnold will combine their efforts to portray Bond in a mock senatorial debate open to students, parents and the public. Two other students will portray Nancy Farmer, the Democratic challenger.

“(The debate) will be to inform the public and whoever shows up about the stance on issues by the candidates and just overall knowledge so they can make a more informed decision on Nov. 2,” Doolady said.

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