State of Missouri Archives: on Principles & Values


Jay Nixon: Our legacy is measured by lasting impact on our communities

One year ago, many of us gathered in St. Louis to mourn the loss of an icon--Missouri's adopted son, Stan Musial. He was known to say, "Every day you put this jersey on, it's a privilege."

The same can be said for all of us in this room. Every day when you put that pin on your lapel, and enter these doors to do the people's business, it's a privilege. And with that privilege comes responsibility. It's easy to get caught up in the controversy of the hour. Or the latest tweet. But we must be bigger than that, because the work we do here is very, very real [to Missourians]. And their state government has been with them every step of the way -because that's what we do. That's why we serve. We're here to make a difference for those who work hard and need a hand--often times for people we'll never meet. Because the legacy we leave will not be measured by votes on Election Day or back-slaps in these hallways--it will be measured by the lasting impact we have on the communities we serve.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Missouri legislature Jan 21, 2014

Sarah Steelman: Elected officials are trustees of the people

Steelman felt she was a trustee of the people in a constitutional republic form of government.

Akin advocated for getting rid of the Departments of Energy, Education and Commerce. The representative believes every bill before Congress should have a webpage dedicated to why a certain bill is constitutional or not.

Source: Yahoo.com coverage of KYTV 2012 Missouri Senate debate May 27, 2012

Todd Akin: I'm no career politician; I left a safe district

Brunner touted his experience in the private sector, where he learned the skills needed to unseat McCaskill, such as surrounding himself with "a great team." He said, "You have to have a great message, and a great message is not another career politician."

Akin, a six-term congressman, took exception. "If I were a career politician, I'd stay in a safe congressional district, wouldn't I?" While Akin listed jobs in a steel mill and for IBM, he also painted his experience in Washington, D.C., as an attribute. "I don't think the Senate is the place for on-the-job training," he said.

Brunner, who has poured more than $2 million of his own money into his campaign and has outspent his opponents, called Akin's remarks about on-the-job training "political talk." His opponents' recent job experience "is a little different than being on the production line," he said.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2012 Missouri Senate debate Apr 22, 2012

Todd Akin: Experienced conservative voice in Congress

At a debate Saturday during a Republican conference in Kansas City, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin highlighted his experience as a conservative voice in Congress. Former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman cast herself as a fighter for freedom over her career. John Brunner stressed his experience as a businessman in St. Louis while pledging to be a "citizen senator."
Source: KSDK coverage of 2012 Missouri Senate debate Feb 19, 2012

Robin Carnahan: Rep. Blunt is an insider Congressman

Blunt sought to tie Carnahan to the Democrats in power. And Carnahan repeatedly referred to Blunt as "Congressman," reinforcing Blunt's insider status. She accused him for being more responsible for the recession than she.

"The fact was that I was in Jefferson City and he was in Washington," she said. Blunt shot back that voters put Democrats in charge in 2006, when the party took over the House, and in 2008, when Pres. Obama was elected, "and look where that got us."

Blunt also addressed an issue that's been the crux of Carnahan's "insider" allegations: She says Blunt attempted to put a provision that benefited his then-girlfriend's company into the bill that created the Homeland Security Dept.

Blunt said the provision was one of many that he heard that made sense when Congress crafted the bill, though he didn't mention his now-wife, who was then a lobbyist for tobacco giant Phillip Morris. Blunt previously had remained mum on the provision, saying only that it was a national security issue.

Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Roy Blunt: Married a lobbyist for tobacco giant Phillip Morris

Blunt sought to tie Carnahan to the Democrats in power. And Carnahan repeatedly referred to Blunt as "Congressman," reinforcing Blunt's insider status. She accused him for being more responsible for the recession than she.

"The fact was that I was in Jefferson City and he was in Washington," she said. Blunt shot back that voters put Democrats in charge in 2006, when the party took over the House, and in 2008, when Pres. Obama was elected, "and look where that got us."

Blunt also addressed an issue that's been the crux of Carnahan's "insider" allegations: She says Blunt attempted to put a provision that benefited his then-girlfriend's company into the bill that created the Homeland Security Dept.

Blunt said the provision was one of many that he heard that made sense when Congress crafted the bill, though he didn't mention his now-wife, who was then a lobbyist for tobacco giant Phillip Morris. Blunt previously had remained mum on the provision, saying only that it was a national security issue.

Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

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