Roy Blunt on Principles & Values
Republican Representative (MO-7)
"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.
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