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Jim Talent

During the United States’ 200-plus years, military veterans have at times been honored and at other times forgotten.

After World War I, perceived mistreatment led veterans to camp out in Washington. After World War II, Congress -- and then-President Harry S Truman, a World War I vet -- crafted the GI Bill and other measures to help veterans readjust to civilian life.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., says he’s strongly in favor of the federal government living within its means. But that doesn’t mean, he adds, that the United States should put its national security at risk.

That’s what Talent fears is happening as a result of the latest round of defense cuts mandated by the “sequester” – mandated across-the-board budget cuts for the next 10 years that went into place a few weeks ago as a result of Republicans and Democrats in Congress, and President Barack Obama, failing to agree on an alternate deficit-cutting plan.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 14, 2012 - Former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent led a trio of Missouri Republicans today who discounted last week's sweeping primary victory by Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum and instead lauded GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as the corporate "turn-around expert'' that the nation needs to transform the country.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 11, 2012 - WASHINGTON - Four years ago, former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent was at the candidate's headquarters in New Hampshire when Mitt Romney's high hopes for the GOP presidential nomination were dashed by a loss to Sen. John McCain.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 8, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Playing an attack role in Mitt Romney's new effort to fend off his chief rival, former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent said Thursday that Newt Gingrich "is not a reliable or trustworthy leader" and would likely lose a presidential race to Barack Obama.

Report: McCaskill spent less on travel than others

Apr 11, 2011
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A newspaper's review of travel records has found that U.S Sen. Claire McCaskill spent far less for four years of flights on her private plane than two former Missouri senators spent for travel over similar time spans.

  • Former U.S. Senator Jim Talent has announced that he will not challenge Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in 2012. Instead he plans to continue his private-sector work on national security policies and hopes to aid former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney if he decides to run for president. Talent's decision opens the way for several other Republicans to throw their hat in the ring. Former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman has already announced that she will run.

UPDATE 3:25 p.m. Jan. 27, 2011:

As expected, Talent has announced that he will not run for Senate in 2012. He shared the news with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today.

UPDATE 10:53 a.m. Jan. 26, 2011: