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Blunt, Kinder criticize Obama, Carnahan

By Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Two of Missouri's top Republicans are criticizing President Barack Obama's policies as he raises money for fellow Democrat Robin Carnahan's U.S. Senate campaign.

The president is appearing at two fundraising event in Kansas City for Carnahan. Her likely GOP opponent, Congressman Roy Blunt, says Carnahan's association with President Obama may actually help HIS campaign instead.

"That even more clearly associates her with his policies," Blunt told reporters during a conference call. "She would have been for the stimulus (package), which hasn't worked...she was for the Senate health care bill, which is a disaster, and the more people find out about it, the more they're gonna not like it."

In addition, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder said Missouri's small business owners are being beaten down by the policies of the Obama administration.

"And among the worst drags on job creation, which has to be our number one priority, is the administration's head-long pursuit of this health care reform, which is a massive disincentive to businesses," Kinder said.

He also criticized Obama's support for cap and trade legislation in Congress. The Lt. Governor called it "a jobs plan for India, China, Mexico, Malaysia and other southeast Asian countries" that would "double Missouri's energy prices."

Kinder is in his second term as Lt. Governor. He's expected to be the leading Republican challenger to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon in 2012.

Blunt is seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, along with State Senator Chuck Purgason from rural southern Missouri.

Carnahan, Blunt and Purgason are all hoping to succeed retiring Republican U.S. Senator Kit Bond.

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