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Blunt, two fellow governors visit troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Gov. Matt Blunt visits with a soldier in Iraq.

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt is traveling in Iraq and Afghanistan this week.

He's there with two fellow governors Republican Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Democrat Brian Switzer of Montana.

Blunt arrived in Iraq Tuesday. He visited with members of the Missouri National Guard outside Baghdad.

The governor says no one complained about being under-equipped.

"I'm asking those types of basic questions, and certainly one of them is do you have everything you need to fulfill your mission'?" Blunt said. "And the answer has been yes.' Several of them had been here before, and they felt like they were more well-equipped now than they ever had been in the past."

About 1,300 Missouri Guard personnel are serving in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

The governors did not make their travel plans public until after they landed in Iraq.

The Defense Department is paying for the trip.

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