Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Claire Bucks Up For Jay

"He faces two Republican opponents who are . . . using the same divisive campaign tactics the G.O.P. used against me."
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has sent out a fundraising appeal for former rival and current colleague Attorney General Jay Nixon.

She's asking for contributions for Nixon's campaign for Governor before the June 30th quarter-ending deadline.

"I'm no stranger to Election Day squeakers. And I know what it's like to go against the national Republicans, the Bush political machine and the Missouri GOP. We took them all on -- and together in 2006, we beat them," McCaskill writes. "But it certainly wasn't easy -- and I know just how tough the road ahead is for my good friend Jay Nixon. He faces two Republican opponents who are already airing television ads, using the same divisive campaign tactics the GOP used against me. They're running far to the right and pledging to continue Matt Blunt's failed policies every step of the way," she adds.

McCaskill then winds up her pitch with a shot at health care. She said that " too often, my efforts to improve the lives of Missouri families have been impeded by GOP leaders in Jefferson City."

"Take, for instance, the children's health insurance legislation last year, SCHIP. This bipartisan proposal would have provided health coverage to thousands of Missouri children. But instead of standing up for Missouri families -- many of whom lost their health care because of the devastating and unnecessary health care cuts of 2005 -- Matt Blunt opposed our efforts in Congress to cover more than 56,000 children in Missouri," McCaskill added.

"Sadly, Jay's Republican opponents still embrace Matt Blunt's cuts to children's health care," she concludes.

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