Former U.S. Senator Jack Danforth said he's more energized as a Republican now because the party is focusing on fiscal issues rather than social issues that have divided the party over the years.
In 2005, Danforth was openly critical of the weight evangelical Christians had in the GOP.
"I think it's important not to create a whole political program out of religion. It's important when people do get involved in politics to understand that they're not God," said Danforth.
Danforth said he was happy the focus of the GOP has turned to the size of government. "Where we agree does have to do with the size of the power of government, where power lies in a free society, how big Washington is, how big the debt is," he said.
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BELOW: DANFORTH BACKS CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE SOTOMAYOR --
AND DECLARES "ROY IS THE NOMINEE"
ON BLUNT: "Roy is the nominee. He is going to carry the banner for our party . . . He's very, very experienced. He knows the issues and he can draw a clear contrast with whatever Robin Carnahan is going to stand for."
ON SOTOMAYOR: "I think she's capable. She's obviously smart. She's experienced."
Mentions grueling confirmation process of Justice Clarence Thomas, which he helped facilitate