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Missouri Senate: GOP's Sarah Steelman Already in Race to Oppose McCaskill

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Here we go. Sarah's running in 2012. No, not that Sarah -- we're talking about former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman, a Republican who announced Wednesday she's in the race to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) two years from now.

Steelman, a bit of a maverick herself, irked GOP leaders in 2008 when she opposed former Rep. Kenny Hulshof in a hard-fought Republican gubernatorial primary, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Hulshof won, but his resources were depleted and he lost the general election to the Democrat Jay Nixon, the current governor.

Missouri Republican Senate hopeful Sarah SteelmanSteelman, who also served in the Missouri Legislature as a state senator, said Wednesday she wanted to do her part "fighting for America's future." If elected, Steelman said she'd work to reverse mandates in the health law -- she called it "Obamacare" -- and would stop "Washington elites from making America more like a European country."

Other Republicans are likely to join the fray to oppose McCaskill, a moderate who is expected to seek a second term. But the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was on the Steelman case Wednesday, calling her the "ultimate political insider" because she had run for -- or considered running for -- several elective offices.

"Perennial candidate Sarah Steelman launching a campaign for public office is about as new as the sun rising in the East," the campaign committee said. The statement may have been a preemptive attempt to head off any GOP effort to depict McCaskill as one of those "Washington elites" that Steelman referenced.

In a survey taken just before Steelman's announcement, Public Policy Polling found McCaskill leading the Republican in a hypothetical match up by one point -- a virtual dead heat. Two other possible Republican candidates -- Peter Kinder and former Sen. Jim Talent who lost to McCaskill in 2006 -- led the incumbent by two points in hypothetical contests. The poll of 515 prospective voters had a plus or minus error margin of 4.3 percentage points.

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Bob

Got to love Missouri, worst roads in the nation yet has the nations best conservation programs. The conservation programs are for the natives and bad roads are to keep the idiots from other states out. At least 1 state with its head on right. Stay out of our state please.

December 05 2010 at 6:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jesterfuul

Of all members of Congress, Claire McCaskill is one of the the most thoughtful and reasonable I've seen. She is about as perfect a person for the job as can be found anywhere. If Missouri decides to opt for someone else it would be a big blow against sanity and huge loss for not only Missouri, but for the country as a whole. If Republicans take over the government in 2012 America will be digging itself out of a huge GOPher hole for the next 50 years; that's how bad Republican "leadership" is. If President Obama fails,America fails. Mark my words.

December 05 2010 at 12:35 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Neal H Hurwitz

I like Claire a lot.

December 04 2010 at 5:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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wolfsonnydiane

So do I

December 04 2010 at 9:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
druid0621

Good - McCaskill is an absolute disaster.

December 03 2010 at 12:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dhssresearcher

Heck it would be nice is most of Missouri outside of Columbia, St Louis, and KC would get into the 20th century, they're still in the 19th. Don't even ask about the roads. And they can blame Ashcroft for the crappy roads. Then he left the state.

December 03 2010 at 2:36 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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wolfsonnydiane

lots of them either get welfare or disability everyone in downstae mo knows someone who collets welfare yet they vote for republicans strange

December 04 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Big Daddy

This is rediculous, we just got done listening to campaign ads for two years, now we start with the next election. When is Mc Caskill suppose to do her job and represent her constituants, she now has to campaign the next two years. This same scinario is being played out all over the country. We have become a country in perpetual election mode. Nobody in Washington represents us they are already running for the 2012 election. How about doing some work for your money and lets stop the eternal campaigning.

December 01 2010 at 11:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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mxoverdriv

Why does McCaskill have to start campaigning now? If she does her job well and Missouri benefits from that, her campaign will have plenty to work with when she starts her own campaign...a reasonable time from the next election. She should just do her job and let the Republican candidates run through their money early in the election cycle!

December 05 2010 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

If i remember correctly McCaskill flew around with Obama on his presidential campaign supporting his every move without any questions whatsoever. It's time for her to go.

December 01 2010 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Big Daddy

If the citizens of Missouri didn't mind her backing Obama they wouldn't have elected her. What are you proposing, bringing in the teaparty machine and the conservative pacs with all their corporate money from out of state and swinging the election? Why don't you stay in your own state and leave democracy to the citizens of Missouri?

December 01 2010 at 11:52 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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