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Ashcroft Endorses Blunt in Senate Race

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft made a stop in Springfield Monday to endorse Roy Blunt in his Senate race. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.

Blunt is running for the senate seat that is currently held by Kit Bond.

Bond is not seeking re-election in 2010.

Ashcroft said that he has known Blunt since 1972 and he said he’s the one who suggested Blunt should run in the Senate race.“I have to say and am pleased to say that Roy Blunt’s service and as he has served me and served you and served America and served Southwest Missouri over that time, has been a matter of satisfaction to me that is very, very substantial and significant. It is an unbroken satisfaction,” Ashcroft said.Ashcroft ended his endorsement by saying he cares deeply about Roy Blunt and is pleased with his political service thus far.

Blunt also took a moment to discuss his views on healthcare and how he hopes to unite the Republican Party.“It’s a critical time and the Senate is a place where we have a chance to decide whether we are going to discuss these issues or we’re just going to let them happen. And I think that balance of power and argument is going to be a persuasive one for lots of Missourians, Republicans, Independents and Democrats,” Blunt said.Blunt ended his speech by thanking Ashcroft for supporting him so early in the Senate race.

Ashcroft served in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2001.

For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.

Former US Attorney General and former governor of Missouri John Ashcroft referred to Blunt as a good friend and a leader. (Photo credit: Kristian Kriner) Congressman Roy Blunt is running for the Senate seat currently held by Kit Bond, who is not seeking re-election in 2010. (Photo credit: Kristian Kriner) Ashcroft served in the US Senate from 1995 to 2001, when he was appointed US Attorney General. (Photo credit: Kristian Kriner)