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Blunt Announces Endorsement From U.S. Chamber; Carnahan Touts Support of Seniors

Leading the race to Washington, Senator hopefuls Roy Blunt and Robin Carnahan are touting new endorsements this week. Blunt announced his latest endorsement at Prime Trucking in North Springfield on Tuesday. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes has more.

A release sent out by the Blunt campaign says the Republican candidate is looking to jump start free enterprise and help create jobs for Missourians. The plan, entitled “Jobs for Missouri” was created to fight the recession by getting the people of Missouri back to work.

Blunt’s new focus is being endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

But Michelle West is the director of communications for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. She says the local chamber doesn’t offically stand behind any political candidate.

“The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce does not endorse candidates in congressional races. The only time we would potentially endorse a candidate would be in something local, for example, a school board race.” says West.

The “Jobs for Missouri” plan, which consists of principles like promoting American energy, reducing the size of government, and establishing more certainty in the marketplace, are just a few of the ideas Blunt is hoping will cause positive change in the economy.

His plan also aims to allow businesses more access to credit, and to expand U.S. exports.

A release issued by the Blunt campaign says many of the ideas in the “Jobs for Missouri” plan came from big and small business owners whom Blunt has met in his travels throughout the state.

Democratic candidate Robin Carnahan announced an endorsement from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare this week. Also, her campaign launched “Seniors for Carnahan,” a coalition co-chaired by seniors across Missouri.

For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.