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Another Republican is throwing his hat in the ring for the U.S. Senate seat which will be vacated by Kit Bond in 2010. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore interviewed him and has this report.
State senator Chuck Purgason is scheduled to announce from the Ozark Cafe in West Plains, Missouri, that he's seeking one of the highest offices in the land: that of US Senator.
He said he decided to make the announcement at the Ozark Café because it is the “heartbeat of America,” and because it represents the “silent majority” of Americans who don’t pay a Washington lobbyist to represent them.
Purgason said he is hoping to gather grassroots support, and that his campaign team consists of people who are concerned about where the country is going. His daughter runs his website, and his son issues campaign press releases.
He will be campaigning heavily on fiscal responsibility: he says the United States needs to “get its financial house in order,” or that it will face more trouble as a nation down the road. He cites his experience in balancing the state budget as both a state representative and a senator as one of his qualifications for the job.
The two other candidates officially running—Republican Congressman Roy Blunt and Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan—have reported raising well over a million dollars each. Purgason says he will take his message to the people directly, and that he believes there are a lot of donors out there willing to give $25 and $50, and that together they can make a big impact.
Purgason added that he believes he’s not just the best candidate for rural Missourians; he said the nation’s mounting debt will eventually affect all Missourians, regardless of whether they live in rural parts of the state or in cities.
The state senator and his wife, Janet, own a commercial quail and pheasant hatchery, as well as a bird-hunting preserve near Caulfield in south-central Missouri. His campaign website is www.keepyourchange2010.org.
For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.