Republicans lit into President Barack Obama Friday evening as they kicked off Missouri’s annual GOP meeting in Kansas City.
“He’s decided maybe he is the king,” Sen. Roy Blunt said of Obama, referring to executive orders issued on immigration and other issues.
The GOP conference, known as Reagan-Lincoln Days, will include a meeting of the state committee and appearances by 2016 candidates, including some who face primaries within the party.
But the barbs Friday were saved for Democrats. Keynote speaker Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire criticized Obama for foreign and domestic policy decisions, including problems in Ukraine and the Middle East.
“We need to take this presidency in 2016,” she told the group.
She also criticized the Affordable Care Act, referring twice to “800 million taxpayers” sent faulty notices as part of the program.
The figure was incorrect. The administration said this week it has sent out 800,000 bad notices, not 800 million.
There are roughly 320 million people in the United States.
Blunt did not mention Democratic opponent Jason Kander by name. Kander, a Democrat, announced his campaign for Blunt’s Senate seat this week.
But others did. Outgoing GOP state chairman Ed Martin called Kander pro-abortion and against the family. “Although I was hoping we would get no opponent for Sen. Blunt in 2016, I revel the contrast between a conservative guy who’s defended pro-life,” Martin said.
Rep. Jason Smith called Kander an “Obama puppet.”
The conference continues Saturday. Both Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich and Catherine Hanaway are at the convention. Each is seeking the GOP nomination for governor in 2016.