Hill Says Akin is Considering A Blunt Challenger in 2016
February 25, 2015

The Hill:
The Hill:

Todd Akin is considering a primary challenge to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in 2016.

“I have not ruled anything out,” the former congressman and 2012 GOP Senate nominee told The Hill in a phone interview on Wednesday.

“I think there is a high level of dissatisfaction among conservatives, that they have to some degree been pushed out of the Republican Party,” he continued. “The sentiment is there. The Tea Party is skeptical and wants some fresh blood, not just the same establishment guys.”
Akin’s reemergence is sure to be an unwelcome development for national Republicans.

Now, the GOP pariah says if he did run, it’d be to try to move his party away from a singular focus on economic issues, which he says has come at the expense of social issues, like abortion.

And Blunt, he argues, will have problems with the state’s conservative base.

“I think [Blunt’s] support among conservatives is weak,” Akin said. “His biggest liability is a third party conservative getting into the race. If I were in Roy’s shoes, that’s what I’d be worried about.”

Blunt is serving his first term in the Senate after having spent more than a decade in the House. He’s viewed as a centrist and will be a formidable incumbent with more than $2.2 million in cash on hand already. He has said publicly he intends to run for reelection but has not yet officially announced.

With Akin in the race, stakes could become even higher for Republicans in defending the seat, worried about the damage to Blunt or even unlikely upset he could pull.

Democrats have landed their top recruit for the race, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, who launched his Senate bid last week.

Akin wouldn’t say how seriously he’s considering a Senate bid. He said he’s also is considering other professional options, like political writing and speaking. He said he’s working on an invention, which he described as a “simple household device that might help people.”

He maintains that a potential challenge to Blunt isn’t personal, although he says that Blunt and the Republican establishment didn’t just abandon him in 2012, they “aggressively attacked” him.

Following Akin’s controversially remarks in 2012, Blunt publicly urged Akin to leave the race and only returned to offer him a tepid endorsement once the deadline to drop out passed.

More: thehill.com

Missouri GOP Praises Blunt, Tips Obama and Kander
February 21, 2015

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.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article10793018.html#storylink=cpy

Early Look, Blunt Leads Kander But Not Home Free
February 20, 2015

The first survey of the rearranged 2016 Missouri US Senate race shows Republican incumbent Roy Blunt with a 13 point lead over Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Jason Kander.
Blunt, however, is under the 50% threshold that indicates an incumbent is safe.
The Remington Research poll shows Blunt with 49% and Kander 36%.
14% of the survey were undecided.
The survey shows the views of 957 likely voters. It was weighted to reflect turnout demographics. The margin of error was reported at 3.2%.
Kander unexpectedly joined the US Senate campaign earlier this week. He announced he’s make the run, giving up a re-election bid for Secretary of State. His term in that office also ends in 2016.
The poll shows the voters in the survey evenly divided about their opinion of Blunt, the veteran Congressman who is finishing his first term in the Senate.
39% gave him a favorable rating. 31% had unfavorable view of Blunt. 30% had no opinion.
Kander’s fav/unfav numbers reflected his lack of statewide name recognition.
26% have a favorable impression of him; 21% did not. 54% of the voters in the survey had no opinion on the Democrat.

Kander to Take on Blunt in Missouri Senate Campaign 2016
February 19, 2015

Missouri’s Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander will challenge Republican incumbent Roy Blunt in 2016.
“We can’t change Washington if we don’t change the people we send there. I believe it’s time for a new generation of leaders,” Kander said in a video announcement.
Kander is a former Kansas City State Representative.
He was elected Secretary of State in 2012. In making the decision to run for the Senate he is giving up the statewide office.
Within Minutes, Missouri Republicans linked Kander to President Obama.
The Missouri GOP post an image showing his name; replacing the ‘o’ in Jason with the Obama campaign logo
of a sun.
“Jason Kander has already proven himself to be a dyed-in-the-wool liberal in lock-step with the failing Obama Agenda ” said Republicn Chairman Ed Martin.
The head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DCCC), Jon Tester praised Kander and his decision.
” Jason’s experience serving his country in Afghanistan and as a U.S. Army Captain, and his time in the General Assembly and Secretary of State’s office leaves him well equipped to fight for Missouri’s middle class against Washington D.C.’s powerful special interests”.

Blunt on the Budget Proposal
February 2, 2015

From Roy Blunt’s office:
“I’m in discussions with my colleagues in the House and Senate to determine the best way forward to address our country’s overall infrastructure needs, as well as specific funding for a multi-year surface transportation bill, and to do so without raising gas taxes.

“Unlike the president’s proposal, my colleagues and I believe we can create a new innovative financing tool and have the resources to fund a six-year year highway bill at lower repatriation rates, which ultimately means a better deal for Americans and a better incentive to bring this money back home.”