Sec. Robin Carnahan

Party: Democrat
State: Missouri
What you need to know: Carnahan was re-elected as MO Secretary of State in 2008, earning more votes than any candidate in state history.

Democrat - Open seat candidate
Endorsed for U.S. Senate by Council for a Livable World Candidate Fund

Missouri is a perennial swing state and is one of the most closely contested states in the country. In 2006, Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated an incumbent Republican 50%–47%, then the Democrats won the governorship in 2008. In the 2008 vote for President, Barack Obama lost the state by one tenth of a percentage point.

Robin Carnahan is an exceptionally strong candidate competing for the Senate seat left open by the retirement of Republican Senator Kit Bond. Robin Carnahan is the very popular Secretary of State, first elected in 2004 and reelected in 2008 with more votes than any candidate in Missouri history.

Carnahan comes from a family devoted to public service. She learned about politics around the kitchen table in Rolla, Missouri, from her parents, Mel and Jean. Mel served as Missouri Governor and Jean served as a United States Senator.

Carnahan's general election opponent was an enthusiastic supporter of the Iraq war who earned a 0% on the Council's voting scorecard in 2007-2008.

Carnahan earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, magna cum laude, from William Jewell College, in northwest Missouri. She received her law degree from the University of

Virginia. Secretary Carnahan has a background in business and law. She served at the Export- Import Bank of the United States, worked for a Missouri law firm and helped rebuild regional economies in Eastern Europe with the National Democratic Institute.

As Missouri Secretary of State, Carnahan has focused on providing quality customer service for every Missourian who interacts with her office, and has worked to help ensure fair elections.

Carnahan believes that the U.S. should help lead the world toward nuclear disarmament. She supports President Obama’s goal of working toward a world free of nuclear weapons and advocates bilateral reductions of nuclear weapons by the United States and Russia.

She supports ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the President’s goal of securing and retrieving vulnerable nuclear-weapons usable materials worldwide. While she supports ensuring the safety and viability of our nuclear deterrent, she opposes building a new generation of nuclear weapons.

Carnahan’s likely general election opponent, U.S. Representative Roy Blunt, takes much less reasonable positions. Blunt, who represents Missouri’s 7th district, has served in Congress since 1997, rising to the number two position among House GOP leaders. Congressman Blunt’s son is the former Missouri Governor, who only served one term.

Blunt’s record on the Council annual voting scorecard in 2007-8 was a dismal zero percent. He supported continued funding of the Iraq war, adding $719 million to the huge missile defense budget and a new generation of nuclear weapons. Blunt scored 8% in 2005-6, 9% in 2003-4 and 0% in 2001-2.

Blunt was an enthusiastic supporter of the Iraq war. He accused Democratic opponents of the war of “undermining our troops in Iraq from the security of their Washington DC offices” (November 2005) and said of legislation to end the war “Its prevailing tone is one of defeat” (March 2007).

While Congressman Blunt is the probable Republican nominee, he may face a primary challenge from former state treasurer Sarah Steelman or state senator Chuck Purgason.

In May 2009, a Democracy Corps survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research showed Carnahan leading Blunt 53 to 44 percent. At the end of the June reporting period, Carnahan had $1.4 million in the bank while Blunt had $1.8 in the bank.

This Missouri Senate contest is sure to be close. The contest will be very expensive, and Carnahan will need all the help she can get. When elected, she will be an excellent addition to the U.S. Senate.

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