Missouri Senate candidate Roy Blunt says the Senate should reject the new treaty with Russia to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Russia.
In doing so, Blunt has ignored the strong treaty endorsements of our nation’s top military leaders, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates (appointed by George W. Bush), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen (appointed by George W. Bush), as well as the heads of both the U.S. Strategic Command and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
On top of that, he has snubbed the advice and counsel of very distinguished former Republican national security officials such as former Secretaries of State George Shultz, James Baker and Henry Kissinger and former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger.
Blunt’s position puts him far out of mainstream GOP thinking.
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is running against Blunt to replace the retiring Sen. Kit Bond. As Secretary of State, Carnahan has stood up to big financial institutions, getting back over $10 billion for wronged investors, and fought for small businesses by cutting costs and red tape. In her last election, Carnahan was re-elected with more votes than any candidate in Missouri history.
Robin Carnahan strongly supports the goals of the New Start Treaty to strengthen U.S. national security by reducing the spread of nuclear technology, while retaining nuclear deterrent. She stands with the bipartisan group of military leaders, national security experts, and government officials such as Henry Kissinger, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Sen. Richard Lugar who support its ratification. She hopes the Senate conducts a thorough and efficient evaluation of the treaty before ultimately voting to ratify it.
Carnahan is a strong advocate of responsible national security and other common sense foreign policies. She is running a tough campaign to win this Senate seat.
Missouri is a swing state. In 2008, President Obama lost to John McCain in 2008 by only 0.1%.
All polls point to a toss up election in November. Robin Carnahan can win but she needs the resources to compete with her anti-New START opponent.