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Missouri State Government August 5, 2008 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Governor; State of Missouri; Democratic Party

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Missouri and asked of all candidates for this office.     See below for questions on Qualification, Priorities

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1. What are your Qualifications for Office? (200 word limit)

Answer from Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon:

After 16 years as Attorney General, I have the experience it takes to bring about the change Missouri families need. I've cracked down on crime, protected consumers and run a fiscally responsible office. Last year, we saved or generated more than $20 for every dollar appropriated to our office. To protect Missouri consumers, we've aggressively taken on the HMOs and wealthy special interests. We've saved the taxpayers more than $2 billion by going after greedy corporations that take advantage of regular folks, and our popular No Call Program is now as a model for the rest of the nation. I've worked closely with law enforcement to keep our streets safe and protect our communities.

As Governor, I'll work to keep good-paying jobs here in our state and attract new employers. As a product of Missouri's public schools, I believe public education needs to be strengthened, and I will oppose all efforts to weaken our public schools with voucher schemes. We must fix our broken health care system, and that starts with restoring the 2005 health care cuts and ensuring access to quality, affordable health care for more Missourians.

2. What plans do you have to address your top three priorities? (100 word limit)

Answer from Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon:

To turn this economy around, I will work to keep good-paying jobs in Missouri and provide tax cuts to the folks who need them most. I will focus on supporting small businesses and rejuvenating local Main Streets. I will fight to restore health care to the 400,000 Missourians who had it slashed in 2005 and expand access to the 127,000 Missouri children living without health insurance. With tuition in Missouri skyrocketing, I have a plan to provide a pathway to a debt-free college degree for middle-class students who earn good grades and give back to the community.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. Word limits apply for each question. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily. Candidates who did not respond are not listed on this page.

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