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Missouri State Government August 5, 2008 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Governor; State of Missouri; Republican 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 Sarah Steelman:

I am a mother to three sons, a lifelong Missourian, a trained economist, a former State Senator, and the current State Treasurer. I am a staunch advocate for taxpayers against special interests, and for the people instead of politicians.

As State Treasurer, I have invested hundreds of millions of dollars back into our state's economy, led one of the nation's best 529 college savings plans, returned record amounts of unclaimed property back to Missourians, and was the first Treasurer in the nation to pull a state's investments out of companies that support terrorist regimes. All of this was accomplished while cutting the office's operational budget significantly from the amount spent by my predecessor.

With uncertainty in the economy and rising food and fuel prices, I believe my background and experience makes me the most qualified candidate for governor. Among other things, I have already proposed real tax relief for Missouri families. I am best suited to constrain Washington-style out of control spending and fiscal mismanagement.

In sum, I will use my Missouri experience to make our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Answer from Jennie Lee Schwartze "Jen" Sievers:

I'm proud to be born and properly raised an American. I am the best person, candidate, republican for governor of Missouri for the people and their vote, Aug 5, 2008, this being my third and final chance to serve the people of our great state of Missouri to work hard with the people and make this world a much happier and peaceful place today and in the future while still on earth.

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

Answer from Sarah Steelman:

I have already proposed $200 million in tax relief for Missouri families, including increased exemptions, a panel of citizens to review the tax code, property tax relief, and a prohibition on judicially imposed tax hikes.

I will make ample use of the line item veto, propose budgets that live within our means, and aggressively root out waste. I will constantly look for ways to streamline government and make it more efficient and smaller.

I will defend life at all stages as outlined in my "life is precious" initiative, protect second amendment rights, private property rights, freedom of religion, and marriage.

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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