February 3rd, 2009
01:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Carnahan announces Senate run

Carnahan is running for Senate.
Carnahan is running for Senate.

(CNN) - Robin Carnahan, scion of a Missouri political dynasty, announced Tuesday she's running for the seat set to be vacated by longtime Missouri Sen. Kit Bond.

Carnahan, the current Democratic secretary of state in Missouri and the daughter of a former governor and senator from the state, said in a video posted on her Web site she wants to bring "common sense" to the United States Senate.

"Our country is facing tough economic times and threats to our security like never before. It’s time we had elected leaders ready to stop the political bickering and start solving problems," she said in the statement.

Carnahan is the first candidate from either party to officially enter the 2010 race, and her star power in the state could clear the Democratic field of contenders vying for the seat held by Bond for more than two decades.

Carnahan's father, Mel, served as governor of the state from 1993-2000 and died in a plane crash while running for the U.S. Senate. Carnahan still won the seat, defeating then-Republican Sen. John Ashcroft, and his wife Jean held the post for two years. Carnahan's brother is a U.S. congressman representing the outskirts of St. Louis.

On the Republican side, former House Minority Whip Roy Blunt is reportedly considering getting into the race.

Bond, 69, announced earlier this month he would not seek a fifth Senate term.


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  1. ED FL

    Mrs Carnahan you will be a humanitarian Improvment for the Jerk you should replace . Hopefully all the dumb {there is plenty] Republicans will run and live in Texas with their mentor GW. You folks have just about destroyed this country. Sleep well and LOONNNGGG.

    February 3, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Doug

    She is from the show me state, better release your taxes now.

    February 3, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. alvino

    Good luck Robin, your state needs you in Washington.

    February 3, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. BB

    I hope she becomes the first female President!

    February 3, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Dorlene

    I am definitely in favor! As a lifelong MO resident, I recognize and admire the Carnahan name and know that Robin has served the state well. I met Gov. Carnahan once (on a school field trip as a little girl) and I will always treasure that memory. The only problem I had with Carnahan winning the Senate seat post-mortum was that Ashcroft was prompty named Attorney General afterwards – ugh.

    February 3, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |