July 6th, 2010
09:31 AM ET
4 years ago

First Blunt ad comes out two days before Obama visit to Missouri

Blunt has released an ad titled 'Education and Hard Work.'
Blunt has released an ad titled 'Education and Hard Work.'

(CNN) – Nearly a year and a half after he launched his bid for the Senate, Rep. Roy Blunt goes up with his first television campaign commercial Tuesday.

In the ad, which his campaign says will run state-wide in Missouri, the Republican congressman says that "I was taught there was nothing you couldn't achieve through education and hard work. But now that America's threatened, irresponsible spending and crippling debt are killing jobs today and our children's future tomorrow. That's wrong and I'll fight to change it."

Blunt, who represents Missouri's seventh congressional district, in the southwest part of the state, is the overwhelming favorite in next month's GOP Senate primary against state senator Chuck Purgason.


Blunt will most likely face off in November against Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in a battle between two of the most famous political families in the state. Both candidates are fighting to succeed Republican Sen. Kit Bond, who is not running for re-election this year.

The release of the ad comes two days before President Barack Obama visits Missouri, to hold a campaign event with Carnahan and a town hall on the economy. Blunt spokesman Rich Chrismer says the timing of the release of the ad, titled "Education and Hard Work," is not connected to the president's visit to Missouri.

In an e-mail to supporters, Blunt says "after months and more than $1.3 million in false and negative attack TV commercials aired by Robin Carnahan's liberal allies, we are fighting back with the truth about what this campaign is about.

In the commercial, the seven-term representative who was once the second ranking Republican in the House, talks about his family history, saying "my mom and dad were dairy farmers. My grandmothers were one room school teachers. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I became a high school teacher and later a university president."

Reacting to the ad, Carnahan spokesman Linden Zakula says, "Missourians have had enough of Congressman Blunt's 14 years of wasteful spending in Washington and that is why he has been forced to spend valuable resources in the closing weeks of his primary fight to defend his record of bailouts, earmarks and deficit spending."

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. hobart

    More Republican lies and hypocrisy!

    We all played by Republican rules for 8 years under Bush, and what do we have to show for it? Economic collapse where many of us lost our jobs, our life savings, our retirement plans, our homes and our health insurance. And what's the Republican solution? Do nothing! More of the same! Those of us who lost everything are just collateral damage in the Republican experiment. And to make matters worse, they've lied, filibustered and obstructed any way they can to prevent any economic gains under the current administration, all to regain power and return to their failed policies that created this disaster.

    The American people are not stupid, Mr. Blunt. They blame Republicans over Democrats 2 to 1 for the economic collapse, and all your loathsome lies and hypocrisy will not fool us.

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    July 6, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. sonny chapman

    What's his record on the unpaid for Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy & TWO wars ?

    July 6, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Dave Harris

    These guys never say what they are going to cut to reduce spending. Medicare? Social Security? National defense? Fixing the roads? Why don't Republicans ask them that?

    July 6, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. tony

    Yes, irresponsible spending and crippling debt are killing jobs today and our children's future tomorrow. When will the GOP be called to account for the 10.6 trillion national debt and the 1.4 trillion budget deficit for 2009 it gave to the Obama Administration (the 2009 budget was written before the start of the fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2008, before Obama was elected).

    July 6, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. trish

    Can someone tell this old guy that bad goverment did not just began.Where the hell has he been?He should stepped up years ago or was he in an old folks home shut off from the rest of the world?It ticks me off to see these old guys who all of a sudden want to point fingers.You have been in this world longer than most why is you`re just now being vocal when now you`re too old.We really don`t need another alsheimer patient running the country.

    July 6, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. MR AMERICA

    Another GOP hack towing the "killing our children's future" line.

    It's untrue and old.

    Blunt's record speaks for itself: Bush loyalist. And no one cares that his parents were farmers. They were industrial farmers and very wealthy...that's why this clown has money to burn on false advertisments.

    July 6, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Mitch

    So I guess Mr. Blount, that the poor education children receive in the south is due to what party again????? Hmmm, I do believe the GOP in the state legislators have failed education time and time again. So how does that hold to your belief in hard work and education? Visit SC where education is treated like a third rate program.

    Sorry Mr. Blount...your party has been dragging this country down the toilet for the sake of 90 year old tea baggers that have no concept of the world today except they want us to be like it was in the 50's.

    Good luck with that.

    July 6, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    America's threatened, irresponsible spending and crippling debt are killing jobs

    -------------------------------–

    I am BEYOND sick and tired of the rhetoric. Where were these people when the above statement was totally true? Where were they when Bush did all the irresponsible and ILLEGAL spending of TRILLIONS on a war that he KEPT OFF THE BOOKS, and SENT OUR JOBS OVERSEAS?

    Your mom and dad may have been dairy farmers Senators, but you and your irrelevant do-nothing GObP have milked the cow dry.

    July 6, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. g

    thanks to republican,s the only place you,ll find manufactured in USA is a museum

    July 6, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Marty, FL

    Rep. Blunt has voted to deregulate the banks, led an effort to bail them out at taxpayers’ expense, and now opposes any action to rein in Wall Street while receiving interest$ from the industry.
    Credibility please.

    July 6, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Blunt fails to mention in his ad the fact "that America's threatened, irresponsible spending and c rippling debt" etc. are the result of a Republican Administration and Congress. Heaven forbid that we ever elect another one.

    July 6, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Shane

    That's right, Congressman. The irresponsible spending and crippling debt that started with Bush's tax cuts for the rich, followed by his oil war in Iraq, is got the ball rolling. Bush then signed into law bank bailouts before he left office. But, you're going to blame it all on the Obama administration, aren't you? The only thing we can blame Obama for is... continuing Bush's bank bailout scheme and the oil wars.

    July 6, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    He (Obama) inherited his problems with the exception of BP. Give him a chance for pete's sake. Would you happen to be saying someone with no education or intelligence would have been better to handle foreign leaders, I could just picture Palin talking to them. That is either the scariest thought or the funniest thought.

    July 6, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. al in memphis

    The more I hear Republicans talk about the debt, I'm begining to wonder if they thought the Iraq war was free. How about the $750 billion to the banks, that must have been free as well. And I am certain the tax breaks under the last administration was during a time when the government had no debt.

    Now that they are not in political power, it time to pay off all the bills from the last 50 years.

    July 6, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Gypsy

    Next we will hear that a Ohio Republican Congressman puts up an ad 50/60/70 days before Obama visit :)
    How does it effect Obama that this guy is locked in a "Republican Primary"? Reaching much?

    I have a prediction for the Mid-Terms: Senate Democrats will gain seats, and Congressional Democrats will lose no more than 8 seats, then the Republicans will accuse Obama of witchery.
    (Women and Hispanics will give Dems the win)

    July 6, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Lakisha Jackson in Stl

    I am a Missourian whos proud to give Robin Carnahan my vote.

    July 6, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Hap

    Funny how the repugs are turning the problems they created around on the Dems. Sad part is their sheep believe them, that's baaaaad. How stupid do you have to be if you are middle class to vote for these fools and liars?

    July 6, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. PalmReader

    "But now that America's threatened, irresponsible spending and crippling debt are killing jobs today and our children's future tomorrow"
    _______________________________________________

    Gosh, the way the GOPers are running their campaigns with this mantra lately, one would think that THEY themselves aren't running against their own records . . yet . . . after 14 years in Congress, shouldn't Blunt be considered part of the *irresponsible spending and crippling debt* crowd?

    Quite the hypocrite is Congressman Blunt.

    July 6, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Michael

    Education and hard work?
    That's especially funny since Republicans are all about cutting education funding and throwing American working people to the dogs, all so their rich corporate masters can make another billion.

    July 6, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Jim

    "irresponsible spending and crippling debt are killing jobs today and our children's future tomorrow?" I believe Mr. Blunt voted for a whole lot of that spending and voted for all the tax cuts too. All these Reublicans sure are new converts to fiscal responsibility.

    July 6, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Anonymous

    He can't even be original in slogan..Strange there is that famous Pres Obama word " change" popping up in the strangest Republican campaign slogans...i guess it is true then the imitation is the best form of flattery !!!!

    July 6, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Anonymous

    He can't even be original in slogan..Strange there is that famous Pres Obama word " change" popping up in the strangest Republican campaign slogans...i guess it is true then that imitation is the best form of flattery !!!!

    July 6, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. T'SAH from Virginia

    It is strange how every RepubliCAN'T stress how they're going to CHANGE Washington but NEVER have any suggestiouns on how to do it!!

    July 6, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. thor

    Obama needs to fix the unemploymet in this country and stop campaigning so much.9.5% published rate after spending millions is not much to brag about.

    July 6, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |