State of Missouri Archives: on Homeland Security

Lester Turilli: Military strength deters˙foreign conflict & domestic attack

Q: Your comments on the statement, "Expand the military"?

A: Military strength is important to˙deterring˙foreign conflict and domestic attack. ˙As a supporter of our veterans and current service men and women, we need to ensure the highest quality training, equipment, and advantages for our armed forces.˙ The USA needs to cease the supply of military weapons to foreign countries and militant groups.˙ This political practice has fueled countless wars, loss of life, and billions of dollars.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Missouri candidacy by OnTheIssues Apr 25, 2016

Peter Kinder: Keep Guantanamo open; terrorists are not typical criminals

Peter Kinder today denounced President Barack Obama's proposal to close Guantanamo Detention Center and transfer its detainees to a facility in the United States:

"This is a reckless plan that will put Americans in danger. President Obama apparently is more concerned about America's perception in the world than he is about American security. The Guantanamo detainees are not typical criminals. They are ideologically committed killers--terrorists in the truest sense. These hardened terrorists now are guarded by the U.S. military, and any domestic prison facility would be far more vulnerable to attack. It is telling that so many nations are happy to complain about human rights and Guantanamo but are unwilling to offer relocation. U.S. national security concerns must take precedence. I stand against this irresponsible plan. The President's first responsibility is to protect American life and liberty. Closing Guantanamo ensures the opposite effect."

Source: 2016 Missouri gubernatorial campaign website Feb 23, 2016

Roy Blunt: FactCheck: Did not disclose student deferment from Vietnam

Blunt received 3 draft deferments while a college student in the late 1960s. Blunt's office did not disclose the deferments in 2015, when the newspaper specifically asked about the senator's draft history.

Blunt said he had not hidden the deferments. "Anytime anybody ever asked me about that, I would have said I had student deferments," he said. But Blunt's office did not disclose the deferments in 2015, when The Star directly asked if he had ever received one.

"Senator Blunt was 1A status in 1969, the year of the first draft lottery," the office had replied. "His number was in the low 300s and was never called."

Federal draft records show Blunt's draft status in 1969 wasn't 1-A, or eligible for service. Instead, he was classified as 2-S, which is a student deferment. That deferment, not a high lottery number, protected Blunt from the draft in 1969.

Blunt's staff said this week that poor memories and difficult-to-obtain draft records may have contributed to the confusion.

Source: Kansas City Star Fact-Check on 2016 Missouri Senate race Feb 10, 2016

Eric Greitens: Make Missouri the best state in America for veterans

OUR VETERANS DESERVE BETTER. I believe big government is failing our veterans. As Governor, I will make it my mission to make Missouri the best state in America for veterans to live, work, build businesses, and raise their families.
Source: 2016 Missouri Governor campaign website Oct 9, 2015

Jay Nixon: Show-Me Heroes: jobs waiting for returning vets

We're fighting every day for jobs for our veterans. Last summer, I visited our troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. And everywhere I went, I heard the same question: "Will there be a job for me when I come home?" Tonight, I'm pleased to report that ou efforts helped hundreds of veterans find jobs last year.

One year ago, I announced the "Show-Me Heroes" job initiative to help our veterans quickly regain their footing in civilian life. More than 1,000 Missouri employers stepped up to take the Show-Me Heroes pledge to give veterans first crack at a job interview. I'd like to thank each and every employer who took the Show-Me Heroes pledge and hired a veteran, and I urge every employer in our state to do the same. [Companies can also take] advantage of our Work Ready Missouri program, which retrains unemployed workers to compete in today's economy.

Source: 2011 Missouri State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

Roy Blunt: Amended defense bill for company donating $20,000

Carnahan accused Blunt of doing favors for a California company by slipping in a helpful amendment to a defense bill. Blunt's action, Carnahan said, resulted in campaign donations a short while later from company executives and trips on the corporation's jet. "I think that's wrong," Carnahan said.

Blunt countered that the $355 billion defense bill in question passed overwhelmingly. Even former Sen. Jean Carnahan, Robin Carnahan's mother, voted for it, he said. "Don't act like this is something that made a difference, that somebody makes a $1,000 contribution and that makes a difference to me," Blunt said. "Give me a break."

Carnahan's campaign said afterwards that executives from the company, Perfectwave, had given Blunt's leadership committee about $20,000 in donations. As Blunt was speaking, Carnahan cut him off and demanded to know if he had ridden the corporation's jet. Blunt said he had ridden it once and reimbursed the company.

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

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