Decision ’08: Candidate Interviews

Governor’s Race

Jay Nixon (D) AUDIO
Attorney General Jay Nixon, a Democrat, was a state senator from De Soto before being elected Missouri’s 40th Attorney General in 1992. Nixon has decided to leave the Attorney General’s position to run for governor. Nixon has twice attempted to run for higher office, unsuccessfully challenging first United States Senator John Danforth and then Senator Christopher Bond. Nixon had assumed he would be running against incumbent Governor Matt Blunt and has been a harsh critic of Blunt Administration policies. Blunt, though, decided not to run for re-election and Nixon now faces a former colleague, Congressman Kenny Hulshof, who won the Republican primary for governor. Nixon talks with the Missourinet’s Brent Martin on a wide range of issues, especially focusing on the economy, Medicaid and education.

Kenny Hulshof (R) AUDIO
Governor Matt Blunt’s decision not to seek reelection set the wheels in motion that led to northeast Missouri Congressman Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) going after the Republican Party nomination for the post. The road to securing the nomination was not an easy one as Hulshof had to engage in a bitter battle with State Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R-MO), who opted to The results of the August 5th primary balloting gave the nod to Hulshof, who then launched a new campaign against the Democratic nominee – Attorney General Jay Nixon. Nixon, who had been campaigning for a number of years, has the edge over Hulshof in terms of statewide recognition and contribution dollars raised. The two differ on a number of issues from taxes to education to health care. In an interview with Missourinet’s Steve Walsh, Hulshof talks about some of the proposals he would introduce if he is elected Governor on November 4th

Attorney General

Michael Gibbons (R) AUDIO
Michael Gibbons, the Republican Candidate to succeed Jay Nixon as Attorney General, is a Kirkwood lawyer, 49 years old, and a member of the Missouri Legislature since 1993.  He is serving his eighth and final year in the state senate because of term limits.  Gibbons was the Majority Floor Leader in the Senate for two years before moving up to the top position in the chamber, President pro Tem.  Bob Priddy talked to him on a variety of issues.  The interview runs 3 min.

Chris Koster (D) AUDIO
There was a time when Chris Koster was the likely Republican nominee for Attorney General. Time, politics, and Koster have changed. Koster’s defection to the Democratic Party opened the door for friend Michael Gibbons to become the Republican candidate. Both support the death penalty. Both believe judge should have flexibility in sentencing. Both favor expanding the no-call list. Both favor stepped up prosecutor for cyber crimes. The big difference? Koster says he has been something Gibbons has not been.

Lt. Governor

Peter Kinder (R) AUDIO
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder briefly flirted with running for governor after Governor Blunt announced he would not run for re-election. Kinder, a Reublican, re-examined his political future and then decided to run for re-election. In an interview with the Missourinet, Kinder details his vision for a second term and defends his record against criticism from Democratic opponent Sam Page.

Rep. Sam Page (D) AUDIO
Rep. Sam Page (D-Creve Coeur) is the Democratic candidate challenging the re-election of Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, a Republican. Page is a medical doctor and says his focus as Lt. Governor would be on health care issues, especially as an advocate for senior citizens. In an interview with the Missourinet, Page criticizes Kinder for not standing up to his fellow Republicans to oppose the Medicaid cuts in 2005.

Secretary of State

Robin Carnahan (D) AUDIO
The Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, Robin Carnahan, has served in that office for the last four years. The Secretary of State’s office is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Missourians, she said.

Mitch Hubbard (R) AUDIO
The Republican candidate for Secretary of State, Mitch Hubbard, manages a McDonald’s in Fulton. He said his experiences as a small business owner and as a middle school social studies teacher have prepared him for the role of Secretary of State.

State Treasurer

State Representative Clint Zweifel (D) AUDIO
The Democratic nominee for State Treasurer is State Representative Clint Zweifel, who has been considering a run for the post for some time.  While his Republican opponent faced no challenges in the race for his party’s nomination, Zweifel faced a challenge from three other Democrats, winning the Democratic nod with just under 32 percent of the votes cast in the August 5th primary election.  In an interview with the Missourinet’s Steve Walsh, Zweifel talks about his decision to run for State Treasurer, why he feels qualified to serve in the post, and what he plans to do if he is elected to the position on November 4th.

State Senator Brad Lager (R) AUDIO
The decision by Governor Matt Blunt to forego his bid for reelection gave a number of Republicans the chance to vie for that position.  Among them was State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, who had previously announced a run for reelection, but then opted to run for Governor.  Steelman’s decision gave State Senator Brad Lager (R-Maryville) the chance to go after the job Steelman has held since 2005.  Lager was the lone candidate in the GOP primary.  He is now in a close race with Democrat State Representative Clint Zweifel.  In a Missourinet interview with Steve Walsh, Lager talks about his decision to run once Steelman sought higher office, his plans for the office, and how his background in business qualifies him for the post.

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