The race for the U.S Senate seat of Christopher "Kit" Bond tops the ballot in Missouri
for Tuesday's general election. Senator Bond is retiring from public office after
serving 24 years in the U.S. Senate and previous stints as Missouri Governor and
Two political heavyweights from influential political families in Missouri are the standard bearers for the leading political parties. Roy Blunt, who is serving his
seventh term in Congress representing the 7th Congressional District in Missouri,
and the father of former Governor Matt Blunt, is the Republican nominee. Robin Carnahan,
Missouri's Secretary of State and the daughter of former Governor Mel Carnahan and
former U.S. Senator Jean Carnahan, is the Democratic candidate.
Jerry Beck of Pettis County is the candidate of the Constitution Party. Jonathan
Dine of Platte County is the Libertarian Party candidate. Blunt, Carnahan, and
Dine chose not to respond to the candidate questionnaire of the Missouri Family
Policy Council. Only Beck shared his views on issues of importance to Missouri
families and the Christian community. Yet we are able to look to the voting records
and public statements of the candidates to gain insight as to their positions on
pro-life and pro-family issues.
has maintained a consistently strong pro-life voting record as a member
of Congress. He says that "the sanctity of life is very important to me."
Blunt has voted against partial-birth abortion and against funding of human cloning
and embryonic stem cell research. He opposed the recently adopted pro-abortion federal
health care bill, and has promoted legislation which would establish a permanent
ban on the use of federal taxpayer dollars for abortion.
Congressman Blunt is a strong supporter of traditional marriage. He has voted for
a federal constitutional amendment preserving the institution of marriage as the
union of a man and a woman, and has restated his support of such an amendment.
Blunt supports the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which protects the right of
states not to recognize so-called same-sex "marriages" from other states. He has
voted against lowering the standards for service in the U.S. military to include
is a supporter of legalized abortion. Her campaign is being strongly
backed by Emily's List, a nationwide organization dedicated to electing pro-abortion
women to office. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is distributing literature around
Missouri supporting her candidacy. Carnahan is a supporter of embryonic stem cell
On the subject of traditional marriage, the Secretary of State was not a supporter
of the constitutional amendment passed by Missouri voters in 2004 which preserved
the traditional definition of marriage. She opposes a federal constitutional amendment
protecting traditional marriage, saying that she believes that "it is an issue that
should be left to the states to decide." Most notably, Carnahan says she supports
the establishment in Missouri of "civil unions" for homosexual "couples."
Constitution Party candidate Jerry Beck
says he supports the reversal of the Roe
v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, and that he supports a Human Life Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution. He further opposes any taxpayer funding of abortion or
public support for Planned Parenthood. Beck supports a federal Marriage Amendment
safeguarding traditional marriage, and agrees with the Defense of Marriage Act.
He does not support opening the U.S. military to active homosexuals. Beck is the
founder and president of Millennium Manufacturing Products.
Libertarian Party candidate Jonathan Dine has stressed his support of legislation
to legalize marijuana. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Dine was imprisoned
for four months after being charged with cultivating marijuana in his apartment.
He had previously served time in Kansas on stealing and identity theft charges.
In addition to the U.S. Senate race, all nine Missouri seats in the U.S. House of
Representatives are up for election on Tuesday. You can check out the Missouri Family
Policy Council Voters Guide to read the responses of candidates in the Congressional
races and U.S. Senate race by using this link:
MFPC Voters Guide
You may also want to check out the Voters Guide prepared by MetroVoice, the St. Louis
area Christian newspaper. MetroVoice obtained responses from some candidates we
did not, and also sent surveys to state legislative candidates from the St. Louis
area. The MetroVoice voters guide can be accessed by clicking this link:
The Family Research Council and Focus on the Family have also prepared a guide to
the voting records of members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives
on pro-family issues during the 111th Congress. You can examine the voting records
of incumbent Congressmen by following this link:
Congressional Voting Records
We encourage you to be praying earnestly for a Godly outcome to this crucial national
election. The current Congress has repeatedly promoted legislation and policies
that are hostile to Biblical principles and traditional family values. Pray that
men and women will be elected who will not seek glory for themselves or any political
party, but rather give glory to God in their aspirations for public service.