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TheChat: Roy Blunt’s decision to bring in Ted Cruz is a mirror image of Elizabeth Warren campaigning for Jason Kander


Good morning.

▪ “Roy Blunt & Ted Cruz To Hold GOTV Rallies In Springfield, Joplin” — headline of a Roy Blunt media advisory about the Wednesday events.

Republicans barked about liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren visiting Kansas City last month to campaign with Democratic Senate contender Jason Kander. This is the flip side to that coin and a reminder that these get-togethers are mostly about getting base voters out to the polls.

▪ “When you look through that entire budget, there are no performance metrics.” — Republican Eric Greitens, the candidate for Missouri governor, on what’s needed before the state makes a major investment in highways.

He adds that what’s also needed is ethics reform. The key, he said in Kansas City last weekend, is instituting a system of accountability and transparency in state government. Then Greitens said, the state can move ahead with some significant spending on infrastructure.

▪ “Government is a synonym for cooperation.” — Missouri gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster, a Democrat, outlining his vision of the type of administration he’d like to run.

Koster, a former Republican, talks often of a bipartisan approach to government. “Our only path,” he said in Kansas City last weekend, “is to bring people together.”

▪ “That’s nice.” — Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, on the news that a political committee headed by Gov. Sam Brownback had contributed $25,000 of the $71,000 taken in by the anti-abortion Kansans for Life political action committee since July.

Brownback is a long-time abortion foe. Culp said she recognized that the money will help her organization get its message out. The group can use the funds to influence state legislative races. Brownback is partially hamstrung on that front as his unpopularity won’t help hardly anybody these days. So sending money elsewhere is a way for him to maintain his influence.