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TheChat: Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer urges pope to limit remarks to areas of religious guidance

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▪ “I’m not sure where he gets his expertise, if any at all, with regard to other matters, but we’ll certainly listen to him and see what he has to say.” — eastern Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer on the pope’s upcoming visit to the U.S.

Luetkemeyer, a Republican, said the Holy Father should limit his comments to religious guidance. As to where the pope gets his expertise, Luetkemeyer might want to check around.

▪ “It sure raises a question about how viable a market there will be for bonds.” — KMOX Jefferson City correspondent Phil Brooks on the news that a majority of the Missouri state Senate opposes annual appropriations to pay bond holders for a new St. Louis football stadium without a public vote.

The senators have sent a letter to Gov. Jay Nixon outlining their position. The issue, Brooks said, is how viable a market there would be for the bonds under the circumstances. (link courtesy of

▪ “You may not know this, but what you’re part of tonight is the largest turnout for any presidential candidate in New Hampshire.” — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to a crowd of about 3,000 at the University of New Hampshire over the weekend.

Sanders’ crowd was thought to be at least five times bigger than a Hillary Clinton turnout at the same university two days earlier. “It sounds to me like you’re ready to transform America,” Sanders said.

▪ “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” —Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on “Meet the Press.”

Carson said earlier that a president’s faith should not matter so long as it’s “within the realm of America and consistent with the Constitution.” When Sanders was pressed him on whether he believes “Islam is consistent with the Constitution,” Carson said, “No, I don't. I do not.” Sanders quickly disagreed with Carson, saying how disappointed he was in the statement.