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TheChat: Roy Blunt leads Jason Kander by 10 in new poll


▪ “43-33” — the findings of a new U.S. Senate poll from the Missouri Scout that showed GOP incumbent Roy Blunt leading Democrat Jason Kander.

Both sides will find something to crow about here. Blunt is up 10, and that’s a healthy margin in swing-state Missouri. Kander can argue he’s only down by 10 against a better-known incumbent a year before the election. And, he can add, Blunt isn’t close to 50 percent. The survey was conducted by Remington Research Group, a GOP pollster. (link via

▪ “This isn’t about me, this is about the people. They deserve the ability to have expertise, the most knowledgeable people helping shape health care policy in the state.” — Kansas state Rep. Barbara Bollier, a Mission Hills Republican, on the speaker’s decision to remove her from a key health care committee that likely would deal with Medicaid expansion.

Speaker Ray Merrick made the bare-knuckles call in an apparent effort to ensure no traction for Medicaid expansion even though some rural hospitals are struggling financially. Medicaid expansion would inject millions into the health care system. Bollier is a retired doctor and supports expansion.

▪ “We’d have to go to court.” — Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican, threatening legal action if President Barack Obama proceeds to shut down the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

McCain also wants the prison closed, but he wants the president to work with Congress to achieve that aim. Republicans continue to rattle their sabers about legal action as Obama continues to rattle his saber that all options are on the table when it comes to the military base. This matters to Kansans, who may see prisoners moved to a prison in Leavenworth if Gitmo closes.

▪ “The conservative movement is in general agreement on lowering taxes and cutting spending, but we’re just not unified on some of these other issues.” — Stephen Moore, a Heritage Foundation scholar who has advised some of the GOP presidential campaigns, on a slew of issues dividing Republicans.

This week’s presidential debate exposed splits on immigration, bank regulation and national security, among other issues. Arguments over these issues are expected to become more prominent in the weeks ahead.