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Clinton campaign turns to endorsers for Missouri help

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall meeting Friday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall meeting Friday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Will high-powered endorsements help Hillary Clinton’s effort in Missouri? The state may soon find out.

Friday, her presidential campaign touted a new proposal it said is designed to bring jobs to 75,000 unemployed young persons in Missouri and Kansas.

The former secretary of state wants to spend $20 billion in a “multi-year” program to bring jobs to urban youth. The money would be spent on grants and tax credits, largely for private sector jobs.

The campaign thinks the program would provide help for 53,000 Missourians and 22,000 Kansans. It would be paid for by a tax on Wall Street institutions.

The campaign statement featured a quotation from Kansas City Mayor Sly James. “I’m confident that our city would have not only an ally, but someone who understands what it takes to build a city for the next generation, when she becomes our next president,” he said.

James spent time in Iowa on Clinton’s behalf.

James’ endorsement represents an ace in the hole for the Clinton campaign, which is fending off a major challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In states like Missouri, Clinton will rely on support from lots of elected leaders. Sen. Claire McCaskill is on the Clinton bus, for example.

And, on Thursday, Gov. Jay Nixon said this: “I think she’s by far the most qualified and capable person running, and I support her.”

Whether those endorsements will help Clinton will become more clear on Mar. 15.

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