Stringtown, Missouri – U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman continued her tour of rural Missouri with a walk around Beaver Creek Ranch in rural Butler County with a handful of supporters and while admiring the deer herd on the ranch discussed the state of the race.
The ranch is set on a few hundred acres in western Butler County and hosts hunts as well as breeds trophy bucks. The tour was guided by Butler County Treasurer and co-owner of Beaver Creek Ranch Joe Humphrey, “It’s nice to see someone seeking such a high office take the time to care about rural agriculture. She seems to be a very down to earth common sense person”.
While walking around the ranch she took questions. When Steelman was asked how the race was going she foreshadowed the surge in polling she is experiencing, “We are peaking at the right time. Even the Post-Dispatch is showing us gaining and we feel that we are peaking when we need to be to win next week”.
Carter County Prosecuting Attorney asked Steelman about how she was able to get Sarah Palin’s endorsement. “We have several common friends through CPAC and I was encouraged to write to her. After I wrote to her she ended up emailing me and informed me I would receive her endorsement. She actually first announced it publicly on her Facebook page first then the media picked it up from there”, Steelman said.
She was asked if she was disappointed in the U.S. Chamber for their negative ads. She replied, “No not at all the U.S. Chamber is part of the problem, they are crony capitalists and it didn’t surprise me they didn’t want me in the Senate because I am actually going to cut government spending.”
Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver asked her what were the differences in campaigning in urban areas like where her opponents’ live and rural areas like where she is from. “There are differences, but some of the issues are the same just on a different scale. Like helping our downtowns survive, and these regulations are out of control and hurting everyone urban or rural. Like when the federal government says a 14 year old can’t haul hay or laws like Dodd-Frank that stifle growth and actually lead toward further bank consolidation.”
While guiding the tour on his gator, Humphrey asked how important it has been to have Speaker of the House Steve Tilley’s support. “He has lots of good ideas and is a hard worker. I really appreciate him and honestly we might not be experiencing the surge in the polls we are now without his help”, said Steelman.
She was also asked how important she felt it was to vote in primary elections. Steelman replied, “It is a very important part of being a good citizen. In 2004 I authored the marriage amendment which was voted on in the primary. I believe Butler County led the state in its passage, and my opponent John Brunner didn’t even think it was important enough show up to vote.”
Oliver said recently Brunner was asked what federal programs he would cut and couldn’t name one so he asked her what federal programs she would cut. “I’d repeal Obamacare, I’d separate food stamps from the farm bill and eliminate bonuses for increasing the number of people on food stamps, I’d cut foreign aid to nations like china, I’d cut out giving free cell phones, I’d cut programs that brought us disasters like Solyndra, I’d cut grants to wind farm projects like the one that was given to Tom Carnahan, so ya I’ve got placed I’d cut”, Steelman said.
The tour concluded by her being asked what her closing message was. She concluded, “We need conservatives that to Washington with fresh thinking and with backbone willing to make the cuts. That is how I’m different from my opponents”. Then with a smile she remarked, “My opponents that are from St. Louis”.