The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 18, 2012

Our View: Mirror, mirror...

One U.S. Senate candidate claims in his political ads that he’s the real conservative. Another touts an endorsement from former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee as his proof of true conservatism.

And the third? Well, according to her ads, she hunts.

There is no mirror on the wall proclaiming true conservatism.

So, the Republican candidates looking for the nomination in the Aug. 7 primary should do us all a favor and tell voters why their messages are relevant. Not why it’s the most conservative.

Granted, it’s the primary and all three are vying for the opportunity to unseat Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in the November election. Now’s the time for them to appeal to their base. Come November, we expect the tone will change as the winner of the primary seeks the approval of a broader spectrum of voters.

For now, please tell us something we don’t already know. It’s already been established that Republican candidates John Brunner, Todd Akin and Sarah Steelman are all conservatives.

We wish the candidates would spend more of their airtime telling us how they plan to bring more jobs to Missouri.

If they wish to repeal Obamacare, then what would they offer up in its place?

And what about the middle class? How do they plan to bolster the budgets of those who make up the majority of their constituency?

The Globe, on Tuesday, asked the candidates to tell our readers, in their own worlds, why they deserve to be elected.

It’s an opportunity we hope they will use wisely to tell us what they would do for Missourians and the nation.

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