GOP governor hopefuls fault Nixon for Missouri problems

7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago June 06, 2016 Jun 6, 2016 Monday, June 06 2016 Monday, June 06, 2016 10:34:25 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Four Republicans seeking their party's nod for governor say Missouri's economic and social problems are the fault of the state's Democratic governor and attorney general.

Retired businessman John Brunner, former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, former U.S. Attorney and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder each stressed their conservative credentials in a mostly tame hour-long forum Monday night.

Each blamed racial tensions in Ferguson and at the University of Missouri campus on a lack of leadership by Gov. Jay Nixon, who is term-limited, and Attorney General Chris Koster, who is seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

They also agreed that presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is a better choice than Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton, though only two committed to stumping with him if he campaigns in Missouri.

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