Friday, September 19, 2008

Page: Kinder is conservative in Joplin and liberal in St. Louis

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Sam Page criticized his opponent, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder Thursday for changing his views depending on the area of the state in which he is campaigning. According to a news release:

Sam Page, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, said his opponent is full of double-talk when it comes to conservative issues.

Former presidential candidate Fred Thompson in Joplin yesterday praised Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's conservatism. However, Lt. Gov. Kinder has not received the endorsement of Missouri Right to Life because of his intermittent support for stem cell research in certain areas of the state.

"Lt. Gov. Kinder hasn't a conservative ideology, but he has a conservative geography," Page said. "He is a conservative in Joplin and then pops up a liberal in St. Louis. It is time he let Missourians in every county know his position on the important issue of stem cell research."

Page has said he supports the research and looks forward to advances that make umbilical cord blood easier to collect and use for experimentation to avoid the controversy surrounding stem cell research.

"My stand is a principled one," Page said. "I can't oppose research that gives hope to children with diabetes, young people who injure their spines, nor the families with parents and grandparents suffering from Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease. I am not taking that hope away from them.

"And that's my position, wherever I am."

1 comment:

Kanna Annamalai-Brown said...

For all of Kinder's supposed toughness. The Missouri Deputy Sheriffs Association has endorsed Democrat Sam Page for lieutenant governor over incumbent Republican Peter Kinder. Previously, Page had been endorsed by the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police and the Eastern Missouri Coalition of Police. I thought this was the conservative's domain? But clearly, it is about who is better fit to govern!