Credit where credit is due. Lt. Gov. candidate Brad Lager's false blast of Peter Kinder is over the top in the misleading category. Peter Kinder has an earned reputation as one of Planned Parenthoods worse political enemies. Peter Kinder was a pro-life leader who helped ban partial birth abortions. Peter Kinder voted consistently to restrict abortions at every opportunity while in the Missouri Senate. And later, as the Senate Pro-Tem (Senate #1 leader), he did the opposite of Lager's recent accusation and led the Senate to totally defund and eliminate former Gov. Carnahan's Family Planning program which was being used to fund Planned Parenthood. In fact - the federal Religious Liberty Restoration Act referred to in the bill vetoed today by Gov. Nixon was sponsored and passed here in Missouri by none other than Peter Kinder! How in the world does Brad Lager use Gov. Nixon's veto of a bill to prohibit religious liberty and pro-life abuses of ObamaCare (which once again is aggressively attacked by... Peter Kinder) to attack Peter Kinder? At this rate Brad Lager will gain more votes for Peter Kinder than himself - as long as voters seek out the truth!The news release, which was printed on The Turner Report Thursday night, included the following:
Senator Brad Lager, who voted for the bill, was frustrated by the Governor’s veto. “This veto reinforces just how important it is that Missouri elects pro-life leaders,” said Lager. “We need real conservatives who will stand up for our religious liberties, not career politicians like Jay Nixon and Peter Kinder, who bow to the interests of radical pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood.”
During Kinder’s time in the State Senate he was one of three senators that changed his vote from opposing family planning appropriations to supporting them. His failure to stand up for conservative pro-life values led to $832,000 being spent on family planning services that promoted abortion. Pro-abortion advocates hailed the vote as a victory, calling it “a major milestone in this state,” and saying that, for the first time, Missouri is using its own tax revenue to support family planning. Kinder also killed a bill that would have prevented human cloning in Missouri. Kinder bragged about killing the bill at a fundraiser held by one of the state’s most powerful Democratic kingmakers, S. Lee Kling, saying, “You’re looking at the guy who stopped the bill to criminalize stem cell research.”
“When Missourians looked to Peter Kinder to stand up and prevent our tax dollars from funding abortions, he was nowhere to be found,” said Lager. “When Missourians looked to Peter Kinder to stand up and ban human cloning, Kinder refused to vote and killed the bill. Again, he was nowhere to be found. Kinder has done nothing in his eight years as Lt. Governor to move Missouri forward. What would Peter Kinder accomplish in a third term that he didn't do in his first two terms?”
Of course, Lager fails to answer the question that many of us would like to see answered- Just what can a lieutenant governor really accomplish anyway?