Senator Hawley endorses congresswoman moments in front of forum among Senate candidates

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – US Senator Josh Hawley has announced who he will endorse to take the seat of Senator Roy Blunt, after he retires later this year.

Four of the six candidates running for the US Senate have 90 minutes on Saturday to tell a room full of supporters why to vote for them, but the biggest news of the day actually happens. before the forum when Hawley endorsed Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.

“I’m moved, I’m grateful, he’s a champion of our conservative values ​​in Washington and a strong voice for what Missouri believes in,” Hartzler said in a statement. Exclusive interview on Saturday.

During the statewide meeting of Republican leaders and activists, candidates hoping to fill Blunt’s seat took to the stage at Lincoln Days at the St. Charles.

“The first thing we need to do is secure the border,” said Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

“We have to keep spending under control,” said Congressman Billy Long.

Just before the forum, Hawley, standing next to Hartzler, announced his support.

“People trust Josh, they respect him as a true conservative who is always ready to fight and let him recognize me as well,” Hartzler said.

In a press release, Hawley said Hartzler “is not afraid to stand up for conservative values, and she’s exactly who Missouri needs in the United States Senate.”

While endorsements were not mentioned in the forum, other candidates told reporters they were not surprised.

“I knew that would come whenever the day Vicky hired Josh’s team to represent her,” Long said. “I called Josh and said this to me is like you could join with Vicky.”

“Josh Hawley’s endorsement of Hartzler is just what you would expect from someone in high political standing endorsing another who has been a congresswoman for 5 years,” said Mark McCloskey, attorney and candidate. to the United States Senate.

When asked, McCloskey said he did not ask for Hawley’s endorsement.

“I didn’t ask for him and he didn’t suggest me either, so read your own interpretation,” McCloskey said.

Former Governor Eric Greitens and Senate President Dave Schatz were also invited but did not participate in the forum. The Missouri Senate held a rare session Saturday as the institute continued to work to find a solution on how to redraw the state’s congressional map.

All four candidates at the forum said they supported the 7 Republican – 1 Democrat map, but Hartzler was hesitant to endorse that kind of map.

“We should try to build the map as conservatively as possible, and if we can win 7-1 without jeopardizing it in a Democratic election year, we should,” Hartzler said. should do it. “If it’s going to jeopardize it, maybe we should think about it.”

Besides the redistricting of the region, other topics discussed were issues of abortion, electoral reform, public safety and the southern border.

“We have to support Blue, support the police, fund the police, not offend the police and criminalize crime,” Long said.

Schmitt said the race is “a fight to save America.”

“As your attorney general, I have taken Joe Biden to the Supreme Court twice and won already, and we will continue to do so,” Schmitt said.

He also addressed his lawsuits against school districts and the Biden administration over the mask and vaccine mandates. Schmitt also mentioned that if elected he would like to serve on the judicial committee, to prevent “the awakened judges and judges that President Biden has at his disposal.”

In the forum, Hartzler also gave education that, “We should teach ABC, not CRT [critical race theory]. ”

Long told reporters he plans to back the winner of the primaries, no matter which Republicans win, but he’s looking forward to Saturday’s unfolding more in the form of a debate instead of a forum.

“It’s another format where you can’t really talk, so everyone’s making their point,” says Long.

In her interview, Hartzler said she had more confirmations, but could not give any details. She also plans to tour the state with Hawley during her campaign. Senator Hawley endorses congresswoman moments in front of forum among Senate candidates

Charles Jones

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