Ask Republican Sen. Roy Blunt and his Democratic challenger Jason Kander about the best way to spur job creation and jump-start economic growth, and their answers could not be more different.
Blunt is a Chamber of Commerce-style Republican who has promoted traditional GOP economic cures as he crisscrosses the state this summer. He says the smartest way to rev up the economy is to shrink and streamline government, unravel federal regulations and expand domestic energy exploration, including coal and natural gas.
Kander says the path to economic prosperity starts with a middle-class tax cut, a hike in the minimum wage and new protections to ensure women have the same earning power as men.
Their competing messages come as Missourians continue to fret over their economic future, amid slow job growth and stagnant wages.
The two opponents also differ in other top priority areas for Missouri voters, including trade, federal regulations and student debt.
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