Days after student and faculty protests rocked the University of Missouri, three GOP gubernatorial candidates spoke out on the matter.
“We must stand up for the First Amendment, against pampered students who are there for seven or eight years and are still complaining about their surroundings,” Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said at a GOP forum on Nov. 14. If elected, “I would go on that campus, and I would confront these protestors, as Jay Nixon has been too cowardly to do.”
Republican governor candidates Catherine Hanaway and John Brunner also chimed in, saying students are “being played by a faculty that has a liberal agenda” and that “[this] has absolutely nothing to do with racism.”
Two weeks after the resignations of the UM System president Tim Wolfe and University of Missouri chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, relative quiet has returned to Mizzou and campuses around the nation. But political scientists and campaign professionals say that if student and faculty demonstrations deepen this year or next, campus protests could become a key issue in next year’s elections.