Republican Senate hopeful Brunner meets constituents Wednesday
"There's a choice between career politicians ... (and) a citizen senator, and that's the big difference in this campaign," John Brunner, candidate for U.S. Senate, said.
Brunner was welcomed by a crowd of county Republicans Wednesday, June 20, at Bloomfield's Family Restaurant, where he introduced himself to local constituents for the first time. The St. Louis businessman and former Marine spoke of the need to lower taxes and cut government spending.
"I know how Washington works," he said. "You take money that we don't have. You borrow money that we don't have. You spend money we don't have, and you put us in more debt."
The candidate noted the amount of funding funneled into the food stamp program, saying when the program was launched, one out of 50 Americans were on the program. This, he said, compares to one out of seven people today.
"In the next decade we're going to spend $770 billion," he said. "It's ... out of control. These programs were meant for the people who are hurting the most."
In addition to Washington spending, Brunner spoke of the need for common sense in agricultural policies, as the state's agricultural output contributes more than $12 billion to the state economy.
He's been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, John Deer PAC, the Missouri Soybean Association and FreedomWorks PAC.