Kinder: The Lone Republican

Kinder: The Lone Republican

Date: December 17, 2008
By: Rachel Glaser
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  Peter Kinder enters his second term as Lt. Governor in the only statewide seat that stayed "Red" in the November election.

Rachel Glaser (GLAZ-R) has more from Jefferson City.

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Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is the only Republican to survive the statewide Democratic sweep in this year's election. 

Republican House majority leader Representative Steven Tilley of Perryville, says Kinder will serve a vital role that will be much larger than Lt. Governor.

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Description: He was our only statewide candidate from the Republican Party to win. So I clearly look at him as a leader in our party, and I think he'll do a fine job.

Tilley went on to say Kinder will look beyond party lines to do what is best for the state.

Kinder says he is fully prepared to work with the Democratic Party, and has experience breaking down boundaries and reaching across the aisle.

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Description: I work together, across party lines to do what's right for Missouri. I am pledging to do that again. we did it by working together across party lines and not really caring who got the credit.

Kinder says he plans to aide Governor-elect Jay Nixon with the firm Republican majority in both legislative bodies.

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Description: He needs help to get any kind of a reasonable legislative package through, to craft a good budget, and I'm offering that help.

Kinder took over for Democrat Joe Maxwell when he won the seat in 2004, a very successful year for Republicans in statewide offices.

Tilley argues that although Kinder is the only Republican elected, the conservative base remains strong in Missouri. 

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Description: We've got a dominating Republican Party. We've got strong Republican majority in the House, strong Republican majority in the Senate. So I would argue that we've got a strong Republican majority.

Tilley says it won't matter if it is a Republican idea or a Democratic idea, it only matters what is best for Missourians.

Majority Caucus Chairman Senator Bill Stouffer of Napton says he agrees Kinder and Nixon will work together for the good of Missouri.

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Description: It's time to govern and do what's best for the citizens of Missouri, and I'm sure everyone has that in mind and we'll move forward. Now we may not agree exactly what's best every time, but at least that should be our goal.


Stouffer says everyone is on "the same team", working to better the state and its citizens.

Kinder admits he is a "fierce competitor," but says the election is over, and it's now time to get down to business and work together.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rachel Glaser.


Intro: As the only Republican elected statewide Lt. Governor Peter Kinder says he looks to bridge the gap between political parties in the state.

Rachel Glaser (GLAZ-R) has more from Jefferson City.

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Lt. Governor Peter Kinder says he pledges to break down political boundaries and work with Governor-elect Jay Nixon.
House Majority Leader Perryvile Representative Steven Tilley says he looks at Kinder as a major leader for the Republican party.

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Description: Do what's best for the people of this state. And it doesn't matter if it is a Republican idea or a Democratic idea. I think Peter Kinder will look beyond the party and try and do what's right on behalf of the people.

Kinder says he plans to focus on working with Nixon to develop a responsible and balanced budget.

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Description: He needs help to get any kind of reasonable legislation package through to craft a good budget, and I'm offering that help.

Kinder says he will try to do what's right for the people of Missouri.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rachel Glaser


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