And I think the people of this state should have someone in the Senate who shares that bond with them. I have the life that I do because people were selfless enough to give it to me, from my parents all the way to strangers on the street, and I’ve spent my life trying to pay it back.
I came back here for law school at Mizzou. After I graduated, I heard we were surging in Iraq. I realized that if it wasn’t me going overseas, it was going to be someone else. In fact, it already had been. People I knew from my hometown had already gone. I answered the call, and two years later I was leading a team of Marines all over Western Iraq. After that I deployed twice to Afghanistan.
During my last tour, at the Pentagon, I started to see how much damage corporate monopoly power was doing to national security—how we couldn’t make anything here anymore, and how monopolies were getting so rich off the taxpayer. I left the Marine Corps to fight monopoly power, to call out crony capitalism and corruption.
Meanwhile, incumbent Senator Roy Blunt has been helping manage Missouri’s economic decline for the last 25 years. We had the weakest economic recovery from the Great Recession of any state in the Midwest.