It was a busy day Monday for U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt as he made his way around St. Louis and points westward.
One of those stops was in Washington for a visit to The Missourian downtown office and printing plant on Bluff Road.
Blunt toured the facilities publisher and editor Bill Miller Sr., and city of Washington economic development director Darren Lamb.
Blunt is touring the state in a four-week push to the Nov. 8 election in which he faces current Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.
During the tour that also included a drive through the West Washington industrial park, the senator spoke about health care, EPA regulations on business and the man in the forefront of the Republican Party who seems to be overshadowing other races throughout the nation, Donald Trump.
Unlike many other seasoned politicians, Blunt has not distanced himself from Trump, but at the same time he has not officially endorsed him either.
On the heels of the presidential debate Sunday night, Blunt said Trump did what he needed to do to keep his campaign alive after a disturbing audio-tape was leaked to the press last Friday.
“In recent weeks, we have been forced to focus and talk about the wrong things,” Blunt said. “People want change. We want good foreign policy, peace and security. These are the same things I’ve been advocating the last six years I’ve been in the Senate. Those things certainly will not be coming if Mrs. Clinton is elected. We do not need a third Obama term.”
Blunt said if the current trends in health care continue there will be more and more businesses in Missouri that will be forced to close or not be able to afford to provide health insurance for its employees.
“It’s out of control,” Blunt said. “Eventually, 100 out of the 114 counties in Missouri will only have one company to choose their health insurance from. Just look at the rolling disaster of Obamacare.”
Blunt was critical of the federal overreach in regulation s that hurt businesses.
As an example, he pointed to the new rule on wages and overtime pay that will go into effect Dec. 1.
Going back to the presidential debate on Sunday, one of the most poignant questions was asked about the preservation of the energy industry and more specifically coal-fired plants in Missouri.
“Coal is a great source of energy and we have to focus on how we can use it into the future,” Blunt said. “At the same time, it must have the least impact on jobs and the families of these workers.”
Turning to his own re-election campaign, Blunt said he feels good.
Despite having Republican super majorities in both the state House and Senate, Blunt admits it is and has been a challenge for Republicans to win a statewide office.
“Out of eight statewide officials in the state of Missouri, only two are Republican,” Blunt said. “I’m not sure why that is, but this year we have a good chance to break that cycle.”