Thursday, February 3, 2011

Emerson may run for Senate in 2012

In an interview for KRCU’s Going Public, Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson says that she is considering a run for the US Senate in 2012.

Emerson chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. If she chooses to run, she would face Ed Martin and Sarah Steelman in the Republican primary. The winner will challenge incumbent Claire McCaskill.

Emerson says that she is not going to rush into a decision.

"In between everything else, I may think about it here for the next several weeks," she says.

Also in the interview, Emerson says that she favors repeal of last year’s health care overhaul law instead of eliminating parts of it piece-by-piece.

"I think that the whole complexity of the health care law really does require repeal and then to write a new law that encompasses all of those things that I think we agree on."

Those things that can be agreed upon, she says, include extending coverage to children up to 26 years old and the ability to get affordable insurance in spite of pre-existing conditions.

Jacob McCleland, KRCU


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