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Politics

An Interview with John Kerry and John Edwards

http://ozarkspub.vo.llnwd.net/o37/KSMU/audio/mp3/anintervie_2049.mp3

Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry and his running mate John Edwards were campaigning in Missouri this week. KSMU's Missy Shelton was one of a handful of local reporters who got to interview the pair when they stopped for a rally in Jefferson City.

AFTER SPEAKING TO A CROWD OF SEVERAL THOUSAND, JOHN EDWARDS AND JOHN KERRY MET WITH A HANDFUL OF REPORTERS FOR INTERVIEWS.

K-S-M-U HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO EDWARDS FIRST.

HE RESPONDED TO REPUBLICAN CRITICISM THAT HE AND KERRY ARE TOO LIBERAL TO WIN IN MISSOURI, A STATE PRESIDENT BUSH NARROWLY WON IN 2000 AND A STATE THAT HAS 2 REPUBLICAN SENATORS.

MANY DEMOCRATS HAVE TOUTED EDWARDS AS A CANDIDATE WHO WILL APPEAL TO VOTERS IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI AND OTHER AREAS OUTSIDE ST LOUIS AND KANSAS CITY. BUT EDWARDS SAID HE WASN'T THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL APPEAL TO VOTERS IN OUTSTATE MISSOURI.

EDWARDS DID CAMPAIGN IN SPRINGFIELD BEFORE THE STATE'S PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY. HE SAYS EITHER HE OR KERRY LIKELY WILL VISIT SPRINGFIELD BEFORE THE NOVEMBER ELECTION BUT HE SAID HE COULDN'T MAKE ANY PROMISES.

AS FOR JOHN KERRY, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH K-S-M-U, HE ECHOED EDWARDS' DEFENSE OF HIS RECORD AS ONE THAT WOULD PERSUADE MISSOURI VOTERS HE'S NOT TOO LIBERAL TO WIN THEIR SUPPORT.

AND WITH MISSOURIANS VOTING OVERWHELMINGLY EARLIER THIS WEEK TO ADD A GAY MARRIAGE BAN TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION, KERRY TOLD K-S-M-U HIS VIEW ON THE ISSUE IS IN SYNC WITH THE MAJORITY OF MISSOURIANS BUT DIFFERENT THAN THE VIEW OF PRESIDENT BUSH.

AFTER SPEAKING WITH K-S-M-U AND A HANDFUL OF OTHER LOCAL MEDIA, KERRY AND EDWARDS BOARDED A TRAIN AND LEFT JEFFERSON CITY. THEY WERE HEADED TO KANSAS CITY WHERE THEY'LL WRAP UP THE MISSOURI PORTION OF THIS CAMPAIGN TOUR.