(JOPLIN, MO.) – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Trudy Busch Valentine brought her campaign to Joplin Saturday afternoon stopping for an appearance before supporters and media in Joplin’s Landreth Park.
Busch Valentine is running for the seat being vacated by Senator Roy Blunt.
Her Republican opponent is Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
She is one of 11 children born to August “Gussie” Busch, a pioneer behind the Anheuser-Busch brewing empire based in St. Louis.
Busch Valentine was making a swing through Jasper, Cass, Bates, Vernon, and Laclede counties on her third “Nobody’s Senator but Yours” RV tour.
She criticized her Schmitt for letting China buy 145,000 acres of Missouri farmland. Schmitt voted to allow foreign-owned businesses, including the Chinese to buy Missouri farmland when he was a State Senator.
“That puts our country at risk,” she said. “Even Republican members of Congress agree it’s a risk to our national security and our food supply .I have owned a farm in Missouri for 30 years. I will always put family farmers over Chinese profits and in the Senate.”
Busch Valentine said the politics of the extreme right are a grave nature to the country.
“Guys like Eric Schmitt want to take our rights away and they want to tell us what to do.” she stated. “They want to divide us. They also peddle conspiracy theories about legitimate elections being stolen.
“The 2020 election was a fair and safe election. Even Donald Trump’s Justice Department said it was one of the most secure and safe elections in the history of this country because it had been counted and re-counted so many times.”
Busch Valentine, a nurse, has worked in hospice care and with abused children.
“I also defend a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion and birth control,” she said in Joplin.
Busch Valentine has pledged to not take corporate PAC money.
She said she supports the people’s initiative on recreation marijuana in Missouri and opposes Senators trading stocks while holding public office.