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Hartzler spokesman says she didn't mean to say Missouri has lost sailors
Hartzler spokesman says she didn't mean to say Missouri has lost sailors

Vicky Hartzler

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 23, 2010) — A recent television interview with congressional candidate Vicky Hartzler by a Kansas City-area television station has led some to question how much Hartzler knows about the military, but campaign spokesman Steve Walsh says the interview put both Hartzler and incumbent U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton in a bad light.

Click here to see the KSHB TV-41 interview on YouTube.

“Let’s face it; neither of them came off well,” Walsh said. “The impression you get from watching the Channel 41 report is Vicky Hartzler is suggesting that Missouri somewhere has a naval base, and that is, of course, ridiculous. She is fully aware there is no naval base at Lake of the Ozarks or anywhere else in the state.”

Walsh said Hartzler’s intent was to address a national and international reduction in force of the U.S. Navy, not to say that Missouri needs more sailors or naval operations.

“It’s not my job to speak for the Skelton campaign, but even the comment from Ike Skelton is kind of odd because he questions Vicky Hartzler’s comments about a naval presence in Missouri,” Walsh said. “He says, ‘I don’t know what she’s talking about.’ Ike Skelton clearly knows that there is a naval presence both at Whiteman Air Force Base and at Fort Leonard Wood.”

That’s a reference to the Navy detachment at Fort Leonard Wood, which primarily trains Seabees, personnel who will be assigned to Navy construction battalions, as well as additional Navy personnel who assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base.

Walsh said he’s not entirely sure what caused the issue with the interview.

“I think we have a bit of a problem with the Channel 41 interview; it seems as if there might have been a bit of a problem with the editing or maybe the reporter may have been a bit rushed,” Walsh said. “The reporter’s story does not make either of the candidates look good.”

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