As we move closer to Missouri’s February 5th Presidential Primary we can expect to see more of the candidates spreading the word and looking for money in the Show-Me State.  Republican Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney  (R-MA) spent a good part of Monday in Missouri, attending events in Springfield and the St. Louis area.

In an interview with the Missourinet, Romney says he realizes the importance of Missouri for any Republican with eyes on the White House.  Romney already has the support of Governor Blunt and House Speaker Rod Jetton.  Part of his Monday visit saw the announcement of the Romney for President Missouri Legislative Leadership Team, made up of nine State Senators and State Representatives who will help organize grassroots efforts throughout the state.

During the interview, Romney discussed such issues as agriculture, energy, healthcare, and the war in Iraq.

He says the United States must embrace alternative fuels, including ethanol and biodiesel, which are important to Missouri agriculture.  On healthcare, Romney proposes a plan similar to the one he instituted when he was Governor of Massachusetts – a plan in which states would craft their own ideas, using private insurers to make sure everyone is covered.  He says his plan is superior to the proposal being floated by Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton (D-NY), who is talking up the merits of a national healthcare plan.

On the war in Iraq, Romney says Iraq must not be left as a safe haven for al-Qaida and other terrorists from which they could launch attacks on the U.S. and other countries.  He says the U.S. must leave the Iraqi military in a position in which it can defend Iraq.

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Download/Listen: Governor Mitt Romney interview with Steve Walsh (10:00 MP3)