Missouri’s current secretary of state, Democrat Jason Kander, is trying to defeat incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt (D-Mo.) in the 2016 Senate election. Thanks to an ad he released this week, he may get a lot more support.
Kander, who served in Afghanistan as a member of the Army National Guard, stands blindfolded behind a desk in an empty warehouse. He explains to his possible constituents that Sen. Blunt has attacked his record on guns.
While talking, he assembles his rifle, blindfold intact, and says that he supports the Second Amendment, but also supports background checks that would make it difficult for terrorists to purchase similar weapons.
“Sen. Blunt has been attacking me on guns,” Kander says. “Well, in the Army, I learned how to use and respect my rifle. In Afghanistan, I volunteered to be an extra gun in a convoy of unarmored SUVs.”
Kander adds that his record on guns has remained the same since he was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives.
“And in the State Legislature, I supported Second Amendment rights. I also believe in background checks, so the terrorists can’t get their hands on one of these,” he says.
As the ad ends, Kander takes off the blindfold and challenges his Democratic opponent.
“I approve this message, because I would like to see Sen. Blunt do this,” he says.
According to the Washington Post, the ad could have a huge impact on Kander’s already bright prospects.
“Kander actually has a chance to take Blunt’s seat; despite its GOP lean at the federal level, Missouri is ranked the 10th most likely to flip parties in The Fix’s most recent Senate rankings, in part because Democrats consider Kander, a 35-year-old secretary of state and Afghanistan war veteran, a strong recruit,” Peter W. Stevenson writes in the Washington Post.