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Mo. Republicans respond to DNC speeches

(Bond: (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, Flickr Creative Commons User The National Guard)(Hanaway: via Ashcroft Law Firm media kit)

Several prominent Republicans responded to speeches given at the Democratic National Convention.  Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway accused Democratic leaders of stereotyping the issues women care about.

Hanaway said women are concerned with the big issue affecting every American: the economy.  This week, the DNC has featured several prominent women speaking about access to birth control and health care. Hanaway says the biggest concern for women is whether or not their children will be better off.

“Here at our law firm, like lots of other law firms, things are good," Hanaway said. "But we are overwhelmed with young people coming out of law school looking for jobs, many of whom are working for free because they want an opportunity to work.”

But not all Republicans were unimpressed with every aspect of the speeches.

Former Republican US Senator Kit Bond of Missouri said he agrees with some of the comments made Wednesday night by former President Bill Clinton.  Clinton gave a rousing speech that hit on many issues – one of which was bipartisanship. And surprisingly, the long-serving Republican agreed with the former Democratic President.

“I think he (Clinton) is right on bipartisanship." Bond said. "But he was reflecting back on the days when there was bipartisanship. Let me tell you something,  I have never seen something like what started happening in 2009 and 2010: ‘Thou shalt not let any Republicans in.’”

Missouri has had a less prominent role in this year’s Democratic Convention. Four years ago, Governor Jay Nixon presented then-candidate Obama with Missouri’s delegates.  This year, Nixon has had a more behind-the-scenes role.

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