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Congressman Talent Says Some Personal Questions Are Appropriate

September 22, 1999
By: FARRAH FITE
State Capital Bureau

As suspected illegal drug use keeps George W. Bush on the hot seat, Missouri candidates wonder if the same will happen to them. Farrah Fite has the story from Jefferson City.

Missouri Gubenatorial candidate and U.S. Congressman Jim Talent says that a candidate's personal life should only be scruntinzed if it affects his or her ability in office. On the same note, Talent says he won't answer questions in his upcoming campaign regarding his personal life that don't deal with public policy.

Talent says the voters will be rational when making their decisions.

Actuality:DRUGS.WAV
RunTime:
OutCue: "THEY'RE CHOOSING THEM FOR A JOB."
Contents: TALENT SAYS VOTERS ACT RATIONALLY AND WILL FOCUS ON THE ISSUES RATHER THAN THE PRIVATE LIVES OF CANDIDATES.

GOP candidate Talent and Democratic candidate Bob Holden are front-runners in the year 2000 election for Missouri Governor. Talent says he has never used illegal drugs.