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Carnahan, Ashcroft face off on Judge White issue

October 6, 1999
By: Lee McGuire
State Capital Bureau

Governor Carnahan had some harsh words today for Senator John Ashcroft, in the wake of the Senate vote against Missouri Supreme Court judge Ronnie White. Lee McGuire has more from Jefferson City.

Calling the Senate's vote political, Governor Carnahan accused Senator Ashcroft of deliberately derailing his nomination of Judge White to the federal bench.

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A spokesman for Senator Ashcroft said the vote was based on Judge White's record, not on political considerations. Ashcroft and Carnahan will be facing off for the same senate seat in the 2000 elections. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


Governor Carnahan says race may have had something to do with the Senate's rejection of Judge Ronnie White's nomination to the federal bench. Lee McGuire has the story from Jefferson City.

Without specifically saying race was a factor in Monday's Senate vote, the Governor did level charges against Republicans in Washington:

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Contents: The Governor says the Republican Senate has a poor history on nominating blacks and women to the federal courts.

Carnahan said people should make up their own minds on whether Judge White's failed nomination had anything to do with race.

But a spokesman for Republican Senator John Ashcroft said the governor's comments amount to accusing those who did not support White's nomination of racism. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


The U.S. Senate's refusal to nominate Judge Ronnie White to the federal bench has sparked talk of racism from the governor. Lee McGuire has the story from Jefferson City.

While he would not say Senator John Ashcroft considered race a factor when deciding not to vote for Judge White, Governor Carnahan did remark that Senate republicans have a poor record on nominating blacks to serve on federal courts.

A spokesman for Senator Ashcroft said the Governor was leveling serious, and unwarranted charges:

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Contents: David James says the Governor is calling lots of people racist.

Ashcroft's office says the Senator chose not to nominate Judge White because of his record on the death penalty. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.