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Kinder says his views on education distorted by governor

October 2, 2003
By: Stephanie Hockridge
State Capital Bureau

Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder is accusing Gov. Holden of distorting his views on school consolidation.

Stephanie Hockridge has the story.

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Sen. Peter Kinder released a statement saying the governor twisted his views on education.

In a Kansas City editorial published July 28, Holden wrote that Kinder supports closing local schools through forced consolidation.

Kinder says this is not true.

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"I'M NOT CALLING HIM A LIAR. IT'S MAINLY OPERATIVES OF HIS WHO ARE RUNNING AROUND TAKING AN OFFHAND RESPONSE TO ONE REPORTER'S QUESTION AND MAKING A FEDERAL CASE OUT OF IT AND ALLEDGING THAT I AM A STRONG SUPPORTER OF SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION ACROSS OUR STATE, WHICH IS SIMPLY NOT THE CASE. I HAVE NEVER ADOPTED THAT POSITION."

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But, Holden's Spokeswomen Mary Still says that Kinder's just uncomfortable about being held accountable for his statements.

From the state Capitol, I'm Stephanie Hockridge.