Former Sen. Kit Bond on Planes and Politics

Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – More Republicans are bound to make a run to challenge Claire McCaskill, retired U.S. Senator Kit Bond says.

“I think there are going to be a lot more people in it. It’s way too early,” Bond tells KMOX. “And you know, the great thing about it is that I don’t have to worry about it this year!”

He’s enjoying life in the private sector, saying that following the latest political news just isn’t his number one priority these days.

And when asked whether curious Republicans have asked him for advice, he responds, “I’m sure that there have been, but I haven’t gone through my phone log. If anybody did call me, I wouldn’t comment on it anyway.”

Sarah Steelman and Ed Martin are the only two declared candidates. Incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill has had a rough couple of weeks, having to pay back taxes on her family’s private plane.

“I think my old friend Claire had some airplane turbulence, and I experienced the same last Saturday landing at Lambert, so I sympathize with her,” he says light-heartedly of his former colleague.

Bond says he’s actually flown on McCaskill’s plane before, to a tornado disaster zone in Newton County, Missouri. He used federal funds to reimburse her for the trip, and says flying commercial isn’t always possible.

“There are some times when, like that instance, where that was the only way we could get back,” he says.

Bond was the keynote speaker at a banquet of military officers from across the globe at the Missouri Athletic Club on Wednesday evening.

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