CLEVELAND, MO (KTVI)--Former Alaskan Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin shared her celebrity conservative standing with the campaign of Missouri Republican Sarah Steelman Friday. The two dished up barbeque and politics for a crowd of over five hundred at a rally on a blue berry farm south of Kansas City.
Steelman, a two term Missouri state treasurer, is seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. Palin endorsed her over St. Louis businessman John Brunner and St. Louis County Congressman Todd Akin and five other contenders. She told the crowd Steelman is a fighter willing to buck the establishment even of her own party. "She has the backbone to stand up for what is right," said Palin.
Palin has enjoyed success endorsing conservative candidates this year, often late in a state's primary campaign cycle. She backed Richard Mourdock who defeated Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar in the Indiana GOP primary. Ted Cruz, a conservative candidate for Senate in Texas, also won the Republican primary election with Palin's endorsement.
Speaking for Steelman at the rally, Gov. Palin said, "What she recognizes is the need for sudden and relentless reform of government to save our country's economy and to protect our god given freedoms; Sarah Steelman is that reformer."
Supporters said they see Palin as a strong woman who is fearless in her defense of conservative principles and fiscal policy. Some drove from St. Louis to see Palin and offer support to Steelman.
Steelman said she was proud to have Palin's endorsement. "I believe she fires up voters and people see her as a fearless fighter for America."
The Senate hopeful promised to work to repeal Obamacare, win a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and repeal federal pensions for members of Congress. Steelman believes in zero based budgeting as a way to trim unnecessary federal expenditures.
Missouri's primary election is Tuesday, August 7. Polls will be open from 6am to 7pm. It is an "open" primary which means voters can request a primary ballot from any party without actually belonging to the party.
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