ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- One-time potential political foes Roy Blunt and Sarah Steelman announced her selection Friday to head a coalition of Missouri business people to advise Blunt's U.S. Senate campaign on what's needed to expand and sustain small businesses and jobs.
Last year, Steelman, an economist and former state treasurer, called Blunt a "big-spending Republican," adding that the public was "sick and tired of Washington experience."
But at a gathering of Republican business people on Friday, Blunt and Steelman praised each other and said the coalition she will lead will advise Blunt on what the government should do to encourage small business and job creation -- what he called the most important issue facing Missouri residents and other Americans.
Blunt said Steelman's background in economics and understanding of job development, regulation and tax policies will bring much to the task, and that she will be "an integral part of the campaign."
Steelman, who is taking a semester off from teaching at Missouri State University to head the coalition, said she was "honored to be chosen."
Asked about her "big-spending Republican" comment from last year, Steelman smiled and said she and Blunt "differ on some things" but agree on the need for job creation.
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