Several Republican candidates in the upcoming November election stopped in Branson Saturday on the Billy Long Victory Tour.

    In addition to Long, Todd Akin, a candidate for U.S. Senate; Dave Spence, a candidate for Missouri governor; incumbent Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder; Shane Schoeller, candidate for Missouri Secretary of State; Ed Martin, a candidate for state attorney general; and Cole McNary, a candidate for state treasurer, were all in attendance at Tea Party Patriot HQ on Veterans Boulevard.

    The surprise guest of the day was Sen. Roy Blunt, who led off the day’s speakers with a message about changes that needed to take place in Washington, particularly in regard to energy issues.

    Blunt mentioned the Keystone Pipeline, a system to transfer crude oil across the country, and coal as opportunities to take advantage of energy production.

    He also referenced a statement made by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

    “He said the problem is our gasoline doesn’t cost as much as it does in Europe,” Blunt said.

    More than 200 people attended the event.

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