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Missouri Secretary of State Aschroft defends school comments while on Branson radio show

Republican candidate for Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft speaks to supporters Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Valley Park, Mo. Ashcroft is facing Democratic challenger Robin Smith. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Republican candidate for Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft speaks to supporters Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Valley Park, Mo. Ashcroft is facing Democratic challenger Robin Smith. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)(Jeff Roberson | AP)
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 12:22 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) —

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says comments he made that fathers would risk dying to send their children back to school are being misconstrued.

During an interview Monday with a Christian radio station in Branson, the Republican said he didn’t know a father who wouldn’t risk his life to be sure his children are getting a good education. His Democratic challenger in November’s election, Yinka Faleti, called Ashcroft’s statements insensitive and irresponsible.

Ashcroft told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he wasn’t suggesting anyone should die, but was saying children need to get back to in-person schooling.

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