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Ashcroft: America wants assurance economic downturn doesn’t repeat

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft spoke to Missouri business leaders at the Associated Industries of Missouri Show Me Leadership event Wednesday at the Double Tree Hotel.

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft spoke to Missouri business leaders at the Associated Industries of Missouri Show Me Leadership event Wednesday at the Double Tree Hotel. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

With words of encouragement and warning alike, former Attorney General John Ashcroft addressed members of the Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) and state legislators on the importance of business for the young legislature.

In his keynote address at the Doubletree Hotel in Jefferson City on Wednesday afternoon during AIM’s SHOW ME Leadership event, Ashcroft called upon the legislators and AIM members to work together this year, citing the words of Thomas Payne to describe the potential that comes with a new session at the Capitol.

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“We have it within our power to make the world over again,” Ashcroft said. “If the American people have, at any time, registered a more profound idea that they want their circumstance, their environment, their communities made over again than this last November, I don’t know when it was. Certainly not in my lifetime.”

Among the topics that Ashcroft touched on in his address, the uncertain state of the economy was prominent.

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