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Dave Spence's Degree of Difficulty in Missouri

January 10, 2012

Given that the economy is the top issue in just about every statewide race right now, it's only natural for a candidate to tout his or her credentials on the subject.

If, say, you have an economics degree, it would be prudent to point that out -- as Dave Spence, Republican candidate for governor in Missouri does.

"After high school, Dave attended University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a degree in Economics," says the biography on his campaign website.

Not a bad idea to include that information ... unless it's not completely accurate, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch finds:

According to the university, Spence's degree is not in economics. It is in home economics.

The school says that Spence majored in family economics and management -- also called consumer economics -- which earned him a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Home Economics in 1981.


"I was not the greatest student in the world," Spence said. "I'll make fun of myself: I was a 60-watt bulb in a 100-watt society."

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