Senate Hopefuls Akin, Steelman Debate
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two Missouri Republicans vying for the U.S. Senate spent more time criticizing the Democratic incumbent than each other during a debate on Tuesday.
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman participated in an hour-long debate in St. Louis County sponsored by KTRS Radio and the online newspaper the St. Louis Beacon. A third candidate, businessman John Brunner, did not attend.
The debate was mostly polite with few interruptions or arguments. But both candidates were critical of Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, often tying her to President Barack Obama. Both cited the increasing deficit and stagnant economy. Both blamed McCaskill and Obama for too much taxation and too much red tape.
The winner of the Senate primary will face McCaskill in the November general election.