Total McCaskill/Talent Forum Coverage
Republican incumbent Jim Talent and Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill had three-minute opening statements before answering questions from a panel of reporters. McCaskill used her statement to discuss the war in Iraq. Talent talked about his record in the Senate, including bills he voted for such as a prescription drug plan, terrorist surveillance program, lending bill to protect veterans and an energy bill. He said those are making a difference in Missouri but, he said, McCaskill does not support any of them.
A major topic was foreign policy, with the first question about the war in Iraq. Talent reiterated his support for the war, saying he still thinks the war is a good idea despite new intelligence reports. McCaskill said she would not have voted for the war and she said the U.S. needs to have a timetable to get out of Iraq.
Talent and McCaskill also differed on how to deal with North Korea. Talent said he is against bilateral talks because the U.S. should include its allies in the region in discussions. McCaskill said the war in Iraq has become a huge distraction and has given the U.S. tunnel vision which led to the emergence of a nuclear North Korea. She said she supports six-party talks but said the U.S. should never refuse to talk one-on-one with any enemy.
Reporters also asked both candidates about Missouri's stem cell initiative on the Nov. 7 ballot. McCaskill said she favors the initiative because her religious beliefs support using our gifts and talents to find cures for diseases. Talent said he hopes cures that don't violate his conscience can be developed for serious diseases. He said he is against human cloning and the proposed constitutional amendment could allow human cloning.
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