Hawley, McCaskill to debate in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican opponent, Josh Hawley, are hoping for a debate win tonight to shift the meter clearly in their direction. The debate is live streaming on KOMU.com.
Polls compiled buy FiveThirtyEight shows everything from a dead heat to Hawley leading by three points. Real Clear Politics' average of polls puts the difference between the two at just half a percent.
The question is whether the statements made at the debate will sway undecided voters or prompt anyone to switch sides.
This live blog will provide the candidates' responses in sections divided by the questions asked. It will aggregate those sections in reverse chronological order, with the newest on top. Be sure to tweet your reaction to @KOMUnews.
In @HawleyMO's closing statement he says he respects @clairecmc's service, but it's not working anymore. "She has become a party line politician." He says it's time for someone in Washington who isn't "part of old battles" and will stand with Missouri. @KOMUnews #MoSenateDebate— Monica Madden (@themonicamadden) October 19, 2018
"WILL YOU SUPPORT THE BORDER WALL?"
@clairecmc said U.S. Border Patrol needs more technology. McCaskill said "I’m not going to give up until we have comprehensive immigration reform that includes stronger border security." #MoSenateDebate @KOMUnews— Veronica Mohesky (@VeronicaMohesky) October 19, 2018
ON INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE
@clairecmc said, "I never said I would raise taxes on the middle class." She said that she would like to gradually raise the minimum wage to $12. McCaskill said, "Raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do." #MoSenateDebate @KOMUnews— Veronica Mohesky (@VeronicaMohesky) October 19, 2018
On the raising Missouri minimum wage, @HawleyMO says he will vote no on the proposal, party because it will raise the minimum too quickly. @KOMUnews "Wages are just now beginning to grow and reaching a new high but @clairecmc wants to adopt the party line and raise your taxes."— Monica Madden (@themonicamadden) October 19, 2018
QUESTION REGARDING HAWLEY'S SUPPORT, AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, OF A LAWSUIT TO END THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AT ISSUE: WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO PEOPLE WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS
On preexisting conditions: @HawleyMO says we should repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. "I favor forcing companies to cover pre-existing conditions and there are multiple ways to do that without Obamacare." @KOMUnews #MoSenateDebate— Monica Madden (@themonicamadden) October 19, 2018
REACTING TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S TARIFFS ON CHINA AND THEIR EFFECT ON MISSOURI FARMERS
TALKING ABOUT GUN CONTROL
On gun control: @HawleyMO says we need to fix the national background check system, "it doesn't work right now because of loopholes like mental health records." and that Congress had the chance to fix that system, but did not. @KOMUnews #MoSenateDebate— Monica Madden (@themonicamadden) October 19, 2018
A HEATED EXCHANGE
@HawleyMO says @clairecmc voted on drastic military votes. "She did that because it was the party line and we don't need a party line liberal in Washington that's my criticism." @KOMUnews #MoSenateDebate— Monica Madden (@themonicamadden) October 19, 2018
QUESTION ABOUT JAMAL KHASHOGGI, A JOURNALIST WHO DISAPPEARED AFTER GOING TO THE SAUDI CONSULATE IN TURKEY.
@clairecmc said that she thinks that if the Saudi Arabian journalist was murdered, it needs to be addressed. McCaskill said, "We can’t abandon our place on the top of the hill and then look away because it might have financial consequences." #mosenatedebate @KOMUnews— Veronica Mohesky (@VeronicaMohesky) October 19, 2018
On Jamal Khashoggi: @HawleyMO says the U.S. needs a policy of strength and needs to get the facts. "If the Saudi government is involved and all options do need to be on the table and the consequences need to be severe." @KOMUnews #MoSenateDebate— Monica Madden (@themonicamadden) October 19, 2018
CANDIDATES ARE QUESTIONED ON THE BUDGET DEFICIT, ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS
First question for @HawleyMO in the #MoSenateDebate on cutting back on Medicare/Social Security: “I think it’s vital we protect those programs Americans paid into.” he said he does not support cuts to those programs. @KOMUnews— Monica Madden (@themonicamadden) October 19, 2018
Questions in the McCaskill-Hawley debate come from voters and audience members. pic.twitter.com/TDFrD4zJAX— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) October 19, 2018
Instructions to audience before tonight's debate. That's Channel 5's Mike Bush checking notes: pic.twitter.com/Q2nU5ne4rl— Jo Mannies (@jmannies) October 18, 2018
People who applied to be in the audience are starting to file in to the debate room here in Nine Network. The debate is set to get started at 7. We’ll be giving you an update on @KOMUnews at 6, tune in. pic.twitter.com/NCLjWF0nB4— Eric Graves (@ericgraves50) October 18, 2018