Missouri Republican gubernatorial hopefuls square off

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JEFFERSON CITY— Three of the four Republican gubernatorial hopefuls faced each other for the first time Monday night in Jefferson City.

Businessman John Brunner, former Missouri House speaker Catherine Hanway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder took the stage at the Revel building, formerly known as the Lohman Opera House in the debate.

According to his campaign, non-profit organizer Eric Greitens could not attend due to a scheduling conflict.

The Missouri Times hosted the event, with publisher Scott Faughn handling host duties.

The event was sponsored by Missouri Right to Life, johncombest.com and the Missouri Alliance for Freedom.  

Discussion topics included repealing the Affordable Care Act, the recent MU protests and gun control.

"I don't know that any of the issues will completely convince anyone, but it gives folks a good opportunity to see how the candidate lands on their feet and responds to questions," lobbyist Sam Licklider said.

The Democratic Party is expected to be represented by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

KOMU 8 News will hold its own Republican gubernatorial debate on March 17.