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Columbia Missourian

Missouri U.S. Senate front-runners already debating debates

By The Associated Press
July 22, 2010 | 6:29 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's Democratic and Republican front-runners for the U.S. Senate already are talking about debates — even before the primary elections.

Missouri's primaries are Aug. 3.

Today, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, challenged the winners of the Republican, Libertarian and Constitution party primaries to three general election debates.

The leading Republican candidate, Congressman Roy Blunt, challenged Carnahan in February 2009 to three televised forums. A Carnahan spokesman said at the time that Blunt should first worry about his own primary.

A Blunt spokesman said Thursday that he wants more than just three debates against Carnahan.