U.S. Senate candidates debate in Columbia

September 28, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
A timekeeper and panelists sit in the front row during Missouri's first U.S. Senate debate of the general election season. At this debate, hosted by the Missouri Press Association on Sept. 21, candidates Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, and Jonathan Dine, a Libertarian, agreed on the point of opposing a ban on large sugary drinks, which had been in the news earlier in the month.