Steelman wants early debates in Mo. Senate race

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri state Treasurer Sarah Steelman is challenging her fellow Republicans to an early series of debates in the U.S. Senate race.

Steelman said Wednesday that she has asked Congressman Todd Akin and businessman John Brunner to join her for debates that could start later this month in St. Louis. All three are seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the 2012 elections.

Steelman says she feels a sense of urgency to get voters involved in the Senate campaign.

Spokesmen for both the Akin and Brunner campaigns said they look forward to debating but aren’t sure about the timing.

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