Mo. GOP Senate candidates to participate in forum

The three Republicans seeking to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill will appear at a forum next month hosted by the Missouri Republican Party.

The party says former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and businessman John Brunner all have agreed to participate in a 90-minute event Feb. 18 at the party’s Lincoln Days conference in Kansas City.

Brunner has been criticized by opponents for not accepting invitations to two media-sponsored events.

Akin and Steelman both plan to participate in a debate Tuesday sponsored by St. Louis radio station KTRS and the St. Louis Beacon. Steelman and Akin also plan to take part in a Jan. 30 forum at Branson High School sponsored by Earls Family Broadcasting.

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