Steelman, Akin reject Brunner’s ‘attack’ ad

Both former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman and U.S. Rep. Todd Akin are unhappy with U.S. Senate opponent John Brunner’s new campaign ad.

While all three of Missouri’s Republican U.S. Senate candidates have spent much of their campaign time tying the incumbent Democrat, Sen. Claire McCaskill, to President Barack Obama — and saying how they would represent Missourians better in the U.S. Senate than McCaskill does — this week, Brunner launched a television ad critical of Akin’s votes in Congress and Steelman’s votes as a state senator from 1999-2005.

“I’m sorry that he’s gone negative right off the bat,” Steelman said during an interview about her U.S. Senate race. “And, secondly, his ad is not true.”

Brunner’s 30-second ad accuses both Akin and Steelman of “manufacturing debt.”

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