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Republican Senate candidates Todd Akin and Sarah Steelman share a laugh Monday during a forum at Branson High School. A third candidate, St. Louis businessman John Brunner, declined to attend the event.

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Mo. Senate hopefuls blast Obama, education dept.

Missouri U.S. Senate candidates Todd Akin and Sarah Steelman found common ground Monday night in criticizing President Barack Obama and the federal Education Department but sparred over which one of them would wield the biggest ax in cutting government spending.


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