Missouri Senate candidates square off in first debate

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley has pushed hard at a debate to paint Claire McCaskill as “another Washington liberal,” a phrase he repeated over and over, while the incumbent Democrat touted herself as a moderate compromiser.

The Missouri Press Association on Friday hosted a candidate forum in suburban St. Louis that featured the two major party candidates as well as two others.

The race is among the nation’s most closely-watched campaigns, with control of the Senate potentially at stake. Polls indicate it’s a toss-up.

Hawley, the state’s attorney general, has the support of President Donald Trump. At least seven times during the debate he referred to McCaskill as “another Washington liberal.”

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McCaskill says she supports the president when it benefits Missouri and opposes him when it does not.

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