Thursday, January 26, 2012

Steelman, Akin to debate Jan. 30 in Branson, Brunner skips another one

(From the Sarah Steelman for Senate campaign)

United States Senate Candidate Sarah Steelman will be participating in a Senatorial debate on Monday January 30, in Branson, MO. She will be joined by Congressman Todd Akin. John Brunner, the third candidate in the race, has once again refused to participate in the debate. This is the second debate in a row in which he has refused to participate, depriving voters of the opportunity to hear where he stands on the important issues of today.

The debate will be held at the Branson High School Auditorium starting at 7:00 p.m. The debate will be moderated by radio talk show host Monte Schisler, and is being hosted and broadcast live by 100.1 FM KOMC and streamed live to The auditorium seats approximately 700 and will be free and open to the public.

"I look forward to this debate with Congressman Akin. This is a great opportunity to hear direct feedback from the voters I want to represent, and to share some of my ideas on how to get this country heading in the right direction." said Steelman.

Businessman John Brunner, who is also running for Senate, has once again declined the invitation to debate. This is the second scheduled debate the other two candidates will be attending without Mr. Brunner. Mr. Brunner has expressed his desire to "control the process" as a reason for not accepting his invitation.

"I again urge Mr. Brunner to reconsider his invitation to this debate. As Jo Mannies pointed out in our last debate, this process is about informing the voters. The voters of Missouri deserve to hear from the candidates running for office about their philosophies and positions on the key issues facing our country. Claire McCaskill is going to be a tough opponent and Missourians deserve to know they have a strong candidate who can take Claire head on."

Jo Mannies is a political reporter for the St. Louis Beacon and she co-moderated the KTRS debate held between Congressman Akin and Ms. Steelman on January 10th.

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