Updated 2:11 p.m. with details
The Republican race to challenge U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in 2012 is officially a three-way contest.
John Brunner, chairman of St. Louis-based Vi-Jon, Inc.,which makes Germ-X hand sanitizer and other personal care products, has officially entered the race.
Brunner made the announcement via a 10:45 a.m. press conference Monday. Here are his prepared remarks for you to review.
Brunner, a former Marine, describes himself on his Twitter profile and Facebook page as "a true constitutional conservative running to cut spending, balance the budget, and restore the American Dream." He has a long track record of donating to Republican and conservative causes. But he's never run for public office - which he says makes him the most qualified person to serve.