Republican Congressman Todd Akin and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill met on stage for their first debate on Friday morning in Columbia. Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine joined the forum held by the Missouri Press Association.
The candidates for U.S. Senate wasted no time before trading jabs.
Akin criticized McCaskill for the growing national debt, as well as her vote for the Affordable Care Act, which is considerably unpopular in Missouri.
"It's pretty hard to say you're in favor of Medicare when you cut 700 billion from it," Akin said.