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McCaskill, Blunt Debate in Kansas City

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Claire McCaskill (left) and Matt Blunt (right)

By KWMU

Kansas City, MO – >To hear the audio from Monday night's hour-long debate,
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Republican Matt Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill met in Kansas City for their first televised debate Monday night.

McCaskill reiterated through the night that Blunt is too inexperienced to be governor, often reminding the audience that he's 33 years old.

Blunt, meanwhile, said he offers leadership and different views on issues from the current governor Bob Holden.

Blunt also reiterated his promise for the state's schools, saying he'll never withhold money for schools from the state budget (something Gov. Holden did last fiscal year, saying the state wasn't going to take in enough money to pay for everything lawmakers had budgeted).

McCaskill offered an idea on how to change the formula that determines how much money schools get, saying the formula should "incentivize" districts to lower administrative costs as a way to get more money spent on textbooks and teacher salaries.

McCaskill also cited her prosecution of criminals as Jackson County Prosecutor and oversight of state audits that found waste in state government.

Blunt cited his service in the Navy and work in the private sector, the Legislature, and as secretary of state.

The only other televised debate between the two will happen Friday in Springfield, Missouri.

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