Bond, Farmer Square Off in Columbia Debate
By Bill Raack, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – The four candidates for U.S. Senate in Missouri squared off on Tuesday in their only televised debate. It took place at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
It didn't take long for the two leading candidates - incumbent Republican Kit Bond and Democrat Nancy Farmer - to go on the attack against one another.
"I fought to save thousands of Missouri manufacturing jobs threatened by California bureaucrats," Bond said. "My opponent sided with the bureaucrats. I fought along with Dick Gephardt to keep F-15 and 18 lines open and jobs in St. Louis. My opponent is endorsed by an anti-defense group that opposes their funding."
Farmer replied: "It's not enough for Senator Bond to earmark funds for this university and then vote to kill overtime pay for people who work here. It's not enough for Senator Bond to say he honors our veterans when he voted against health care for the men and women returning from Iraq."
Farmer and Bond were joined in the debate by Constitution Party nominee Don Griffin and Libertarian candidate Kevin Tull.