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Democratic Candidates Debate a Second Time

For the second time, Democratic Governor Bob Holden debated his leading democratic challenger State Auditor Claire McCaskill. The two squared off last night in the studios of KETC, the public television state in St Louis. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

THE FORMAT WAS SIMILAR TO THE DEBATE FORMAT USED IN THE PREVIOUS NIGHT IN KANSAS CITY.

A PANEL OF FOUR JOURNALISTS ASKED THE CANDIDATES QUESTIONS.

AND THE CANDIDATES HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO QUESTION EACH OTHER.

AND THAT'S WHEN THINGS STARTED TO GET PERSONAL.

STATE AUDITOR CLAIRE MC-CASKILL ASKED GOVERNOR BOB HOLDEN WHY HIS CAMPAIGN HAD BEEN ATTACKING HER HUSBAND, WHO WORKS IN THE NURSING HOME INDUSTRY.

AND EXCEPT FOR THAT QUESTION, THE CANDIDATES DID FOCUS PRIMARILY ON ISSUES AFFECTING MISSOURIANS.

THEY COVERED SOCIAL ISSUES LIKE ABORTION, CONCEALED WEAPONS, AND GAY MARRIAGE.

THE TWO CANDIDATES ARE BOTH PRO-CHOICE, OPPOSE CONCEALED WEAPONS AND SAY THEY'LL VOTE AGAINST THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE.

BUT THE CANDIDATES DISAGREED ON RAISING TAXES.

HOLDEN SAYS HE'S PUT TOGETHER A TAX PACKAGE THAT TARGETS CERTAIN TAXPAYERS AND BUSINESSES.

BUT MC-CASKILL HAD A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON RAISING TAXES.

IN MAKING HER CASE TO VOTERS, MC-CASKILL HAS SAID IF ELECTED, SHE'LL IMPLEMENT 100 AUDIT FINDINGS IN 100 DAYS.

BUT HOLDEN CRITICIZED HER FOR FAILING TO PUSH FOR THESE CHANGES AS AUDITOR.

MC-CASKILL OFFERED THIS REBUTTAL.

LAST NIGHT WAS THE SECOND AND LAST FACE-TO-FACE DEBATE FOR THE TWO CANDIDATES.

A COALITION OF NEWS ORGANIZATIONS IN SPRINGFIELD, INCLUDING K-S-M-U AND OZARKS PUBLIC TELEVISION HAD INVITED THE CANDIDATES TO DEBATE HERE.

MC-CASKILL AGREED BUT HOLDEN'S CAMPAIGN SAID IT COULD NOT WORK IT INTO HOLDEN'S SCHEDULE.

SO, THE CANDIDATES WILL TAKE QUESTIONS SEPARATELY FOR THIRTY MINUTES FROM A PANEL OF JOURNALISTS...THAT PROGRAM WILL BE BROADCAST ON K-S-M-U AND K-Y-3 JULY 28TH AT 8 P-M.

IT WILL BE RE-BROADCAST ON OZARKS PUBLIC TELEVISION JULY 30TH AT 8 P-M."