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On the Road with Claire McCaskill

To give voters a better chance to get to know the leading candidates for governor, KSMU brings you reports from the campaign trail. We hope to show you the candidates in those unscripted moments before or after their public events. We've already brought you a report on Republican Matt Blunt. Now, KSMU's Missy Shelton brings you this story on Democrat Claire McCaskill.

MONDAY WAS DEBATE DAY.

AND CLAIRE MC-CASKILL WAS LOSING HER VOICE.

IT'S NOT AN OPTION BECAUSE STATE AUDITOR CLAIRE MC-CASKILL IS KEEPING A RIGOROUS SCHEDULE.

SHE'S IN A TIGHT RACE AND EVEN WITH THE FIRST DEBATE ONLY HOURS AWAY, SHE WAS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, ATTENDING A RECEPTION AT THE AMERICAN ROYAL IN KANSAS CITY.

SHE MADE HER WAY AROUND THE ROOM QUICKLY, PAUSING TO SHAKE HANDS AND TELL STORIES ABOUT HER CHILDREN.

MC-CASKILL OFTEN TALKS ABOUT HER CHILDREN...HER CHILDREN ARE 17, 15 AND 12 YEARS OLD.

MC-CASKILL SAYS SINCE SHE'S RUN FOR STATEWIDE OFFICE BEFORE, HER CHILDREN ARE USED TO THE NEGATIVE ADS ON TELEVISION.

SHE SAYS THE CAMPAIGN IS HELPING HER 12 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER'S SOCIAL LIFE.

THOUGH HER CHILDREN AND OTHER MEMBERS OF HER FAMILY OFTEN CAMPAIGN WITH HER, SHE WAS ON HER OWN AT THE AMERICAN ROYAL RECEPTION.

AFTER THE RECEPTION, SHE TOOK A FEW MOMENTS TO SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT HER CANDIDACY.

MC-CASKILL SAID IT'S IMPORTANT THAT HER FAMILY ENGAGE IN CAMPAIGNING SINCE HER DESIRE TO RUN FOR OFFICE CAME FROM HAVING PARENTS WHO VALUED PUBLIC SERVICE.

MC-CASKILL SAYS HER DESIRE TO MAKE DIFFERENCE COMES FROM HER EARLY RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES.

SHE'S CATHOLIC AND REMEMBERS BEING IN CHURCH FROM THE TIME SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL.

AFTER HER VISIT TO THE AMERICAN ROYAL, MC-CASKILL'S AIDES SAID SHE WAS OFF TO HER HOTEL ROOM TO REST AND PREPARE FOR THE DEBATE.

WE'LL CONTINUE OUR REPORT FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL THIS AFTERNOON DURING ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.