Missouri’s five Republican candidates for governor will tonight be on stage together for the first time.
Former Missouri House speaker and U.S. attorney Catherine Hanaway, Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, Springfield state senator Bob Dixon, former Navy SEAL and author Eric Greitens, and businessman and former Marine John Brunner, will participate in a debate during a candidate forum at the Missouri Farm Bureau headquarters in Jefferson City. It has been organized by the Cole County Republican Central Committee.
The 90-minute debate can be seen live on this page. Come back to it at 6:30 tonight.
The audience will include supporters from each campaign. It will be moderated by Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City). He and the Cole County Republican Central Committee have chosen between four and six questions from eight possible subject areas including taxation, economic development, crime, and education. Only the committee and the moderator will see the questions in advance.
No questions will be of a personal nature to any candidate or group of candidates.
The order of seating and the order of speaking will be determined by drawings from a hat. Each candidate will offer opening and closing remarks each up to two minutes in length, will have 90 seconds to answer each question with no rebuttals or follow-up questions.
Negative attacks on other Republican candidates are not permitted.