In their first joint appearance, Missouri’s five major Republican candidates made clear that they agree on the key moves deemed necessary to move the state forward.
Among their shared views are a decrease in regulations, lower taxes, limits on lawsuits, restrictions on abortions and enacting “right to work” legislation.
Their differences – laid out during Tuesday night’s forum in Jefferson City, moderated by Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City — appeared to center more on what each deemed as his or her political strength.
Missouri Sen. Bob Dixon, former Missouri House speaker Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder each pointed to their accomplishments in elected office.
Businessman John Brunner and former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens expounded on the virtues of having an outsider candidate with no electoral experience.
This was the first time all five candidates shared the stage in the 2016 campaign. The contested GOP primary stands in contrast to the Democrats, who have coalesced around Attorney General Chris Koster.