Blunt, Carnahan Clash in First Missouri Senate Debate

By Staff | October 14, 2010 | 1:47 PM EDT

Kansas City, Mo. (AP) - Democrat Robin Carnahan says the Republican running against her for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat is doing the bidding of lobbyists. Roy Blunt says Carnahan is twisting the truth.

The two squared off on Kansas City Public Television Thursday in their first debate, which focused on federal spending and the health care overhaul.

Carnahan called for a ban on spending earmarks and said she opposed a 2008 bill bailing out troubled financial institutions. Blunt defended dedicated spending projects and said the 2008 bill helped avoid bigger economic troubles.

Blunt called for a repeal of the new health care law. Carnahan did not.

The candidates are competing to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kit Bond.