FILE - This combination of file photos shows Missouri U.S. Senate candidates in the November election, Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, left, and her Republican challenger Josh Hawley. McCaskill and Hawley are scheduled to debate Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Missouri Senate candidates debate health care, party loyalty

October 18, 2018 - 9:36 pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley has used a debate to paint Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as too liberal for the increasingly red state of Missouri, while McCaskill continued to hammer her challenger over his positions on health care.

The two squared-off Thursday in St. Louis during a debate hosted by St. Louis Public Radio, Nine Network and KSDK Channel 5.

Hawley says McCaskill is out of touch on policies including the recent federal tax cut, which she voted against, and a wall on the southern border, which she says is unnecessary.

McCaskill hammered Hawley over his role in a lawsuit to overturn President Barack Obama's health care law, including insurance protections for pre-existing medical conditions. Hawley says he supports those protections, but McCaskill says the lawsuit would undo them.

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