John Brunner, Todd Akin and Sarah Steelman to debate in US Senate race

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Businessman John Brunner has enthusiastically endorsed Mitt Romney, but the other two Republicans seeking Missouri's U.S. Senate seat appear more hesitant to do so.

During a debate Friday night in St. Louis, Brunner praised Romney as "just the kind of leader we need right now." Congressman Todd Akin said he could support Romney on some issues, but not necessarily everything. Former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman largely avoided a direct answer about support for Romney.

The three Republicans are competing in an Aug. 7 primary to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

During the debate, they accused each other of making misleading statements about their positions. But they all vowed to try to repeal Obama's health care law and offered similar plans for the economy based on less government spending and taxes.

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