Meet the Candidates: U.S. Senate

Claire McCaskill – D

Claire McCaskill has had a long career in politics, first being elected in 1982 to the Missouri House of Representatives, then Jackson County prosecutor, state auditor and finally U.S. Senate in 2006. McCaskill is running for her third term in the Senate, branding herself as an independent voice for Missourians, according to her Senate website. McCaskill visited Truman State University in September to talk about the voting age gap, health care and higher education subsidies. She answered questions from students centered around health care, prescription drug prices, and the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. McCaskill said she supports the Medicare system, but Medicare for all might have financial issues.


Josh Hawley – R

Josh Hawley is currently attorney general of Missouri. The West Missouri native is a Yale Law School graduate. Hawley won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, beating several opponents, notably Austin Petersen and Tony Monetti. Hawley has the endorsement of President Donald Trump, and Hawley and Trump have appeared at events together. Hawley is an advocate for religious liberty and opposed Affordable Care Act before becoming Missouri attorney general, according to his campaign website. He will fight governmental overreach of farms and family businesses if elected, according to the website. Hawley has not visited Truman State University.