The Missouri Times will be hosting the first Republican gubernatorial debate of 2016, streaming from downtown Jefferson City. The debate will be a stark contrast from the previous series of forums that have been held around the state.
The debate will be Monday, February 22, the evening before candidate filing, at Revel, hosted by the Missouri Times publisher and host of This Week in Missouri Politics, Scott Faughn. Missouri Right to Life, johncombest.com, and Missouri Alliance for Freedom will be co-sponsoring the event.
“The Missouri Times is excited to host the first actual no-holds-barred debate here in the state’s capital,” said Faughn. “We’re expecting a lively back-and-forth as we have all of the candidates who have been in opposition to President Obama and Governor Nixon the past 7 years. The contrasts in their vision for the state and nation from its current direction will make it a fun evening.”
The format will be in true debate debate form, asking the same set of questions of each candidate and allowing candidates rebuttal time to defend any attacks against themselves.
Former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, businessman John Brunner, and Lt. Governor Peter Kinder have committed to the debate. Not-for-profit organizer Eric Greitens, a fourth candidate expected to file for the office, is out-of-state that evening and unable to attend.