This is Aaron Cummins for Missouri Capital Caucus with a recap of the first debate in the race to be Missouri's next governor.
Republican Jim Talent and Democrat Bob Holden traded jabs at each other's record on the major issues facing Missouri.
A mixed audience of Democrats and Republicans showed up at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau to hear the candidates debate.
They talked about highways, methamphetamines and the death penalty. And, tackled issues like public education and partial-birth abortion.
But, the most entertaining exchange of the night happened on the topic of prescription drugs.
Talent said he thinks subsidies should be provided by the feds, but said he would work on it as governor if the federal government doesn't get it done.
Another interesting topic of debate was Missouri's growing methamphetamine problem.
Talent said he wants stronger laws.
Holden said that strong enforcement would continue if he was elected.
Holden also criticized Talent's much-talked about highway construction plan.
Talent and Holden will debate at least two more times before the November 7th election... once in Kansas City and once in Springfield.
In Jefferson City, I'm Aaron Cummins.