Reps. Clay, Carnahan Tout Liberalism In Debate

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Congressman Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay are both touting their liberal credentials as a reason why Democratic voters should pick them in a St. Louis area primary.

Clay and Carnahan appeared together Monday during a debate hosted by KMOX radio. The two incumbents both are running in the 1st Congressional District, because the state lost one of its nine congressional districts after the 2010 census.

Clay touted the fact that he tied for first place in a ranking of the most liberal Congress members by the National Journal. Carnahan countered with a list of endorsements from labor, environmental and other liberal groups.

Both said they supported raising the minimum wage, which currently is $7.25 an hour. But both said they thought the current minimum wage was $7.45.