Here's what Missourinet's Bob Priddy had to say about his first interview with John Brunner as an official candidate:
The number of possible Republican challengers for Senator McCaskill has increased to three with the addition of Frontenac businessman John Brunner. But he appears to be short on solutions to the problems likely to be major issues in the campaign.
Brunner used to head the company that makes Germ-X hand sanitizer. He joins Sarah Steelman and Todd Akin in the Republican field. He says the federal government is suffering from a lack of direction. But when it comes to the specifics of his own platform, Brunner is vague about his own direction.
Missourinet has posted audio of the interview here.
"I gather from your answers though, what -- boiled down to, 'everybody needs to sit around a table and discuss this' -- that you don't really have a preference yourself for what you think should be done. Do you have an idea for what should be done with either of these issues [Medicare and Social Security]?" Priddy says at the 13:50 mark in the clip.
Brunner's responses to questions from Priddy about support he may receive from Karl Rove's Crossroads campaign apparatus are uncomfortable, and indicate that Brunner doesn't really know what's in store. Maybe this is why John Hancock and Brunner's other handlers kept their candidate away from the press?