BRANSON, Mo. — The Latest on Missouri debates (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Democrat Jason Kander sought to portray incumbent Republican Sen. Roy Blunt as part of the problem in Washington, not part of the solution, during their first face-to-face debate.

Kander, Blunt and three third-party candidates spoke at a forum during the Missouri Press Association convention in Branson.

Kander, Missouri’s 35-year-old secretary of state, said he was called to public service while serving in the Army in Afghanistan, where he saw how poor political decisions impacted soldiers. He said things won’t change in Washington until the people sent there to govern change.

That was a not-so-subtle shot at Blunt, who served seven terms in the House before election to the Senate in 2010. But Blunt said experience matters, and this year’s election is potentially the most important ever, noting that the next Senate could vote on multiple Supreme Court nominees.

2:50 p.m.

The two major-party candidates for governor of Missouri went aggressively at each other in their first face-to-face confrontation Friday.

Republican Eric Greitens accused Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster of being a career politician, a big-spending liberal and a rubber stamp for the president’s health care initiative. Koster painted Greitens as someone so unprepared to lead the state that he needs a team of helpers.

Greitens is a former Navy SEAL officer and a first-time politician. Koster served in the Missouri Senate before being elected attorney general.

The two major party candidates, along with two third party candidates and an independent, spoke at a forum during the Missouri Press Association convention in Branson.