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Candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn enjoy a laugh after the conclusion of a forum sponsored at Cameron University Friday by the Oklahoma Republican Party. Pictured from left are: Eric McCray, Kevin Crow, Randy Brogdon, James Lankford and T.W. Shannon.

Senate candidates answer questions

Five candidates for U.S. Senate tackled everything from solving the country's debt to explaining what Biblical character they most closely identify with, during a forum at Cameron University.

Friday's session in the Shepler Ballroom, held before a capacity crowd, is one of three candidate forums that the Oklahoma Republican Party is holding this month to introduce voters to the men who are seeking to take U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's place when he resigns at year's end, two years before his term expires. Five of the seven Republicans seeking the seat (out of 11 total candidates) appeared at Cameron to answer a series of questions posed by Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy, who acted as moderator.

Two novices joined three politicians already known to a broad state audience: State Rep. T.W. Shannon, who represents Lawton, former State Sen. Randy Brodgon, Fifth District Congressman James Lankford, Kevin Crow, and Eric McCray. Murphy posed 10 questions to the men and following are the highlights:

Who do you most closely identify with in the Bible, and why?

Brogdon: "It's not Ruth," he joked. David, because he has spent most of his political life in the role of David, versus Goliath, in terms of fighting those powers who take a dim view of his efforts.

Lankford: Paul, because he considers his political life a journey and draws parallels to answering God's call, when it interrupted his life. Lankford said his calling was to go to Congress and to continue his ministry there. "I want other Christian legislators to follow me."

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