Republican Senate candidate John Brunner suggested Thursday he isn't worried about his opponents' "celebrity endorsements" in the tight Missouri Senate primary.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to attend a campaign rally Friday for Sarah Steelman, one of Brunner's opponents.
"Celebrity endorsements are always interesting," he said after a reporter asked about his reaction to the Palin visit. "We had Mike Huckabee as a celebrity endorsement for one candidate, and we have another celebrity endorsement for the other."
Brunner said accused opponents in both parties, and third-party groups, of "falsehoods and half-truths" in last-minute campaign commercials.
"I'm the greatest threat to Claire McCaskill," he said.
After talking about business, Brunner was asked about corporate taxes. Former Gov. Mitt Romney has proposed cutting corporate taxes from 35% to 25%.
A campaign spokesman said Brunner supports a 20% corporate tax, but in his answer the candidate said the rate should slide between 20% and 25%.
A study released yesterday said the overall Romney tax plan would benefit the rich, and finance disclosures show Brunner is the wealthiest of the three GOP Senate candidates in Missouri.
But the candidate would not directly respond when asked if his wealth influenced his support for Romney's tax blueprint.