JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP)- Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is starring in a new Missouri ad promoting the U.S. Senate campaign of Sarah Steelman.

In a TV spot that began running Monday, the former Alaska governor describes Steelman as an economist “who defends our tax dollars like a momma grizzly defends her cubs.”

Steelman, a former state treasurer, is one of several Republicans competing in an Aug. 7 primary to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Some of the other Republican candidates also have been touting endorsements from politicians. Businessman John Brunner campaigned Monday in Joplin with Sen. Tom Coburn, of Oklahoma. Congressman Todd Akin has been running TV ads featuring praise from former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

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