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Why do Schmitt and Schmidt keep suing?

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The Missouri and Kansas attorneys general have a lot in common. Both are Republicans, both have filed high-profile lawsuits against mask mandates and vaccine requirements, and it seems both are interested in using their platforms to run for higher office.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt have a few things in common, and not just their similar names. They’re both Republicans running for higher office next year — Schmitt for U.S. Senate, and Schmidt for governor of Kansas — and both have made it clear that they oppose some COVID-19 prevention measures.

The two men have gone to court to oppose mask mandates in schools, and recently signed onto lawsuits against the Biden administration challenging its vaccine requirements for health care workers and federal contractors.

Jim McLean, political correspondent for the Kansas News Service, and Steve Vockrodt, Investigative Editor for NPR's Midwest Newsroom, walk us through what these lawsuits mean and their potential impact on elections next year.

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