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Former Sen. John Danforth: 'Each of the two political parties has gone to the extreme'

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Former Sen. John Danforth has launched a new Super PAC that aims to spend as much as $20 million in support of independent Senate candidate John Wood.

Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth is endorsing independent candidate John Wood for Missouri's open seat, which is being vacated by Sen. Roy Blunt.

John Danforth, who represented Missouri in the U.S. Senate from 1976 to 1995, says our current style of politics is "toxic" and "just not the way politics should work." Supporting an independent candidate, he argues, is a necessary counter to two parties that he thinks have ventured too far from the mainstream opinion.

He joined KCUR's Up To Date to discuss what he believes is flawed about our current political system and to elaborate on why he's backing John Wood.

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