Claire McCaskill

  1. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) has remained mostly silent on the topic of abortion during her recent travels through the State of Missouri despite the controversy surrounding her opponent,  GOP Rep. Todd Akin.

    She has instead mostly contrasted her views with her opponent’s on minimum wage, taxes and federal student loans. “The only guaranteed ticket to the middle class is a college education. I am not aware that there is another guaranteed ticket,” McCaskill said. 

    Akin is back on the airwaves with campaign ads, and his campaign team says that it will stay that way.

    This is even after National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) vowed to spend no money on his Senate race and some Missouri TV stationd stopped running his ads, reportedly because of unpaid bills.

    The big question now is whether he be able to raise enough money to keep his ads airing through election day.  Akin says there are new contributions coming in and they will be enough to sustain him through the election. 

    The deadline for Akin to withdraw from the race is Sept. 25. 

    kansascity.com »

  2. The political world erupted after Rep. Todd Akin’s statements about rape and abortion on Sunday. 

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch provided a broad analysis of how his comments would affect the race for Sen. Claire McCaskill’s seat in on Capitol Hill, conservative columnists and politicians, including Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, distanced themselves from Akin, and conservative journalists and asked him to step down.

    McCaskill, on the other hand, probably had to have staffers restrain her from doing a premature victory dance while she argued that Akin should stay on the ballot on MSNBC’s Morning Joe . Host Joe Scarborough even announced her as “the woman re-elected last night.”

    Unofficial footage from McCaskill’s campaign headquarters after Akin’s comments 

    "This statement is kind of a window into Todd Akin’s mind," McCaskill said on the show.  She also cited her years as an attorney who worked on hundreds of rape cases.  

    Basically, the nation, including the GOP, all agreed yesterday: Todd Akin said something wrong, on a moral level and a political level.

    But let’s backtrack here for a moment and ask why this comment is such an affront to the public conscience.

    First, here’s the full quote from the interview on KTVI, the St. Louis FOX affiliate:

    Charles Jaco: What about in the case of rape? Should it be legal or not?

    Akin: “People always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare.  If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.  But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something.  I think there should be some punishment, but I the punishment should be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

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  3. According a new poll by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri’s incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) trails all of her potential Republican opponents. 

    The poll of 625 registered Missouri voters suggests a key source of McCaskill’s problems is her support of President Barack Obama. The Democratic president — who almost won Missouri in 2008, and once considered the state a 2012 tossup — now has a 51 percent negative rating here and a 9-point deficit against Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to the poll.

    stltoday.com »

  4. Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt are pushing for legislation that will include a five-year, half-trillion dollar piece of legislation that is known as the Farm Bill. The bill deals with food policy, conservation, research, and promoting sustainability.

    One of the complexities of the bill has to do with the amount of proposed amendments including one that changes government support of farmers from direct payments to subsidized crop insurance. The legislators discussed over 200 proposed amendments, many rooted in election year posturing and are only marginally related to farms and food production.

    Sen. McCaskill said that she wants to sponsor an amendment that will create a new position of chief of agricultural counsel at the EPA. 

    The bill has already been approved by the Missouri State Senate and is awaiting passage in the House.

    stltoday.com »

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