Missouri

  1. The St. Charles County Suburban Journal has announced that its endorsement of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

    The paper covers much of Missouri’s second congressional district, which Akin represents. "The right choice for Missouri, and oddly for the Republican Party as a whole, is Claire McCaskill," the paper’s editorial board wrote.


    washingtontimes.com »

  2. Students and other community members gathered at the Student Center at the University of Missouri on Wednesday to to watch the first presidential debate of 2012.

    The group of mostly Obama supporters were disappointed in the president’s performance, and they shared their feedback with The 12 after the debate.

    The voices on the sound clip are, in order:  Bob McCutcheon, age 76; Kristin Johnson, 21; Jaya Sata, 32.

  3. An attendee at a town-hall style event asked Todd Akin why he opposed the Lily Ledbetter Act  and  ”thinks it’s OK for a woman to be paid less for doing the same work as a man?”

    Akin’s response:

    I believe in free enterprise. I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay, I think it’s about freedom .If somebody wants to hire somebody and they agree on a salary, that’s fine, however it wants to work. So, the government sticking its nose into all kinds of things has gotten us into huge trouble. 

    livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com »

  4. If the Republicans are going to win control of the Senate, they need Missouri.”

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    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, at a campaign event Monday for Rep. Todd Akin’s (R) Senate campaign. 

    More than a month after his controversial remarks about rape and abortion, Akin’s campaign is trying to get back on track in its bid to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

    Akin has already raised nearly $600,000 through small donor contributions and has received the endorsement of the Missouri Farmer’s Bureau since the Republican National Committee dropped their support for him. 

    midwestdemocracy.com »

  5. Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s first question in the first debate of the general election on Friday was regarding his statements last month about legitimate rape. 

    "I’ve answered this question repeatedly, but I don’t believe that this election overall is about talk," Akin said, before changing the subject to the economy.

    Akin attempted to expose his opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) as less than the moderate she claims to be, pointing out that she votes with President Obama 90 percent of the time, as well as someone who contributes to government over-spending.

    Akin also said that the Affordable Care Act should be repealed because seniors should have a choice in medicare, rather than a one-size-fits-all fix.  

    Sen. McCaskill responded saying that his comments were symptomatic of his “extreme" beliefs, such as abolishing the minimum wage and doing away with school lunch programs or cutting Medicare. 

    “I promise to keep the Republicans out of your bedroom and the Democrats out of your wallets,” was Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine’s most memorable line from the debate. 

  6. Until the Egyptian government takes corrective action to restore its relationship with the United States, we believe that our foreign aid to Egypt should be immediately suspended.”

    - Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican Senate candidate

    midwestdemocracy.com »

  7. As a former prosecutor, I’ve gotten to know firsthand the bravery of those who risk their lives every day for our communities and I’m honored to have the support of our police officers, firefighters and emergency personnel in this election.”

    - Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) after earning the endorsement of Missouri’s police and firefighter unions. 

    connectmidmissouri.com »

  8. From KOMU.com:

    The Missouri Farm Bureau on Tuesday said it would still endorse Rep. Todd Akin in the U.S. Senate race even after his controversial comments about rape.

    The Bureau began making endorsements in 1982 and has always endorsed Republican candidates. The vast majority — 99 percent — of its members voted to endorse Akin over Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in August. But in an unprecedented move, the bureau’s political committees decided to reconsider their support of Akin, and a series of phone conferences were made to discuss the endorsement. 

    Blake Hurst, president of Missouri Farm Bureau, said in a written statement that its members “accepted his apology and reaffirmed this election is still about issues such as moving our country in a better direction, getting the federal deficit under control, eliminating needless government regulations and creating more jobs.” 

    komu.com »

  9. I’m not getting out. Our polling data and everything says we’re going to win this race. That’s the plan and that’s what we’re focused on.”

    - Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican Senate candidate

    businessweek.com »

  10. 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 »

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