Akin focuses on McCaskill in new ad
September 14th, 2012
05:51 PM ET
6 years ago

Akin focuses on McCaskill in new ad

(CNN) - The Republican representative from Missouri who landed in the headlines and drew heavy Republican criticism for controversial comments on rape he made in an interview last month launches a new campaign television ad Saturday.

The new spot by Rep. Todd Akin hammers the Democrat he hopes to unseat, Sen. Claire McCaskill, over her support of President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Titled "Broken Trust," the ad uses a clip of McCaskill at one of the contentious town hall meetings held in the summer of 2009 when legislators returned to their states and held forums on the health reform law.

"You don't trust me?" McCaskill is seen asking a largely hostile crowd in the ad, as shouts of "No" can be heard.

The narrator reads, "McCaskill broke our trust when she cast the deciding vote to pass Obamacare, cut Medicare by almost a trillion dollars, and killed jobs with higher taxes, spending, and debt.

"McCaskill voted with Obama 98% of the time," the narrator continues, before audio of Obama endorsing McCaskill rolls.

The senator's own latest television ad, however, touts her status as a centrist.

"All senators are ranked, one to 100, liberal to conservative," she said. "You're looking at number 50."

McCaskill was also not the last senator to announce she would support the health law.

The Akin spot closes with McCaskill saying, "You've got every right, if I decided to run again, to do everything in your power to fire me."

A source familiar with the spot says it will air in every market in the state.

Erik Dorey, a spokesman for McCaskill, said in a statement responding to the ad, "Akin is trying once again to mislead voters about Claire's record because he knows his own beliefs are just too extreme for Missouri."

"Missouri families know exactly who they can trust to protect Medicare, Social Security and student loans, and it's not Todd Akin," Dorey said. "Claire's always been a Senator on our side, fighting to protect these safety nets. On the other hand, Todd Akin's been working to abolish the minimum wage and eliminate Social Security and Medicare, all while protecting tax giveaways for mega-millionaires and big oil at the expense of working families."

Attention turned to Akin the week before the Republican National Convention when the congressman said in an interview on a local television station that "doctors" had told him pregnancy is rarely a result of sexual assault. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," he said in an interview with KTVI.

Those comments led to high profile Republicans either encouraging him to back out of the race or vowing not to support his candidacy if he continued his challenge of McCaskill.

Days later, he released a television ad stating that "rape is an evil act" and apologizing for having "used the wrong words in the wrong way."

The race is seen as important to Republicans in winning a majority in the Senate.

Race ratings from two top independent election watchers differ slightly in their prediction of the November outcome. The Cook Political rates the race as a toss up, while the Rothenberg Political Report says it leans in McCaskill's favor.

- CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Akin is toast.

    September 14, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    I think we should sell Missouri to Mexico to lower the defict created by the gop hicks party over the last 20 years ,or sell it to the Mormon cult !!!!

    September 14, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Akin represents the sickness in the GOP. As for earlier posts, I wish someone would tell McCain and Mittens that there were 12 embassy attacks under "W", and according to right wingnuts, he was a tough hombre, who never let facts interrupt his living in dream land.

    September 14, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    I am glad, glad, this law is passed and overturned by SC. GOP idiots.

    September 14, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Republicans seem to be ignoring the bigger truth. "Obamacare" was modeled after "Romneycare"! Isn't it a stretch of reality to pretend that's not true? We've grown to expect that Etch-A-Sketch from Romney but to use it in other campaigns seems a little delusional – even for people who don't remember the Bush Administration.

    September 14, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    2009? You are truly living in the past aren't you lying altar boy twin of HR 3 which is against women!
    McCaskill has voted for US Americans and our future health card.
    If anyone is evil it's you you slimeball piece of dung.

    September 14, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Michael

    HOW CAN ANY SANE AMERICAN TRUCT THIS REPUGLICAN AND THE GOP! They lie to you about creating jobs and limited govt. while they are actually increasing the size of govt in your private life; invading your personal lives, raping women, and children...denigrating everyone by forcing rape victims to have their babies....while denying medicaid, or any govt. help for rape victim!!! Cutting off funding for govt programs while using the savings to give more TAX CUTS to billionaires & millionaires and starting a new TRILLION DOLLAR$$$ war in IRAN & SYRIA!!!!

    September 14, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Three months before I was was born, I realized I would need a hospital to be delivered in, so I built it. Then, we needed roads to get there, so I built them. I was born with no help from my parents. When I was old enough to go to school, I built a public school, to attend. As I got older and needed to get ready for high school, I built a library, city parks, a post office, and played all nine positions on the high school baseball team without any help. After graduating from high school with no help from anyone but myself, I then built a college, and taught myself how to be successful, and started a company all by myself, and bought everything I made without any help. Now I know that you don't ever need any help along the way.

    September 14, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. ronb

    Yeah, the medical care that will take care of you (or your wife/mom/sister/daughter) even when you (they) are "LEGITIMATELY RAPED"!

    September 14, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    Akin is a disgrace and any woman or man voting for this low-life must be also.

    September 14, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Todd Akin , is this the guy who likes putting Aspirin between women's legs ?

    Or is that another GOP guy ?

    September 14, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Ryan/Akin believe it is ok to rape a woman and force her to have that child even if it kills her. Shame on Ryan/Akin.

    September 14, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    myview – Where are you, I miss your European slant to right wingnutism? I hope Mittens did not make you self deport. After all, as a foreigner, you just don't understand America.

    September 14, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. nintex

    She voted with President Obama? Now that would be a good reason to vote for her!

    September 14, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Phi Thomas

    it looks like Koch head money found its way to Akin, Wisconsin if your state elects this idiot you get what you deserve. I don't care how shiny the ad might be or how much Koch head financing went into giving it a nice catch phrase this guy is in idiot

    September 14, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Senior Citizen

    I can't imagine anyone voting for someone so stupid as to say that women have ways to shut down when being raped. He also said the man should be punished, but what about woman who has to bare a child of rape? The Republicans will drop her and the child like a hot potato the minute she has the child and maybe has to go on Welfare to support this child. Just like they they think everyone on Welfare is worthless and allot of them are vets who have served and saved this country.........................People like Todd Akin make me want to vomit!!!

    September 14, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. jake

    Anybody who votes for this idiot needs serious help. This as$%#le still has the gaul to run for office after he pretty much alienated himself from all reasonable thinking normal people. Give it up akin...your a loser and you'll be just that come election day too.

    September 14, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Reggie from LA

    What surprises me is that Republicans have grown so accustomed to "He (or she) voted with Obama" that it's like a disgrace. "Obamacare is socialism". Let's see if mom and pop are gonna send Jr off to buy his own health insurance or not take advantage of regulations regarding preexisting conditions while scoffing at "Obamacare". Some are to stupid to know that healthcare benefits they enjoy are "Obamacare". I guess they just like hatin' OBAMACARE and being hypocrites.

    September 14, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Republican women in virginia organizing against all the women's health-care nutty bills introduced the last few month by republicans.

    24 days to early voting in some states.

    Obama/Biden for an intelligent steady hand going forward -– and for women's rights.

    September 14, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    I guess those nuts don't like being able to go to a doctor when you're sick. Wait until you're dying and go to the ER and run up evrryone else's insurance costs? NO.

    September 14, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Ooooooooh healthcare. Sooooooo scarey.

    Tell you what Missouri, all you senior citizens burn your socialized medicare card and call someone that gives a crap what happens to you if you vote republican.

    September 14, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Maybe Ryan/Romney will pay your healthcare bills. What? They're cutting medicare and charging seniors $6000 per year more?

    September 14, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Name

    Atkin is a Fool! PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!

    September 14, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  24. aaron

    The half-wit apparently thinks that voting to extend healthcare to millions of Americans equates with claiming that rape is legitimate. Undoubtedly, his supporters will remain firm behind him.

    September 14, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  25. Larry

    Who could trust anything that comes out of the mouth of this embarrassment to MO. He showed his contempt for women by his very unsensitive and ignorant reply about rape. He is just the kind of smug, know-it-all person we run from at work.

    September 14, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
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