Akin deflects question on 'rape' comment in debate
September 21st, 2012
02:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin deflects question on 'rape' comment in debate

(CNN) – Rep. Todd Akin couldn't escape questions about his now-infamous comments on "legitimate rape" from August during a U.S. Senate debate Friday, deflecting the inquiry as tangential to the real issues his race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill should be about.

"I've answered this question repeatedly," Akin said. "I don't believe this election overall is about talk."
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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
Akin focuses on McCaskill in new ad
September 14th, 2012
05:51 PM ET
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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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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri
August 23rd, 2012
04:39 PM ET
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Akin assessing candidacy with conservatives in Florida

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Facing pressure from Republican heavyweights in Washington to abandon his Missouri Senate bid, Rep. Todd Akin is huddling with top conservative activists in Tampa to assess whether to move forward with his embattled candidacy.

Akin spent Wednesday night and Thursday in a series of private meetings at the two-day summit of the Council For National Policy (CNP), a secretive group of conservative leaders who are meeting in Florida before next week’s Republican National Convention.
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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
Akin hits fund-raising goal, spotted in Tampa
August 23rd, 2012
11:47 AM ET
2 years ago

Akin hits fund-raising goal, spotted in Tampa

(CNN) – Rep. Todd Akin, embroiled in scandal after a controversial remark he made about rape, announced Thursday he hit a fund-raising goal of $100,000 in the last two days.

"Over the past 48 hours, I have apologized, been attacked by the party bosses, yet through it all, voters have rallied behind me," Akin said in a statement released by his campaign.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
McCaskill the comedian: Missouri race 'boring'
August 22nd, 2012
08:52 PM ET
2 years ago

McCaskill the comedian: Missouri race 'boring'

St. Charles, Missouri (CNN) – While Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has largely stayed on message regarding her opponent Republican Rep. Todd Akin and his status in their upcoming Senate race, she used the whole controversy to lighten the mood a bit before a stump speech.

Responding to a man who asked how her day was going as she waited for a microphone to be set up, McCaskill said, "You know, everything's pretty boring these days."
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
Senate battles head on to the general in Missouri and Michigan
August 8th, 2012
12:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate battles head on to the general in Missouri and Michigan

(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri now has the Republican challenger she'd hoped for, but the first term senator still faces a serious fight to keep her seat in November.

It appears to be a different story in Michigan, where Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow's re-election prospects after Tuesday's primary continue to look strong against GOP attempts to defeat her in the general election.
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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Debbie Stabenow • Missouri
Akin declares victory in three-way Missouri GOP primary race
(L) Rep. Todd Akin (C) Former state treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) Businessman John Brunner
August 7th, 2012
11:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin declares victory in three-way Missouri GOP primary race

(CNN) - Rep. Todd Akin declared victory Tuesday evening in a hotly contested Missouri GOP Senate primary that featured a crowded field of candidates battling for a spot to face off against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in November.

Akin faced businessman John Brunner and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman in the primary.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Sarah Palin • Senate
Palin to picnic for Steelman in Missouri
August 2nd, 2012
05:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin to picnic for Steelman in Missouri

Washington (CNN) – There will be food, drinks and live music Friday in Missouri – and Sarah Palin will be the co-host.

The former GOP vice presidential candidate will serve up barbecue and political red meat at a picnic to support Missouri Republican Senate candidate Sarah Steelman.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Sarah Palin • Senate
Bridges unburned: Biden praises McCaskill
July 9th, 2012
05:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Bridges unburned: Biden praises McCaskill

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden closely aligned himself Monday with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, saying he's a "strong, strong ally" of the first-term senator.

"She knows who she is and what she believes in, and she's willing to take risks to fight for what she believes in," Biden said at a private fund-raising event in Kansas City, according to a pool reporter in the room.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Joe Biden • Missouri
McCaskill to skip Democratic convention
June 26th, 2012
05:40 PM ET
2 years ago

McCaskill to skip Democratic convention

(CNN) - One of President Barack Obama's biggest supporters will not be attending this summer's Democratic National Convention.

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told reporters Tuesday that she has never gone to conventions when she's had contested elections, and that the Washington press reaction to the news is "silly." Earlier Tuesday an aide to McCaskill confirmed to CNN that the senator will not go to the convention, which will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina during the first week of September.
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