McCaskill ad hits Akin over emergency contraception
October 7th, 2012
05:35 PM ET
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McCaskill ad hits Akin over emergency contraception

(CNN) – Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill's campaign has released a new ad hitting Republican opponent Todd Akin for his conservative stance on contraception as a part of a statewide buy in Missouri.

The 30-second television spot, which began airing Saturday, depicts the six-term congressman as holding "extreme beliefs" and being out of touch with voters.

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The narrator begins by saying: "As a prosecutor, Claire McCaskill put hundreds of predators behind bars, fought on behalf of victims, counseled survivors of sexual violence. It's why Claire understands that survivors of rape deserve the option of emergency contraception whether they accept it or not."

"But Todd Akin opposes emergency contraception for victims of rape and incest," the narrator continues.

Akin came under fire in late August for comments he made in an interview with a Missouri television station concerning female reproductive functions that he said prevent pregnancy in cases of what he termed "legitimate rape."

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," said Akin, who later apologized for the comments.

A clip of the interview was posted online by the liberal super PAC American Bridge. Akin's comments quickly went viral, causing a host of Republicans, including GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to urge the Senate hopeful to exit the race for fear of compromising a potential majority in the upper chamber.

The deadline for the conservative to exit the race passed September 25 as Akin vowed to continue his fight for the Senate seat.

Democrats currently control the Senate 53-47.

"While Claire's been a firm and compassionate advocate for survivors of sexual assault, Todd Akin's extreme belief that survivors of rape and incest should be denied access to emergency contraception simply goes too far," Caitlin Legacki, a McCaskill campaign spokeswoman, said in a release about the ad buy.

Responding to the ad, a spokesman for the campaign said the "race is not about what Akin said but what McCaskill did."

"While claiming to be a moderate, McCaskill voted with Barack Obama 98% of the time. She has voted for dozens of tax increases, TARP Wall Street Bailout, a $6.8 trillion increase in the debt ceiling in six years. Moreover, she was the deciding vote on Obamacare even though Missourians voted against it in a referendum by 71%," spokesman Rick Tyler said in a statement.

–CNN's Dana Davidsen and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Todd Akin
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Mrose

    People of Missouri I know you want to win here, but come on, this man is not the one you want representing you all in
    Washington. He might be a good family man, but his ideas is just too extreme. Let Karl Rove pick up a Senate seat some
    where else.

    October 7, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. PattieB

    Until a man has been violated sexually, demeaned at work, catcalled on the street, followed and accosted on the street, denied equal pay for equal work simply because of his gender, forced to submit to unwanted sex, forced to have a child out of wedlock after incest or rape due to lack of funds or legal means for an abortion, and had his life diminished or ruined by an unwanted child, he should keep his mouth shut. He has no right to an opinion based on any reason other than the same sort of reasoning as a rapist. Simply being an old white man in power is not good enough.

    October 7, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. T'sah From Virginia

    far-White men know they are a dying race – therefore, their women must have babies and in order to accomplish that, force every other woman to do the same; no matter what. The far-Right women most likely use the most contraceptives out there and not having babies; these men want to control their women and the rest of the women in the country.

    The marjority of America is NOT from the far-Right – HANDS OFF OUR BODIES!!! (This is why Akin and his like will lose in November!!!)

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    October 7, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. Thomas

    "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," said Akin

    If only Romney would step in an help him flip flop this around.

    October 7, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. Ken in MO

    The Republicans have lied so much about Obamacare it is shocking. Funny thing is when you ask people.about individual pieces they love Obamacare. Even Republicans. Their mission is for him to fail and hurt America...period.

    October 7, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. dw

    If Missouri actually votes Akin into the senate it will just show that they are a state in societal regression. It will show how out of touch, extreme, & flat out CRAZY the majority of Missourians have become. I hope they have entered the 21st century with the rest of us and that they are not further behind, as it relates to modern society, then even the severely limited Mississippi is.

    October 7, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. Nameakasha

    Akin ... fine for him to exist ( I suppose) ... what for him to have any say over the lives of other people ... what a travesty!

    October 7, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Craig RB

    You'd have to be a woman hater to vote for Akin or such a dyed in the wool Republican that you can't think straight.

    October 7, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  9. Blinded by the republican lie

    That's right Claire...Hit him where it hurts...with the ladies....Women have had enough of these gotp going after our rights...Keep standing up for us and I hope a lot more progressive women get elected...Enough is enough with these neanderthals..

    October 8, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |