Akin, McCaskill square off in U.S. Senate debate

11:29 PM, Oct 18, 2012   |    comments
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Clayton, MO (KSDK) - Democratic Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin squared off Thursday night for their second and final debate.

The candidates set the tone in their opening remarks.

Senator McCaskill touted her record as a moderate willing to compromise, and she painted her opponent as an extremist.

"He wants to privatize Medicare, abolish the minimum wage, say that rape victims cannot get contraception on an emergency basis he wants to say we have no more federal student loans in the federal system," said McCaskill.

Congressman Akin repeatedly linked Senator McCaskill to President Barack Obama's policies saying she voted with him 98 percent of the time.

"What does that area look like first of all in the area of jobs instead of the promises from the $787 billion stimulus bill we've had 43 months of the worst unemployment since the great depression," said Akin.

When asked about improving public education in Missouri, Congressman Akin continued his call for massive cuts to the department of Education.

"One of the things that I have done was to vote no on no child left behind. It's not that I don't have abiding faith in big government to fix problems in education," he said.

"The federal governments involvement in public education is important for our country, it's not about bureaucracy, it's about whether the middle class survives," said McCaskill.

Perhaps the most engaging remarks came when asked about the Israeli Iran situation.

"The situation in Iran is like the situation in other parts of the Middle East, these people see us as weak and vacillating, leading from the rear and apologizing, all that does is encourage them," said Akin.

"Nobody is leading from behind we're navigating a very difficult area. While I have been calling on sanctions for Iran Congressman Aiken has voted for aid for Iran not once but twice in his political career and voted against aid for Israel this is backwards," said McCaskill.

But there was also a missed opportunity for both candidates when asked what misconceptions they wanted to clarify about themselves.

Senator Akin did not mention his controversial comments about rape.



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