McCaskill dumps on Akin Tuesday night
The Kansas City Star
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill got another taste of national publicity Tuesday night, going on for a friendly Q &A with Lawrence O’Donnell of “The Last Word” on lib-loving MSNBC.
O’Donnell billed it an an “exclusive” interview, but McCaskill didn’t say much of anything new, at least for people who have been closely watching her race here in Missouri.
But it’s good for the rest of the nation to hear about McCaskill’s race against Republican Todd Akin - especially on the final day he could have pulled out of the contest but didn’t.
McCaskill got to see her new ad - which rips Akin - played on national TV.
And she talked about the “Republicans for Claire” group that will be supporting her before the Nov. 6 election.
Speaking of Republicans, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt reversed course Tuesday night and endorsed Akin. The statement came weeks after Blunt, along with other top national and Missouri Republicans, had asked him to get out of the campaign.
When O’Donnell asked about Akin as an opponent, McCaskill said she wasn’t going to underestimate him because he has plenty of dedicated supporters in the homeschooled movement and on the evangelical right.
As McCaskill said, “it’s not what Akin says, it’s what he believes,” not only when it comes to his extreme views on abortion but also on school lunches, Medicare and Social Security.
But as I continue to say, McCaskill’s supporters better not take her opponent lightly. Akin has done well in recent polls, far better than many people would have thought.