McCaskill's crisp with facts in debate win over Akin
The Kansas City Star
First things first:
Claire McCaskill came better prepared with facts about her voting record, opponent Todd Akin’s voting record, and just about everything else in Thursday night’s U.S. Senate debate.
So she “won” the debate.
She stayed on message, looked like a moderate on several matters (Keystone Pipeline, for example) and didn’t say anything that would make her look like she’s taking re-election for granted.
But here’s a point worth making:
The debate was cordial, civil, a bit boring and a bit wonkish.
Akin and McCaskill deserve great credit for making that possible.
So the debate was good for democracy. The candidates didn’t interrupt each other. They stuck to the time given them. They asked politely for time to respond.
As for the debate:
Fiscal cliff was McCaskill’s sweet spot: She said she was willing to look at lower taxes - but needs revenue, too. Stop the extremism is a good answer.
McCaskill had a devastating recitation of the stimulus spending Akin supported.
McCaskill said she would love to have a Supreme Court judge not from Harvard, Yale. Good Show-Me answer.
On Iran, Akin doesn’t answer directly what to do about it, McCaskill says correctly that sanctions are working.