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Akin, McCaskill spar at Missouri Press Association debate

Date: September 21, 2012
By: Alexander Mallin
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
Republican Representative Todd Akin's controversial comments on rape and abortion became the first question raised at the first debate between the candidates for U.S. Senate.
RunTime:  0:31
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Akin faced the first question at the forum in Columbia and was asked to defend his statements.  

Actuality:  AKIN2.WAV
Run Time:  00:12
Description: "Well I've answered this question repeatedly and I don't believe that this election overall is about talk, but it's really about two visions of what America is."
 
On the other side, Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill said voters should see Akin's comments as a general reflection of his beliefs.
 
The Missouri Press Association sponsored the debate.

From the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.

Intro: 
Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial statements on abortion and rape were the opening topic in the first Senate debate for the 2012 season.
RunTime:  0:36
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: It was the first question raised in the Columbia debate.

Akin said he had addressed it before, but Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill went on full attack.

Actuality:  MCCAS2.WAV
Run Time:  00:16
Description: "You know I think Congressman Akin's comments opened the window to his views for Missourians. He has apologized for those comments, but they say alot about how he views things, and that's where Missourians need to pay attention."

Akin responded by attacking McCaskills voting record and says that the election should not be decided by talk, but by the visions of the candidates.

From the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.

Intro: 
Senator Claire McCaskill responded to attacks on her voting record in the first Senate debate for the 2012 season.
RunTime:  0:35
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Republican Representative Todd Akin criticized the democratic senator's voting record when it comes to how the federal government spends money.

 

Actuality:  AKIN4.WAV
Run Time:  00:06
Description: "That's what Claire is bragging about voting for that thing and calling it a budget. It's not a budget, it's a disaster."

But McCaskill rebuked Akin's claim.

Actuality:  MCCAS4.WAV
Run Time:  00:12
Description: "I think Congressman Akin, if he'll read the bill, he'll find the language specifically as it says: 'This act, shall serve as the budget resolution for the fiscal year.'"

The Missouri Press Association sponsored the press forum held in Columbia.

From the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.


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