Akin ad hits McCaskill for federal subsidies

Associated Press Modified: October 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm •  Published: October 11, 2012
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Akin's new ad comes just one day after McCaskill hit him with a trio of ads featuring rape survivors who were outraged by Akin's remark in August that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in instances of "legitimate rape." McCaskill's ads also highlight Akin's position that emergency contraception is a form of abortion, which he opposes.

Akin lost the verbal and financial support of many top national Republicans immediately after his remarks. He rejected calls from GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and others to drop out of the race and is now trying to mount a political comeback with an aggressive campaign that links McCaskill to the policies of President Barack Obama. Last week, Akin begun running an ad suggesting McCaskill's family had benefited from housing subsidies included in the 2009 stimulus act. But Thursday's ad marked his most direct attack on McCaskill.

"McCaskill's family pocketed $40 million in federal subsidies, $40 million of our money. Corrupt Claire," an announcer says in the ad. "The moment her hand came off the Bible, it went into our pockets."

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