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."