Tags: Missouri Senate | Debate

Akin, McCaskill Meet in Debate for First Time

Friday, 21 Sep 2012 12:36 PM

 

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican congressman Todd Akin are squaring off in their first Senate race debate, and it didn't take long for Akin's comments on rape and abortion to divide the candidates.

Akin said in a TV interview last month that women can avoid pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape."

Asked at Friday's debate about how the comments had changed the race, Akin tried to deflect the issue by saying the race was "not about words" but two opposing voting records on jobs and the economy.

McCaskill repeated her support for abortion rights and said Akin's comments "opened the window" to his views.

Akin apologized after the rape comments, but he's lost support among Republicans, including Senate leaders and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Giuliani: Netanyahu Obligated to Speak to Congress for Israel's Sake

Sunday, 01 Feb 2015 19:45 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has faced criticism in his own country and in the United States for agreeing t . . .

Israeli Ambassador's Super Bowl Tweet Invokes Netanyahu Invitation

Sunday, 01 Feb 2015 19:07 PM

Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, angered some people Sunday with a Super Bowl tweet that had not . . .

Ben Carson: Obama Letting Islamics 'Destroy Us'

Sunday, 01 Feb 2015 16:26 PM

Dr. Ben Carson, an expected GOP presidential contender, said he wants to see the size of government reduced if he one da . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved