Skip to comments.McCaskill and Akin will square off in first debate for U.S. Senate (TODAY -LIVE STREAMING)
Posted on 09/21/2012 4:41:20 AM PDT by Evil Slayer
The nation is closely watching the U.S. Senate race in Missouri that pits Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill against her Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Todd Akin. The two will face off for their first debate today (Sept. 21) at 10:45 a.m. in Columbia, Mo.
McCaskill, 59, is seeking her second six-year term in the Senate after previously serving as state auditor. Akin, 65, is challenging McCaskill, rather than seek re-election to the 2nd Congressional District in St. Louis, to which he first won election in 2000.
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The race shot into the national spotlight last month after Akin remarked to a local television reporter when speaking about abortion that with a legitimate rape the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
He has since backed off the statement saying that he misspoke, but has rejected pleas from Republican leaders to drop out of the race. Republicans were hoping to unseat McCaskill in November, bringing them one step closer to holding a majority in the U.S. Senate.
Not all Republicans have shied away from supporting Akin. Former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will be in Missouri on Sept. 24 at a fundraiser for Akin. The $500-a-plate luncheon will be held at Trattoria Branica restaurant in Kirkwood. The invitation-only event is expected to be a small gathering of about 100 people.
I think Todd Akin was the choice of the people in Missouri and Todd Akin has publicly apologized, Gingrich recently told ABC News. I just think people ought to be a little cautious about saying the voters of Missouri dont count.
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This could be huge. Are you ready ES?
No matter how Akin does...the PhonyCons will be on here en masse telling us “he needs to step down”.....”he hurts the pro-life movement”....”he beat the GOP insider candidate”...
Go get ‘em, Todd
AMEN!!! Been praying and supporting Todd since all the attacks began. May God give him strength today as he debates.
I hope he rips her a new one in this debate and talks circles around her. I’m disgusted beyond anger that the GOP has turned on him. Go Newt.
Good Luck, Todd - and beat the heck out of her on Nov. 6.
It`s all ready been decided that Akin has lost debate before it has even started.
Same deal with all the Obama Romney debates, and the Biden Ryan debate, It has already been decided that Obama and Biden won the debates.
Does not matter how poorly Obama,Biden and McCaskil do, the MSM is going to say the dems all won.
They said Kerry and Gore won all debates.
Sad truth here is that despite talk radio, the internet etc, MSM still informs and dictates to the masses.
We are doomed, The American people are stupid (the masses that believe the polls etc and vote Democrat)
Keep your fingers crossed. The problem with Akin is not his core beliefs or his conservative principles, it’s the fact that the link between his brain and his mouth shuts down at inconvenient moments. The rape comment. Calling student loans a stage 3 cancer. Saying the government has no business providing subsidized student lunches. He has a history of trying to explain the right subject in exactly the wrong way and if that happens during the debate then it’ll be good for weeks of McCaskill commercials. The debate could help his campaign or it could scuttle it for good. Even odds either way.
This is great news!! Newt should be able to give Todd a significant boost to his campaign against McCaskill. By throwing his support behind Todd and physically being in Missouri sends a much needed signal to all Missourians that he has a highly recognized and proven conservative leader behind him. Missouri voters, if they had the chance to vote for Newt instead of having a caucus do it for them, would have given Missouri to Newt. I am hopeful that Newt can also draw in much needed donations for Todd by his appearance Monday.
I have had a feeling all along that Missourians will remember how Claire sold us out to Obama and do the right thing come Nov. 6th. If Newt targets all his attention to helping Todd in these final days by helping Todd attack the Obama clone (McCaskill), he will win big and give us a true conservative Senator for Missouri.
This has given me even more assurance that my prayers are being answered.
I’ll be here.
10:45 a.m. in Columbia, Mo.
Is that MO time or Eastern?
Did you see the story that DeMInt is considering helping Akin with $$$
Yes, I did and am so happy.
Thanks for putting me back on line. Ok, folks, lets roll.
Thanks for the link.
He just has to stick by his solid conservative beliefs, and votes... and bring up Omabacare... If he does that, he’s right back on track.
Anything yet? My feed is blank... says “LIVE-STREAM IS OFF AIR”.
Those links working for you?
Akin made a huge blunder, apologized, and now deserves our support... and GOP funds. He is, after all, a solid conservative through and through
I’m watching it here...
Says off the air
Working video stream link
Atkin sounds awesome already! I’ll bet the wins handily against dumb and ugly.
Some weenie questioner whining about the cost of education.
McCaskill wants more smokers, higher cigarette taxes!
The third man there talks like I type my comments. He needs a good grammar class.
McCaskill wants to raise the state tax of cigarettes to help pay for education.
Libertarian Dude says colleges are greedy, charge too much (damn right)
Akin says government getting involved in education drives the price up.
McCaskill does nothing but attack attack attack!
She spends more time telling what Akin would do than she does about what she would do. Akin’s there, he’ll answer for himself. Geez!
McCaskill still remembers where the Post Offices were in the towns she grew up in.
Not to be catty, but has she put on some major caboose weight since 2006?
YES! Akin points out the gridlock in the Senate. Tie her to it, Todd!
Thanking YOU for all you do:) having trouble viewing the debates on the streams...and have to leave in 20 mins! wonder if we will be able to obtain a transcript?
Evil Slayer...I think we are witnessing the kick off of a Akin rally. No republican in their right mind would vote for Claire or given the option leave the senate vote blank.
God be with Akin and US.
This guy is awesome! ROCK SOLID CONSERVATIVE! HE NEEDS FULL BACKING!
So far in the debate Akin appears honest, very knowledgeable and diplomatic while McCaskill appears to be doing nothing but spinning for Obama and her party.
She is sounding shrill and overly defensive on the Medicare cuts in Obamacare.
Exactly! And it sticks out like a sore throat. Most of her arguments (especially about Medicare) have already been debunked and the American people already know the truth.
The truth is NOT on her side.
McCaskill: There are a lot of things in the bill ...
[Pelosi: We gotta pass it to find out what is in it.]
He was portrayed as some knuckle dragging, ignorant doofus and he is destroying that image. Akin is winning this.
“What do you feel least prepared as a Senator to deal with?”
Thanks for the compliment. Sorry you are having problems with the steaming links. Yes, I guarantee there will be a transcript of the debate after it ends. I will be doing searches to make sure it gets on Free Republic threads. Have a nice day. Looks like we are gaining momentum and, God willing, will win this for Todd come Nov. 6th.
She sounds so snotty! arrogant witch that she is...loved it when Akin said it is bad enough when the insurance companies get between the patient and the doctor and the only thing worse is when the govt gets between a patient and the doctor! he rocked!
Oh just got it! yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I am watching it now...while getting ready and Akin rocks!
McCaskill says listening to the citizens is one of the most important duties of her as a politician.
[I don’t know whether she voted for Obamacare, but if she did, she wasn’t listenting to the people. According to Akin, some 70% of Missourians were/are opposed to Obamacare.]
This guy is solid!
WHAT A FLAMING SCREW UP FOR THE GOP TO TURN ON HIM!