Published on September 24, 2012 at 12:26 AM
USA Today: Akin Still Confident He Can Win Missouri Senate Seat
In an interview with USA TODAY, the Republican lawmaker -- abandoned by his party and GOP outside groups when he made controversial comments last month about the abortion rights of raped women -- is unbowed and confident that he is on track to defeat incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill ... For her part, McCaskill has used the controversy to paint a broader picture of [Todd] Akin as too conservative for the state. At their first debate Friday in Columbia, Mo., McCaskill said the episode "opened the window to his views" and criticized his opposition to federal student loan programs and his support of a plan to privatize the current Medicare system as examples (Davis, 9/23).
NPR: Women Head For The Hill In Record Numbers
More women are running for Congress this year than ever before. ... "On the Democratic side, you could make the case that they've been saying the Republicans are waging a 'war on women,' and a lot of Democratic women may be more energized by the rhetoric we've seen so far," [NPR Political Junkie Ken] Rudin says. "But Republican women have been coming through the ranks as well" (Farrington, 9/23).
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