JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill took aim Wednesday at Republican challenger Todd Akin with a new series of TV ads featuring rape survivors outraged by Akin's remark about "legitimate rape" and his opposition to emergency contraception.
The three separate ads feature individual testimonials from three women who said they were raped, including one who describes herself as a "pro-life" Republican and another self-described "pro-life mother" who calls herself a "woman of faith." The ads are among the most powerful yet by McCaskill, who is intent on reminding voters of Akin's remark about women's bodies having ways of avoiding pregnancy in "legitimate rape."
Akin's comment in mid-August drew widespread condemnation, including from GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and other top Republicans, who pressured him to drop out of the Senate race. Akin apologized repeatedly and instead forged ahead with his campaign, even as some deep-pocketed fundraising groups abandoned him. After a final drop-out deadline passed in late September and some GOP leaders in Missouri helped Akin raise campaign cash, McCaskill intensified the pressure on Akin with ads referencing his "legitimate rape" remark.
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