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Anyone's Race? Akin Hangs Tough in Mo. Senate Contest

Missouri Republican Todd Akin's comments on rape sent the GOP into a tailspin. Party leaders and the media all but gave the win to the Democrats. But it's still anyone's race. Read Transcript


Reporter: THE "SHOW ME"

STATE IS PROUD OF PRODUCING

HARD WORKERS WITH A HEALTHY

DOSE OF SKEPTICISM.

MISSOURIANS ARE ALSO KNOWN

FOR BEING POSITIVE, BUT IT

IS HARD TO TELL BY THE

BITTER CAMPAIGN ADS.

TODD AKIN IS SCARY.

I'M AFRAID OF WHAT HE'LL

DO IN CONGRESS.

CORRUPT CLAIRE.

Reporter: OBSERVERS

EXPECTED NASTINESS BETWEEN

CLAIRE MCCASKILL AND

REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER TODD

AKIN, GIVEN THE RACE'S

POTENTIAL TO SHAKE UP THE

SENATE.

THEN CAME THIS.

IF IT IS A LEGITIMATE

RAPE, THE FEMALE BODY HAS

WAYS TO SHUT THAT WHOLE

THING DOWN.

Reporter: THAT SIX

SECONDS UP-ENDED AKIN'S

LEAD.

IT ALSO TOSSED CLAIRE

MCCASKILL A LIFE-LINE SHE

DESPERATELY NEEDED.

CLAIRE MCCASKILL WAS ONE

OF THE MOST VULNERABLE

CANDIDATES, BUT SHE HAS BEEN

ABLE TO CAPITALIZE ON A

MISSTEP FROM HER OPPONENT,

TODD AKIN.

Reporter: BUT THE

SIX-TERM ST. LOUIS

CONGRESSMAN ISN'T GIVING

UP.

HE MADE IN LOST GROUND AND

TURNED THE CONTEST AROUND.

THIS IS A VERY CLOSE

RACE.

I BELIEVE WE HAVE A GOOD

CHANCE OF MAKING THE

DIFFERENCE OF THE CONTROL OF

THE SENATE.

Reporter: IN AN

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, AKIN

TELLS CBN NEWS HE HAS HAD

PEACE ABOUT HIS CAMPAIGN ALL

ALONE.

EVEN WHEN PARTY BOSSES

PRESSURED HIM TO BOW OUT.

THEY TRIED TO PUSH HIM

OUT.

HE HAS HUNG IN.

HE STILL HAS A CHANCE TO

WIN, BUT HE HAS HAD TO DO

THAT WITHOUT ANY NATIONAL

REPUBLICAN REPORT.

Reporter: HE IS NOT THE

ONLY CANDIDATE DRAWING

CRITICISM ABOUT RAPE.

RICHARD MOURDOCK EXPECTED

PREGNANCIES TO GOD'S WILL.

AKIN BELIEVES LEADERS

ABANDONED HIM BECAUSE HE IS

A CONSERVATIVE WILLING TO

BUCK HIS OWN PARTY.

IT MAY BE THAT SOME OF

THE LEADERSHIP IN THE

SENATE, IN THE REPUBLICAN

SIDE, WOULD BE COMFORTABLE

WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE MORE

MODERATE.

AND BECAUSE I'M NOT,

APPARENTLY IT'S MORE

IMPORTANT TO THEM TO GET

MODERATE THAN MAYBE EVEN

TAKING OVER CONTROL OF THE

SENATE.

Reporter: AKIN STILL

STRUGGLES WITH FINANCES.

CLAIRE MCCASKILL RAISED

NEARLY $6 MILLION IN A FINAL

FUNDRAISING PUSH, WHILE AKIN

TOOK IN LESS THAN

2 MILLION.

MOST OF THAT CAME IN FROM

SMALL ON-LINE DONATIONS.

THE PARTY HAS BEEN VERY

SUCCESSFUL IN TURNING OFF

OUR FUNDING, WHICH IS OUR

MEANS OF COMMUNICATION.

IN A SENSE, THEY'RE TRYING

TO MAYBE STARVE US OF

OXYGEN.

BUT THEY HAVEN'T STARVED ME

OF GASOLINE.

Reporter: AKINS FUELING

HIS MOMENTUM BY ATTENDING

EVENTS LIKE THIS FRIDAY FISH

FRY.

HIS TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN

VALUES APPEAL TO CHRISTIAN

VOTERS.

HE IS A STRONG CHRISTIAN,

HE IS A CONSERVATIVE, AND

THAT'S THE KIND OF PEOPLE I

WANT IN WASHINGTON.

I KNOW, IN SPITE OF WHAT HE

SAID, HE IS ROC-SOLID ON THE

ISSUES.

Reporter: CLAIRE

MCCASKILL PORTRAYS AKIN AS

TOO EXTREME ON ISSUES

RANGING FROM MEDICARE TO

SOCIAL SECURITY TO HIS VIEWS

ON WOMEN.

SHE SLAMMED HIS LEGITIMATE

RAPE COMMENT, WHILE TOUTING

HER RECORD.

ALL SENATORS ARE RANKS,

ONE TO 100.

YOU'RE LOOKING AT NUMBER

50.

HOW DID I GET THERE?

MISSOURI-STYLE

INDEPENDENCE.

I'M CLAIRE MCCASKILL AND I

APPROVE THIS MESSAGE BECAUSE

RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE IS RIGHT

FOR MISSOURI.

Reporter: THE CAMPAIGN

DID NOT RESPOND DESPITE

MULTIPLE REQUESTS FOR A

STATEMENT.

HER BACKERS, WHICH INCLUDE

SEVERAL LEADING MISSOURI

NEWSPAPERS, SAY CLAIRE

MCCASKILL'S BIPARTISAN

APPROACH SHOULD BE REWARDED

WITH A SECOND TERM.

SHE HAS REALLY CREATED A

NATIONAL NICHE IN TERMS OF

KEEPING AN EYE ON DEFENSE

SPENDING, AND TAKING HER

FORMER ROLE AS A STATE

AUDITOR AND APPLYING IT TO

HER ROLE IN THE SENATE, AND

SAVING TAXPAYERS MILLIONS,

IF NOT BILLIONS, IN

SAVINGS.

Reporter: AKIN

DISAGREES.

HE CALLS CLAIR CLAIRE

MCCASKILL OUT OF STEP FOR

BACKING THE OBAMA CARE LAW.

HE BELIEVES THAT IS THE

IMAGE VOTERS WILL TAKE WITH

THEM TO THE POLLS.

I'M VERY MAINSTREAM FOR

THE STATE OF MISSOURI.

I'M GOING FORWARD WITH THE

MISSION, AND I PLAN, BY THE

GRACE OF GOD, TO REPLACE

GLARCLAIRE MCCASKILL.

Reporter: JOHN JESSOP,

CBN NEWS, ST. LOUIS COUNTY,

MISSOURI.

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