ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - Senator Claire McCaskill has broken her silence she's maintained since Congressman Todd Akin's controversial comments on the Jaco report. McCaskill tells FOX2's Charles Jaco that she was stunned by Akin's comments on rape and abortion.
Until now, Senator McCaskill has refused to comment on akin's remark that victims of what he called legitimate rape have natural defenses that keep them from becoming pregnant.
I was stunned by what he said and how he said it. But it opened a window into his mind and showed his beliefs. And I’m very familiar with a long list of items where congressman Akin is outside the mainstream. You know, Todd Akin would consider it an insult if you called him a moderate. I wear the term moderate like a badge of honor.
And that seems to be the McCaskill game plan to paint akin as an extremist and herself as a middle of the road moderate.
So is that why McCaskill skipped the democratic national convention this week, to avoid being identified as a democrat or too closely with President Obama?
People in this state know that I supported the president and I think most Missourians know that I continue to support the president. I've never gone to a convention when I’ve had a contested race because frankly they're just one big party.
Meanwhile, McCaskill takes a dim view of a ballot initiative in Missouri this November. The ballot proposal supported by Republican Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder forbids the health care exchanges set up under health care reform, Obamacare, unless the GOP controlled Missouri legislature Okays them first, which they won't.
I'm not sure it's legally binding. But frankly it's incredibly hypocritical.
If it passes, as it looks like it's going to, do you see it being challenged as something the state is not legally able to do? Well, I think what probably will happen is if the exchange is not set up in Missouri, then Missourians, unlike other states around us, are going to have to shop on a federal exchange.
McCaskill says she'll support the health reform law on the campaign trail.