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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - It seems as though Sen. Claire McCaskill is willing to accept Rep. Todd Akin's apology for his comments regarding rape and abortion.

She answered reporters’ questions during a listening tour stop at a VFW hall in Festus where she met with a group of veterans.

"I take him at his word that he realized what he said was wrong," said McCaskill.

On Sunday she issued a statement blasting Akin's comments.  After Akin's apology on Monday, McCaskill seemed more focused on shining the light on any republicans encouraging Akin to withdraw.

"I want Missourians to make a choice in this election based on policy, not backroom politics," said McCaskill.

The democratic senator even said she had sympathy for Akin.

"I honestly do have sympathy for him," said McCaskill.  "I think there are some big people in the party that are trying to pull the rug out from underneath Missouri voters."

McCaskill refused to say if the controversy would give her an advantage.  Some early polling in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri showed Akin with a slight lead.

"I'm very comfortable in the role as underdog and I don't think anything has changed," said McCaskill.

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