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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- FOX 2's Charles Jaco had an interview booked with Senator Claire McCaskill for this weekend's Jaco Report. The senator has cancelled that interview pleading a schedule conflict.

Meanwhile, McCaskill is campaigning in the St. Louis area.

On that interview we hope to re-schedule it with the senator soon.  Meanwhile, one thing is obvious; McCaskill really, really wants Congressman Todd Akin to stay in the race.

McCaskill campaigned at VFW posts in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Her reaction to GOP heavyweights trying to force Todd Akin to quit because of his abortion and rape comments on the Jaco report:

“Missourians who voted in the republican primary have nominated Todd Akin, and I think this election will provide a very stark contrast,” she said.

And what about republican big-wigs telling Akin he won't get any GOP money?

“The voters of Missouri have selected Todd Akin as the candidate,” she answered.

Ok then. What would you do in his position?

“The Missouri voters have selected Todd Akin as their nominee,” she answered.

You get the picture. Senator McCaskill wants Congressman Akin as an opponent. She says she intends to paint Akin as an extremist, not just on abortion.

“I think doing away with school lunches, abolishing student loans, doing away with pell grants, doing away with student loans that are backed by the federal government, privatizing social security, privatizing Medicare, and I’m just getting warmed up,” McCaskill stated.

But even if Akin stays in the race, McCaskill still faces GOP criticism for being a close ally of President Obama's in a state where the most recent polls show Mitt Romney trouncing the president by ten points. And on abortion the issue that tripped up Akin, the pro-choice McCaskill ducked.

“I'm not going to characterize in what order these issues are, but I know there's a lot of issues we need to talk about and today I don’t want to be disrespectful to the veterans and the issues we're talking about today,” she said.

But the one thing that is clear, McCaskill does not want Akin to drop out.

The latest poll in the race taken Monday shows Akin up by one point.

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