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McCaskill opens fire with 'legitimate rape' ad

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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill was ready and waiting as the deadline passed Tuesday for her Republican opponent, Rep. Todd Akin, to drop out of the race.

And then she dropped the “legitimate rape” bomb.

Late Tuesday, the first-term Democrat released her first television ad that mentions the controversial remarks Mr. Akin made last month about rape, where he claimed that victims of “legitimate rape” are unlikely to become pregnant.

The ad quotes remarks Mr. Akin has made about several top issues, including Social Security, Medicare, the minimum wage and student loans.

It concludes: “…and on August 19 Todd Akin said only some rapes are legitimate. What will he say next?”

Mrs. McCaskill initially blasted her GOP rival for the rape comments, but quickly backed away as it attracted widespread Republican denunciations and threatened to drive him out of the race. To her, that would have been an undesirable outcome, since she has viewed Mr. Akin as an easier candidate to run against.

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