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Someone Persuaded by McCaskill's Ad

August 8, 2012

Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign had a good day Tuesday: Rep. Todd Akin, their favored candidate, won the GOP primary. And Team McCaskill is likely patting itself on the back for the role they played in boosting Akin -- the campaign ran "negative" ads that actually appeared designed to boost Akin with the GOP primary electorate. "Missouri's true conservative is just too conservative," the ad's narrator concludes.

Here's a small bit of evidence that the ad campaign did, in fact, help propel Akin to victory: a letter to the editor published in the Springfield News-Leader last week from one indignant voter who wanted McCaskill to know her ad had backfired. From the letter:

A Sen. McCaskill "approved" ad ran focusing not on her own accomplishments and record, but on Congressman Todd Akin.

Cutting to the chase, after many separate conservative indictments, the ad closes with something along the lines of, "Todd Akin: Missouri's conservative candidate is too conservative."

Really, Senator? As our country faces out-of-control spending, an administration (and incumbent senator) that believes increasing government jobs spurs growth (Who do you think pays the salaries and benefits of those government jobs, Senator?), a moral decline, the blurring of the definition of traditional family and marriage, an anemic economy and job market, I think it's time for someone who may be too conservative.

Thank you, Sen. McCaskill for running that ad.

You have helped me determine that my vote needs to go to Akin.

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