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Akin Brings Up Rape, Abortion in Latest TV Ad

November 1, 2012

In Missouri's Senate race, Claire McCaskill is no longer the only one on the air with an ad focused on Todd Akin, rape, and abortion.

Akin's latest ad features a woman who supports the GOP congressman talking about being raped and getting an abortion -- a curious subject for Akin, who has been trying to move on from his August comments about "legitimate rape" rarely causing pregnancy, to actively bring up during the final week of the race.

The ad features two women, both of whom have vocally supported Akin earlier this fall. "I'm a woman who's had an abortion," says the first woman, Kelly Burrell, who has expressed regret about her abortion during the campaign. "I've been raped in my past. The reason that I'm voting for Todd and that I'm so proud of him is because he defends the unborn. He's a kind man, a compassionate man."

As we reported earlier, Akin and the state party are making a joint ad buy in the neighborhood of $700,000 for the closing days of the race -- possibly helped by NRSC cash. He's also getting help from Now Or Never PAC, originally formed to help his primary opponent Sarah Steelman.

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