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In Mo. Attorney General Race, Candidates Even Disagree On The Role Of The Office

Oct 23, 2012
(via Koster and Martin campaign ads) / St. Louis Public Radio

In the race for Missouri Attorney General, the two front runners, Democratic incumbent Chris Koster and Republican Ed Martin, agree on few issues. In fact, the two have very different visions of what the Attorney General’s office actually does.

In campaign ads, Koster holds a shotgun to show he’s tough on crime. And in interviews, Koster often refers to the office as “Missouri’s top law enforcement job.”

Akin In The Doghouse For Comments About McCaskill

Oct 22, 2012
Courtesy of House of Representatives

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is defending his statement comparing his opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, to a dog.

Over the weekend, Akin garnered national ire for saying McCaskill is like a dog that fetches taxes and regulations from D.C. and brings them back to Missouri.

On the St. Louis Public Radio Program “St. Louis on the Air” Monday, Akin said that any attention to those statements is just a distraction.

Illinois 12th Congressional Race Too Close To Call

Oct 22, 2012
Credit Courtesy Enyart/Plummer campaigns / St. Louis Public Radio

The race to replace Congressman Jerry Costello is too close to call.

Democrat William Enyart and Republican Jason Plummer are neck-in-neck as they battle it out over the district that encompasses St. Louis’ Metro East area and much of southern Illinois.

David Yepsen is the director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. He says the race is significant on a national level.

Obama And Romney Both Strong In Second Debate

Oct 19, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Barack Obama Campaign / Mitt Romney Campaign

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney both put in strong performances in the second Presidential debate, according to Southeast Missouri State University political science professor and debate coach Larry Underberg. But in the final analysis, he says Obama won the debate.

There were two important issues that Obama won - fair pay for women and Libya.

Underberg think Obama did not fully capitalize on the fair pay for women question, but Romney tripped on his “binders full of women” comment.

Claire McCaskill And Todd Akin Square Off In Debate

Oct 19, 2012
Congressman Todd Akin and Senator Claire McCaskill debate at Clayton High School on October 18, 2012.
Screencapture / KSDK5

Incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin squared off in their final debate of the campaign last night. Those hoping for a slugfest were probably disappointed. 

The two candidates stuck to their typical talking points and Akin's legitimate rape comments largely went ignored.

In front of hundreds of potential voters at Clayton High School, the two candidates didn't cover much new ground.

In fact, they mostly stuck to the talking points they've used on the campaign trail. McCaskill portrayed herself as a moderate.