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McCaskill Says She’s Not Shunning President to Win Votes in Missouri

Kevin Killeen
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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill

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ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Saying she’s “strong enough to tell the President to go fly a kite when I think he’s wrong,” Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she would welcome a Presidential visit to help her in the race against Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin.

Talking to reporters outside a business luncheon at the Regional Chamber and Growth Association, McCaskill was asked to explain her apparent distancing from President Obama the day after his speech at the Democratic National Convention, which she skipped.

“I’ve asked him to (campaign for her in Missouri), “McCaskill said, “They have made a decision so far in the campaign to focus on those states they won last time. But certainly I would welcome him here to campaign. Obviously, I did not go to the convention, but it wasn’t because I don’t support the President. It’s because I’ve never gone to a convention when I had a contested race.”

When asked if she’s told the president to “go fly a kite lately,” McCaskill said, “I haven’t told him lately, but I have on several occassions.”

Her visit here comes as the latest jobs report shows unemployment down fractionally, but still above 8 percent — and lackluster job growth of 97,000 jobs.

“I don’t think there’s any question that the overall economy is going to be a factor in this election,” she said, “but the question is do we want to go back to the same policies that created the problem in the first place?”

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U.S. Congressman Todd Akin speaks on the Charlie Brennan Show August 27, 2012. (KMOX/Patrick Hughes)

Earlier today, KMOX reported that Akin’s campaign may be facing cash flow problems, as his TV ads on KOMU in Columbia are being taken off the air for failure to pay his bill.

The station says it has confirmed that other stations from St. Louis to Kansas City have been put in the same position. This — after Akin made comments about rape and abortion causing major donors, Super PACS and even the Republican party to pull support.

“What is going on with Todd Akin’s TV budget remains to be seen,” McCaskill said, “I have a hard time thinking that Todd Akin is not going to be back up on the air soon. And I believe he will be because his campaign says he will be, and I believe him.”

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