McCaskill Writing a Book on 2012 Race with Akin



Sen. Claire McCaskill is penning a book about her successful reelection campaign against Rep. Todd Akin, she said Wednesday on a local radio show.
“I’m going to tell the whole story,” the Missouri Democrat said on the “Allman In The Morning Show” on St. Louis’ KFTK. “People are telling me not to do it, but it was just so interesting and I think people need to understand that some of the extreme elements in this country, on both ends of the spectrum, are not politically viable if you do it right.”
She didn’t give many details about her new tome. McCaskill’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for more details about the book.
McCaskill, who defeated Akin after the latter’s comments about “legitimate rape” and abortion caused a national firestorm, said the experiences show candidates like Akin can’t win in a general election.
“You wouldn’t believe some of the other things that he had said that we had in the can,” she said. “He had said a number of things that disqualified him with independent voters in Missouri. Now, obviously, when he said that, it made it much easier for all the other things he said to be believable.”
She also admitted she feared one potential GOP candidate, businessman John Brunner. McCaskill’s campaign spent money during the primary process to boost Akin’s run.
“The only thing that was scary about John Brunner was that he had an unlimited checkbook,” she said. “And that’s always a little scary.”

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