Tuesday, October 30, 2012

McCaskill campaign: Todd Akin favors repeal of 17th Amendment

(From the Claire McCaskill campaign)

In a strange display of hypocrisy, Todd Akin told voters at a Republican Primary debate in June that he does not believe that they should have the freedom to directly elect him to the United States Senate. By supporting a repeal of the 17th amendment, Akin is calling for a return to times when party bosses selected our Senators, despite the fact he's spent the last two months campaigning against "party bosses." 

Akin: "I Would Support a Repeal of the 17th Amendment." During the Senate debate at Lindenwood University in June 2012, "One of the things that did distinguish me from some of my colleagues here was the fact that I would support a repeal of the 17th Amendment which then says senators are chosen at the state level." [Akin at Lindenwood University Debate, 6/11/12

"This position would be hypocritical for anyone who is asking Missouri voters to elect them to the Senate but it especially troubling coming from a politician who claims to be campaigning against the exact same party bosses who would be in charge of choosing our Senators," said Erik Dorey McCaskill spokesman. "If Todd Akin had his way, Missouri's voters would be cut out of the process and politicians would be accountable only to their party bosses. This may be appealing for an extreme politician like Todd Akin whose views only appeal to an extreme minority of voters, but Missourians deserve a Senator like Claire who fights for all Missourians—no matter their political leanings." 

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