Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) resurrected Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) infamous comparison of student loans to stage three cancer in a new ad released by her campaign on Tuesday.
The ad, titled “Stage 3,” features Missouri students reacting to Akin’s remark, made during a policy debate in April 2012, that “America has got the equivalent of the stage three cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in.”
Student loans “make all the difference to students like me,” says one student in the ad. “Missouri students deserve better,” another student says.
The commercial, which airs statewide, is part of McCaskill’s bid to paint Akin, McCaskill’s challenger for her Senate seat, as an extreme conservative. It comes just one day after the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee challenged Akin over his support for the privatization of Social Security and how that might impact seniors’ retirement plans.
Akin responded to the DSCC by issuing his own ad Tuesday morning, knocking McCaskill over her support for the president’s health care law.