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  Akin announces run for U.S. Senate[...]
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Last EditedJ.R.  May 17, 2011 05:28pm
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News DateTuesday, May 17, 2011 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionU.S. Rep. Todd Akin declared his intention this morning to run for the U.S. Senate in 2012, and portrayed his hoped-for contest with Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskillas a debate over "a choice of two futures."
Akin, R-Town and Country, cited his record as a strong fiscal and social conservative. His first TV spot, aired at today's news conference, called for "liberty and prosperity." Presuming he wins the primary, Akin said he expected his Senate contest with McCaskill would cost between $15 million and $20 million.

Akin declined to answer any qustions about his rival in the primary, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman. He said that he preferred to keep the focus on McCaskill. Akin said his record was "a literal exact opposite of McCaskill's."
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