JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, is coming to the aid of Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin with a new advertising campaign.
Paul's political action committee plans to begin running an ad Wednesday against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. The one-minute ad criticizes McCaskill's vote against a Paul amendment last month that would have blocked foreign aid to Egypt, Libya and Pakistan.
Akin was pressured by GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and other top Republicans to drop out after Akin's mid-August remark about women's bodies having ways of blocking pregnancy in "legitimate rape."
Akin, a Republican congressman from suburban St. Louis, also called for the United States to suspend aid to Egypt after a recent attack on the U.S. embassy.
McCaskill, a Democrat, said the United States should be mindful of the consequences of suspending foreign aid during an already tense situation in the Middle East. Her campaign said that just 10 senators voted for Paul's amendment.
Paul's committee is running similar ads against Democratic senators in several other states.