Sen. Claire McCaskill made a campaign stop Wednesday in Independence touting her work to reform wartime contracting.
Outside the Jackson County Truman Courthouse, the Missouri Democrat reminded her supporters that when she campaigned in 2006, she had pledged to fight wartime waste and abuse.
“I talked about that if the people of Missouri sent me to Washington, I would take an auditor’s eye and go after war contracting abuses that we all knew were rampant in Iraq,” she said. “Today, I come back six years later to say, ‘Promises kept,’ because we did exactly that.”
McCaskill was traveling with Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, who worked with her to establish the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. That commission, styled after Harry Truman’s World War II oversight committee, found that at least $60 billion was lost because of contracting abuses.
She said it’s just one area where she differs from her Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin.
“In 2003, when he had the opportunity to look at the role of Congress oversight in war contracting, he said, ‘No,’ and voted in a way that is not in the spirit of Harry Truman,” McCaskill said.
She said that she still expects a challenge from Akin in November, despite members of his party calling on him to step aside over comments about rape and pregnancy. He later said he misspoke and apologized.
“It will be a close and hard-fought race,” she said.
McCaskill said she has deep respect for Missouri voters. She said they and the Republican Party nominated Akin, and she believes it would be a radical idea for party leaders to say a candidate is no longer relevant.