JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sen. Claire McCaskill is stressing her support for federal legislation providing crop subsidies to farmers while her challenger, Congressman Todd Akin, is expressing concern about food stamp spending contained in the same bill.
The Democratic incumbent and her Republican challenger spoke Friday to members of the political action committee for the Missouri Farm Bureau. It was their first chance to greet one another since Akin won Missouri's GOP primary Tuesday.
McCaskill told farmers she had done a good job of representing their interests. She highlighted her support for the farm bill, her fight to keep rural post offices open and her opposition to various proposed environmental regulations.
Akin also criticized over-reaching regulations. He said he is comfortable with most farm subsidies but has opposed the legislation because of expansive food stamp spending.