Politics
6:26 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Sen. McCaskill: Rep. Akin will eliminate student loans

Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke on the University of Missouri Columbia campus Tuesday to kick off her “On Our Campus, On Our Side” tour.

The Democratic incumbent told students it’s important to keep Pell Grants and federal student loans available to sustain education. McCaskill says her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin,  wants to eliminate student loans and that would hurt the middle class.

“He thinks the only people going to college should be those who can afford to pay for it out of their pocket, or those whose parents have enough money that they can help them get credit--to borrow money from a private institution,” McCaskill told reporters.

The senator urged students to vote saying the race is close despite Akin’s recent controversial remarks about “legitimate rape."