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Down ballot: Here's McCaskill's 'legitimate rape' ad

MASSACHUSETTS: It’s Brown vs. Warren, now on asbestos: “Elizabeth Warren stood beside asbestos union workers Tuesday and accused Senator Scott Brown of running a distraction campaign, hours after the senator said that she served as a ‘hired gun’ for two corporate clients,” the Boston Globe writes.

Which candidate, by the way, on the presidential campaign could have said this: “I’m not opposed to people making a living and representing businesses. But when you’re out there saying, by the way I’m representing the little guy and the middle class and in fact, we find out that’s not true, that’s an issue. That’s an issue of honesty and character.”

But that was Scott Brown talking about Elizabeth Warren.

MISSOURI: Here’s Claire McCaskill’s ad hitting Todd Akin for his “legitimate rape” comments and more, including Social Security, Medicare, abolishing the minimum wage, and eliminating student loans. “What will he say next?” an announcer asks.

WISCONSIN: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports on a video showing Tommy Thompson saying he wants to “do away” with Medicare. Here’s the headline: “Video: Thompson would ‘do away’ with Medicare; instead, wants to reform it.”

Here’s a chunk of what he said: “[W]ho better than me, who’s already finished one of the entitlement programs, to come up with programs to do away with Medicaid and Medicare? Let’s block-grant what the state has, and allow the states to determine what’s going to go into Medicaid. And Medicare, let’s wait until everybody that’s right now is under 55 reaches 55 … and give them a choice whether they want to purchase health insurance with a subsidy from the federal government, or stay on Medicare."

Here’s what his campaign said: “Medicare is quickly headed towards insolvency… In this video, Thompson was making the case for reforming Medicare so that we can protect it for current seniors and preserve it for future generations. That is evidenced by his comments at the end of the video where he says he wants people to have a choice to either stay on Medicare as it is or give people another option. Thompson is a proven reformer.”