Missouri Senate candidates' positions on the economy

Missouri Senate candidates' positions on the economy

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This photo combo shows U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., left, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. For most of a century, Missouri has been the nation's bellwether. Every four years, a majority of voters in the state in the center of the country _ a near perfect mirror of its demographics, geography, economics and politics _ predictably cast their ballots for the candidates the nation as a whole chooses to win the White House. Should Akin, who offended millions of Americans with insensitive remarks about rape and pregnancy, rebound this November to defeat McCaskill, Missouri will probably need to turn in its bell for good. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings, Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on September 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The economy has been a predominant theme of the 2012 campaigns. And Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates have some different views about how to improve it.

For example, they contrast on tax policy. Republican Rep. Todd Akin would like to renew all of the income tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill wants to extend them only for families earning less than $250,000 annually.

McCaskill says the 2009 stimulus act was critical to stopping an economic free-fall. Akin says it failed.

McCaskill says she supports raising both the federal minimum wage and Missouri's lowest-in-the-nation tobacco tax. Akin opposes increasing either one.

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