Jefferson City, Mo.-- In the aftermath of Todd Akin’s comparison of federal student loans to “stage III cancer,” comments that earned a rebuke from President Obama at a speech last week in Iowa, one lingering question is why Sarah Steelman and John Brunner haven’t seized the media spotlight in hopes of slowing Akin’s surge among Missouri\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Republican base. While Brunner and Steelman both agree with Akin that affordable students loans should once again be subject to profit margins at big banks, the silence from both Brunner and Steelman sends a clear signal that they agree with President Obama: Akin’s comments went too far.
“For the past year, the Missouri Senate primary has been a race to the right, with Sarah Steelman and John Brunner trying desperately to prove they\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'re just as conservative as Todd Akin,” said Caitlin Legacki, Missouri Democratic Party spokeswoman. “Steelman and Brunner have made it clear they agree with Akin on the policy, that they stand with big banks instead of Missouri\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s students when it comes to keeping student loans affordable. It’s particularly telling that both Steelman and Brunner have refused to echo Akin’s comments and pick their own fight with President Obama. Until they say otherwise, Steelman and Brunner seem to be telling Missouri primary voters that they’d rather stand with Obama than follow Akin.”