Todd Akin does not understand that Missourians value moderation, not extremism.
He has attacked the core component of the American Dream when he said that federally backed student loans were equivalent to "stage three cancer." For many of Missouri's students, higher education is the gateway to a better future.
Missourians understand that without Pell Grants and federally backed student loans, the banks will decide who goes to college, meaning that the unfortunate will not have the opportunity to receive the higher education our country needs.
We need elected officials who will work to find more programs that protect and improve the access middle- and low-income students have to education. Extremists working to remove the sensible programs Missourians love have no place in representing Missouri.
Kartik Sreepada is a graduate student at MU. Questions? Contact Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner.