Rep. Todd Akin makes campaign stops in southeast Missouri | News
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS)- Missouri Representative Todd Akin was making stops
in southeast Missouri Friday as he continues his bid for Claire McCaskill's
Rep. Akin made his first stop at the Gamma Lab Conference Center in Poplar
Bluff at 9 a.m.
This comes several weeks after the Butler County
Central Committee passed a resolution asking him to step aside and get off of
However, Rep. Akin's supporters came out to listen to their candidate.
The candidate said his admittedly inappropriate comments about legitimate rape dropped
him into a hurricane. It also caused him to lose ground against incumbent Sen.
Rep. Akin is six points behind Sen. McCaskill
according to the latest Rasmussen Poll.
However, Akin says he can, and will win the race. He pointed to his pro-life,
pro-gun record and Sen. McCaskill's support of "Obama Care."
As a member of the house Armed Services Committee, he said the U.S. needs to
take a strong stand against the embassy attacks in Libya.
"We should have been planning and we should have a consistent foreign
policy," said Rep. Akin. "There's
one thing that people, even if they're thugs and they hate us irrationally, there's
one thing they respect, is, that's strength. We didn't have any Marines at that
embassy. And the question is, were we prepared and had we've been consistent in
the statements and things we have said?"
Next, Rep. Akin will stop in Dexter at the Hickory Log restaurant at 11 a.m.
before stopping at the Sikeston Republican headquarters at 1:30 p.m.
Rep. Akin will appear at the Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau at 3:30 p.m.
Then, the candidate will make a stop at the SEMO District Fair at the GOP tent.
Rep. Akin returned to the campaign trail
after controversial statements he made regarding abortion rights for rape
victims, asserting that women's bodies could avert pregnancies in cases of
Akin has apologized for those statements and has
vowed to stay in the race.
Akin's campaign received a boost Tuesday after the
Missouri Farm Bureau reaffirmed its support for his candidacy.
Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign was endorsed this week by the International
Association of Firefighters and the Fraternal Order of Police.
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