Rep. Todd Akin is running against liberal Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) who voted with Barack Obama 90% of the time including votes on Obamacare and the failed trillion dollar stimulus.
Earlier today Rep. Akin went on television with local liberal Charles Jaco. Akin made a clumsy remark on abortion and rape. Later today Todd Akin put out a press release clarifying his remarks. He also attacked McCaskill, a Catholic, on her pro-abortion record.
“As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.
“I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action. I also recognize that there are those who, like my opponent, support abortion and I understand I may not have their support in this election.
“But I also believe that this election is about a wide-range of very important issues, starting with the economy and the type of country we will be leaving our children and grandchildren. We’ve had 42 straight months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion dollar deficits, and Democratic leaders in Washington who are focused on growing government, instead of jobs. That is my primary focus in this campaign and while there are those who want to distract from that, knowing they cannot defend the Democrats’ failed economic record of the last four years, that will continue to be my focus in the months ahead.”
Liberals are already attacking Todd Akin for today’s comments. Maybe it’s time for Missouri Republicans to make McCaskill’s pro-abortion record a campaign issue, too?