The 10 Weirdest Things Todd Akin Has Ever Said
Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin is known for some wacky antics. In the 1980s, Akin was arrested at least three times at anti-abortion protests, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently reported.
And Akin also reportedly has ties to “one of the most radical anti-abortion activists of the 1990s” and a right-wing militia in Missouri, according to Salon. Akin has ties with Tim Dreste, formerly of the 1st Missouri Volunteers militia, and who is also “one of the most infamous anti-abortion activists in the state, known for threatening abortion doctors,” according to the Salon report.
But while Akin’s antics are bad, his rhetoric is even worse. The most infamous of Akin’s comments came during the summer. During a televised interview, Akin responded to a question about abortion by saying, “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.’
So as the Missouri Senate race heats up in the closing days, here are the 10 craziest things Akin has said.
1. Federal Student Loans Like Cancer
At a GOP debate in April, Akin railed against the federal government helping students obtain an affordable education. The Columbia Tribune reports that at the debate, the candidates were asked about the federal student loan interest rate. “America has got the equivalent of the stage three cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in,” said Akin.
2. ‘Like a Dog’
An October 20 fundraising event with evangelical TV star Mike Huckabee sparked controversy after Akin compared McCaskill to a dog. ”She goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, ‘fetch,” said Akin, the website PoliticMO.com reported . ‘She goes to Washington, D.C., and get all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri.’