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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Day after dropout deadline, Akin fighting on toward November

  • With the deadline for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Todd Akin to drop out of the race passed, the congressman showed a group of supporters in Rolla Wednesday that he is out to win.
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  • With the deadline for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Todd Akin to drop out of the race passed, the congressman showed a group of supporters in Rolla Wednesday that he is out to win.
    Akin, the U.S. representative for Missouri’s Second Congressional District, is trying to unseat Claire McCaskill in the U.S. Senate election this November.
    Akin launched a bus tour Tuesday and as part of the tour, he stopped at the Phelps County Republican headquarters late Wednesday afternoon and spoke with a crowd of about 60 people.
    Tuesday was the deadline for Akin to officially drop out of the race. Akin is now officially on the ballot, despite calls for him to end his bid after he made controversial comments about rape during an interview with a St. Louis TV station.
    “Certain people in the high level Republican party don’t like conservatives very much and they want me to back down,” Akin said. “When it’s all said and done, the people of our state chose someone to replace Claire McCaskill and in this case, it was me. It seemed to me that I had been given a trust by the people of this state to replace Claire McCaskill because she has been hurting our state and hurting our nation by the way she has voted.”
    Akin noted, however, the recent support he has received from Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and most recently conservatives Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint.
    During his talk in Rolla, Akin pointed out what separates him from his opponent in this election.
    “Claire McCaskill and (Barack) Obama voted the same 98 percent of the time,” he said, noting that while 71 percent of Missourians voted against Obamacare in the August primary, McCaskill voted for it.
    Akin said he voted against Obamacare 30 times, while he claimed that McCaskill was the deciding vote in favor of it in the Senate.
    “I will be in the Senate as a deciding vote to get rid of it permanently,” he said.
    He also noted his and McCaskill’s differences on gun rights, pointing out that the National Rifle Association gave the two candidates drastically different grades.
    “The NRA says Akin is an A because he defends the Second Amendment and McCaskill is an F because she is an enemy to the Second Amendment,” Akin said.
    He also noted that while he voted against the stimulus, McCaskill voted in favor of it.
    “The idea that you get out of trouble by spending a whole of money ... I don’t think any of you are dumb enough to do that with a family budget, but we have people dumb enough to do it with the federal budget,” Akin said.
    Akin also talked about his pro-life stance.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Let’s take all the politicians’ talk of abortion and put it aside, you’ll still see we’re a pro-life, life-defending country ... By our actions, we’re pro-life. Your sheriff, your police, your firemen, your doctors in this community ... they show us we have a respect for life.
    “So are we going to go down the Barack Obama and Claire McCaskill road anymore? I think people in this room are saying no way. I think we’re going to win this race,” Akin said, adding, “I don’t believe in polls that much. I’ll believe the poll in November.”
    He ended his speech by saying, “It’s not good enough to elect me. You’re going to have to get a whole lot of other people like me too. When we do, we can literally change the whole direction of this country.”
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