It was August 7, 2012, and I was standing in my hotel room in Kansas City about to shotgun a beer for the first time in my life. I had just made the biggest gamble of my political career—a $1.7 million gamble—and it had paid off. Running for reelection to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat from Missouri, I had successfully manipulated the Republican primary so that in the general election I would face the candidate I was most likely to beat. And this is how I had promised my daughters we would celebrate.
Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin was arrested on four more occasions in the 1980s for trespassing at medical clinics than previously disclosed, according to incident reports obtained by The Huffington Post. These arrests are in addition to the four others that Akin has already acknowledged.
Even after the national GOP establishment abandoned him for his “legitimate rape” remark, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin continued to receive financial support from state and local Republican committees and at least one GOP senator.
President Barack Obama used an unscheduled visit to the White House briefing room to blast Missouri GOP Senate nominee Rep. Todd Akin’s comments on abortion and to launch a new attack on Mitt Romney’s refusal to release his tax returns.
In an effort to explain his stance on abortion, Representative Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, provoked ire across the political spectrum on Sunday by saying that in instances of what he called “legitimate rape,” women’s bodies somehow blocked an unwanted pregnancy.