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Why Todd Akin is a Better Person Than Mitt Romney

Over the past few years I've written many posts here at SMP about Rep. Todd Akin, detailing his bizarre pronoucements and what I often assumed was his typical GOP mendacity. Akin's behavior during his current campaign for the Senate, however, has convinced me that he actually believes his own BS, or, in the few cases when he doesn't, he thinks he's serving a higher purpose. He's really just that dumb ...
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Akin's Ad Claiming McCaskill Got Rich on Stimulus Money Falls Flat on the Facts

Todd Akin is out with a fanciful new ad. In it he claims that, "federal stimulus spending 'made McCaskill rich.'" (Not to distract from the main point, but wasn't she rich before the stimulus?) Apropos the ad, Akin asserts:
... Claire McCaskill is on record for going through the stimulus line by line, and stated that the stimulus was solely for creating jobs and stimulating the economy, [...]. Now we know that McCaskill's family business received $1 million of taxpayer money from the stimulus bill that she voted for. I voted against this bill because I did not believe it would help the economy and because pork-barrel spending can neither stimulate the economy nor create jobs.
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Akin's Cantankerous Town Hall

Todd Akin spoke at locally organized open candidate forum in downtown Clinton, Missouri this evening. From his campaign it was advertised as one of the stops on his bus tour across the state.
It went as badly as you might imagine.
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GOP Slouching Back Towards Todd Akin

So what is new in Todd Akin's campaign for the Missouri Senate? Lots of sheepish Republican movers and shakers, that's what. An enthusiastic Newt Gingrich led the way, Jim DeMint followed, flourishing a check-book, and now Roy Blunt, rather obviously holding his nose, is back on board with Brother Todd:
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Akin's On The Ballot and McCaskill Unloads

Now that Todd Akin (R-Mo.) has passed the deadline for withdrawal from the Missouri Senate Race, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has released a new TV ad that mentions several of Akin's more controversial comments including the highly publicized comment that "legitimate rape" does not result in pregnancy. Some have speculated that Senator McCaskill's Campaign held back from highlighting Akin's rape comments in hopes of keeping him in the race after the Republican National Committee pulled their funding in the wake of negative national attention.
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Standing Up for McCaskill

It's time to point out some home truths about Claire McCaskill's voting record. Why, you ask, is this important? Anyone can check out her record online - anyone who's interested in the truth that is.
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Claire McCaskill on Todd Akin: 'His Ideas Are Not Pleasant For MO Families'

"While he is a pleasant and sincere man, his ideas are not pleasant for most Missouri families," says Claire McCaskill of her opponent Todd Akin. Filmed by Jerry Schmidt.
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Rep. Todd Akin: Pregnancies from 'Legitimate Rape' Rarely Happen

This weekend, an interviewer asked Rep. Akin why he would not support a woman's right to choose abortion in cases of rape. Akin's shocking response?
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."
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Meet the Candidate Who Wants to Ban Emergency Contraception

Meet anti-choice Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO). Rep. Akin recently won a tight Republican primary to challenge pro-choice Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri this November.
If you haven't heard of Rep. Akin before, you won't be able to forget him now. Days after his victory, he confirmed his extreme anti-contraception beliefs on a radio show.
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Medicaid Expansion Would Save Lives in Missouri

Until now, the Medicaid debate has been about budgets and states' rights. But a statistical study by Harvard researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine found a 6 percent drop in the adult death rate in Arizona, Maine and New York, three states that have recently expanded coverage for low-income residents along the general lines of the federal health care law.
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