Akin Tells Columbia Republicans Why He's Still in the Race

6 years 6 months 1 week ago Friday, September 07 2012 Sep 7, 2012 Friday, September 07, 2012 1:26:00 PM CDT September 07, 2012 in Smart Decision
By: Stacey Kafka

COLUMBIA - Congressman Todd Akin made a campaign stop in Columbia Friday to ask Republicans to back him in the race to take down incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. 

Akin told supporters the main reason he did not step out of the senate race was because he is not going to get pushed out for what he believes in.  Akin supporters cheered and clapped for Akin as he addressed the full room at Jack's Gourmet on Business Loop 70 in Columbia.

Akin also told local Republicans that he wants to take down McCaskill because she constantly backs President Barack Obama, even though she claims to be a moderate.

At the luncheon, Akin said some of the hot topic issues coming out of Congress in the past few years could have turned out much worse, and he said from his experience on the budget committee that the economy could get much worse if some major changes are not made.

Akin was in the hot seat in August after making controversial comments about rape and pregnancy. 

More recently, Missouri television stations dropped Akin's ads after not receiving payment for schedules that had been booked.  Akin's camp made payment early Friday, and the ads have resumed.

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