Todd Akin

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    July 23, 2014

    6 Things We Learned About Todd Akin From His Two-Hour KMOX Interview

    Say what you will about Todd Akin, but the man is not a quitter. Infamous for wrecking his Senate campaign in 2012 -- when his brain failed to shut down that whole thing his mouth was saying about rape -- Missouri's prodigal son came out swinging this month with a national book tour to promote Fir ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    Todd Akin Returns, Takes Back Apology, Uses the Word "Legitimate" A Lot

    After eighteen months of sitting in the corner like a pouting toddler, former Missouri Representative Todd Akin thinks he's paid his dues for telling rape victims their wombs magically divine the difference between "legitimate rape" sperm from dirty, out-of-wedlock sex sperm. Sick of feeling like a ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Comparisons to Missouri's Todd Akin are the Ultimate Insult in Mississippi Senate Race

    Want to really insult a Republican politician in Mississippi? Tell him he sounds like former Missouri Representative Todd Akin. A super-PAC supporting Senator Thad Cochran's reelection bid in Mississippi launched a new mailer comparing challenger and state Senator Chris McDaniel's comments about bo ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Todd Akin's "Legitimate Rape" Quote Has Inspired a Pinball Game In France (PHOTOS)

    Todd Akin may someday hope to make a comeback, but in the meantime, his infamous "legitimate rape" remark is the gift that keeps on giving. That is, the failed Senate candidate from Missouri continues to inspire some legitimate art. First, we had the Akin-themed Law & Order SVU episode. And now, lad ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Todd Akin Talks "Bright New Future," KSDK Asks If He's "The New Comeback Kid" (VIDEO)

    "Could Todd Akin be the new comeback kid?" KSDK (Channel 5) seems to answer its own (pretty ridiculous) question with its much hyped, underwhelming interview with the former Missouri congressman who destroyed his Senate campaign by saying, "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Todd Akin Comeback? Failed "Legitimate Rape" Candidate Talks GOP Future in KSDK Exclusive

    They shout his name at the Missouri State Capitol when lawmakers propose anti-abortion bills. He was the inspiration for an entire episode of Law & Order SVU this season. And now, ladies and gentlemen, Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin, the failed Senate candidate who got national attention for his cont ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Video: Todd Akin's "Legitimate Rape" Remark Makes "Law & Order: SVU" Plotline

    This summer will mark a full year since former Representative Todd Akin detonated the "legitimate rape" remark on his own campaign and became a legitimate laughing stock. The phrase took on a life of its own after that, so much so that now -- eight months later -- Detective Olivia Benson herself wi ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Six Employment Options for Todd Akin

    Yesterday the 113th U.S. Congress convened, and Todd Akin was officially out of a job. Ann Wagner now occupies the seat he abandoned in his ill-fated bid for the Senate. There have been rumors that Akin is planning to use his free time to write a book. The subject of said book is up in the air -- b ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Akin $270K in Debt from Failed Senate Bid

    The Federal Election Commission released its post-general election report yesterday. All the giddy spending of election season has settled into the cold, harsh reality of paying for it all. Especially if you lost. It's as though post-Christmas gloom has come three weeks early! The news is especial ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Scenes From the Todd Akin Campaign Watch Party

    In retrospect, the outcome of the evening should have been clear around 8:40, just after FOX2 News (KTVI) announced that Claire McCaskill had a commanding sixteen percent lead over Todd Akin with four percent of precincts reporting. Read more about Todd Akin on Daily RFT: The "legitimate rape" co ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012

    Akin Praised, Reviewed Unit of Militia Group He Recently Claimed He Had Nothing to Do With

    Updated with response from Akin's spokesperson Rick Tyler. In 1995, a month before the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, Todd Akin sent a local militia group what he later called "a courtesy letter." The now-defunct group, the 1st Missouri Volunteers militia, had invited Akin to spea ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    The Republicans' Response To Betty Anne McCaskill's Death

    A rare individual who happens to subscribe to both the Akin and McCaskill e-mail lists and who also happens to be a friend of Riverfront Times sent us this screenshot of her in-box today:

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    October 24, 2012

    Todd Akin Finds His Own "Reverend Wright" In Radical Militia Leader

    This week isn't the first time Todd Akin has had to answer questions about his relationship with Tim Dreste, one of the country's most infamous anti-abortion activists of the 1990s. But with election day just two weeks away, a national media that's always achin' for some Akin, and news that Akin was ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Todd Akin's Greatest Hits -- Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You!

    Forget Mitt Romney's "binders full of women." The joke will be totally passe by next week. But Todd Akin -- now that is a gift to Democrats that keeps on giving. From his explanation of "legitimate rape" to his complaint that his opponent Claire McCaskill was not sufficiently "ladylike" during their ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Akin: Evolution is "Not Even A Matter of Science"

    Todd Akin, Missouri's Republican Senate candidate, trained engineer, member of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space and Technology and self-appointed expert on female reproductive issues has taken upon himself another role: Challenger of the dubious theory of evolution! At ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    McCaskill Hammers Akin With Ads Featuring Rape Survivors

    Senator Clair McCaskill's campaign today launched three television spots aimed at drawing attention to Republican candidate Todd Akin's extreme pro-life views and his "legitimate rape" comment from earlier this year. The commercials all feature sexual assault survivors, including one woman who says ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    17 Missouri Women Who Could Kick Todd Akin's Ass

    Or, Why You Shouldn't Be Ashamed to Be a Female Voter in Missouri It's become pretty clear over the past few weeks that Todd Akin hates women. Oh, he hasn't said that in so many words -- which is actually pretty surprising since he doesn't seem to care much about the possibility of offending his fe ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    Embattled Gentleman Seeking "Lady-Like" Supporters for Senate Race

    Todd Akin just can't stop saying stupid things about women. Last week, after a tense debate with Senator Claire McCaskill, Akin told reporters that his Democratic opponent has not been as "lady-like" as she was in her 2006 re-election bid. Critics claim Akin's words are just further evidence of his ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    Someone Still Loves You, Todd Akin

    You'd think that after "legitimate rape" and "unladylike" (and the fact that the two terms have become so infamous, we don't even have to explain them), plus the new thing about how companies should be "free" to pay women less than men for equal work (watch for "freedom" to join the Akin buzzword li ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    [VIDEO] McCaskill Ad Finally Hits Akin for "Legitimate Rape" Comment

    Now that Congressman Todd Akin has let the final dropout deadline pass, he's definitely in it to win it -- and his opponent, incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill, clearly no longer fears mentioning his "legitimate rape" gaffe for fear he'll bow out and cede to a more formidable GOP contender. Hence he ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    A Brief History of the Universe According to Representative Todd Akin

    Daily RFT was tickled by New Yorker's recent timeline of "A Conservative History of the United States". St. Louis' own Phyllis Schlafly got a thoughtful shout-out for bashing airing her concerns about high-efficiency light bulbs: 2011: Fluorescent bulbs cause epilepsy: "...broken C.F.L. bulbs alle ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    [VIDEO] The Raging Grannies to Todd Akin: "F**K YOU!"

    Look, everybody knows things are really bad for senatorial candidate Todd Akin right now: One little "legitimate rape" comment  and the guy's a  a national punchline, a target of violent threats, down in the polls and practically friendless in his own GOP. But now he's got these people mad ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Top 5 Anti-Akin T-Shirts (and Their Uses)

    #5. For those hoping to ruin/confuse a first date:

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    August 22, 2012

    Todd Akin's Science, Explained

    News of Todd Akin's idiocy has spread worldwide, which is kind of good because it means there's a larger pool of people who can inform us where his scientific opinions about rape and conception came from. The Guardian of London went deep into the law books and dug up this gem of jurisprudence: If, ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    UPDATE: Todd Akin Issues Video Apology for "Using the Wrong Words in the Wrong Way"

    Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin has issued a formal video apology for his recent comments on rape and abortion -- it's so formal in fact that it lacks any of the sensitive music beloved of politicians when they make ads about hot-button issues.In the 30-second spot, Akin reminds us he's the father o ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Dave Catanese, Politico Reporter, Yanked from Todd Akin Coverage

    Related content: National GOP, Crossroads Abort Akin: Pregnancy Comment Causes Pullout Todd Akin Has the Inside Scoop: Women Can't Get Pregnant from 'Legitimate Rape' [UPDATE from Akin Campaign] Dave Catanese, a Politico writer and former local political junkie, really stepped in it as the Todd ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Legitimate Todd Akin Memes Hit Tumblr

    It seems to us first of all, from talking to doctors, it's a legitimate dumb-ass comment Todd Akin does not have ways to shut that down. The HuffPo headlines were starting to run dry, so it was only a matter of time before the Todd Akin #legitimaterape fiasco became a meme. The Tumblr comm ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Lefty Pollsters Put Akin Ahead... At Least Until 5pm Today

    A new poll suggests Todd Akin might still have a legitimate chance at Claire McCaskill's Senate seat. Public Policy Polling claims that currently Akin leads McCaskill by 1 point, 44-43 among Missouri voters. "That's basically identical to our last poll of the contest in late May, which found Akin a ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Romney Calls on Akin to Drop Senate Bid, Akin Tells Romney to Mind His Own Damn Business

    The Washington Post reports that Mitt Romney has joined the overwhelming chorus of Republicans calling on Todd Akin to drop out of the Senate race today. The Romney campaign reportedly released a statement from the presidential candidate: As I said yesterday, Todd Akin's comments were offensive a ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Akin Announces His Comeback Theme Song

    With half an hour to go before he can drop his Senate bid, Todd Akin seems as determined as ever to stay in the race. At Daily RFT we found the perfect comeback theme song for the man who thinks he is too legit to quit:

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    August 21, 2012

    Akin's Latest "Gaffes" Alienate Grammar Nazis

    Todd Akin is having a rough day. It doesn't help that his staff made a dumb typo on his donations page, as the entire world accuses him of being a legitimate idiot for his now infamous disregard of basic book learnin'. "Tell McCaskill that Your Standing With Todd Akin!" reads the banner ac ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    National GOP, Crossroads Abort Akin; Pregnancy Comment Caused Pull Out

    The fallout continues for Congressman Todd Akin. Today the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced it was canceling $5 million in television spending it planned to purchase to help him defeat incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Meanwhile, the right-wing PAC, Crossroads, also a ... More >>

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    August 19, 2012

    Todd Akin Has the Inside Scoop: Women Can't Get Pregnant from 'Legitimate Rape' [UPDATE from Akin Campaign]

    Update: Akin says he misspoke. Read on for full statement from Akin campaign. Today in Crazy Shit Todd Akin Says... Some real crazy shit. Over the weekend, the Republican who hopes to unseat Senator Claire McCaskill told Fox News 2's Charles Jaco that exceptions for abortion aren't a real issue, ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Todd Akin: Ban Morning-After Pill "Totally For Everyone"

    Updated with statement from Planned Parenthood representatives. The media has gone nuts this week over Congressman Todd Akin's far-right positions, as he prepares to take on Senator Claire McCaskill in November. Buzzfeed says he supported a right-wing militia in the 1990's. The Hill notes that he v ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Primary Results: Akin to Face McCaskill, Clay Trounces Carnahan, Jones Wins City Treasurer

    Yesterday's Missouri primary resulted in a few surprises. The biggest, perhaps, was Congressman Lacy Clay's stunning victory over Congressman Russ Carnahan for Missouri's First Congressional District that includes all of St. Louis and much of the county. Clay garnered 63.2 percent of the vote to Car ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Akin, Steelman Debate to Stream Live on Facebook This Morning

    ​This is kind of cool -- not because of the debate but because of the technology behind it. Today at 9 a.m. Republican senatorial candidates Todd Akin and Sarah Steelman will face off in a debate at the Missouri Athletic Club West to be broadcast simultaneously over both the radio waves and Facebo ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Steelman For Payroll Tax Cut, Akin Against Payroll Tax Cut, Brunner... Against?

    ​A few days ago, the Springfield News-Leader published a Q&A with the three candidates in Missouri's GOP Senate primary race. It's still early in the race and Sarah Steelman, Rep. Todd Akin and John Brunner have all positioned themselves as rock solid conservative candidates. As such, it's a ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Did Todd Akin Trick People Into Thinking Paul Ryan Endorsed Him?

    Rep. Ryan supports Rep. Akin's (above) "principled approach to fiscal responsibility" but hasn't officially endorsed him.​There was a bit of confusion late last week over whether U.S. Congressman/GOP Golden Boy Paul Ryan officially endorsed Congressman Todd Akin in his campaign to unseat Senator C ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Todd Akin: Doubts Climate Change, Constitutionality of Medicare

    Akin touts his Tea Party credentials.​Congressman Todd Akin showed off his conservative bona fides Saturday in a meeting with Tea Party activists in Fulton. Akin, who's hoping to win the Republican primary for Senate, told the group that global warming is "highly suspect" and that he's proud of hi ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Missouri Senate Race Narratives Emerge from Debt Ceiling Debate

    Getcha popcorn ready: campaign season is heating up.​The narratives for one of the most high-profile senate races in America have begun to form. With the public's eyes on Capitol Hill for last couple of weeks, the major players -- Senator Claire McCaskill, Congressman Todd Akin, and former Sta ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Letter: Clergy Ask Congressman Akin to Repent, Change His Moral Priorities

    It looked sorta like this at Akin's St. Louis office yesterday. ​It ain't over yet, even after Tuesday's half-ass apology. Several local religious leaders are still incensed with Congressman Todd Akin's remarks last week equating "liberalism" to "a hatred of God." On Wednesday they stopped by the ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Attn: God-Hating Liberals, Todd Akin is Sorry to Have Offended You -- Sort Of

    Todd Akin: Sorry if I don't float your boat, godless liberals.​Four days after saying in a radio interview that "at the heart of Liberalism is a hatred of God," U.S. Congressman Todd Akin has offered up a half-hearted apology. Akin made the controversial statement during an interview broadcast Fri ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    No Wonder Congressman Todd Akin's Press Secretary is Paid So Well

    You'd want to be paid well, too, if you were spinning for this guy.​Steve Taylor, communication's director for Congressman Todd Akin (R - Wildwood) earns one of the highest salaries among the press secretaries representing Missouri's nine U.S. Representatives. In 2010, Taylor took home a handsome ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Todd Akin Barfs Up Rockwellian Metaphors in U.S. Senate Campaign Video

    Warning: The following video should be viewed in immediate vicinity of a toilet or lined trash receptacle. ​If you haven't heard, Missouri Congressman Todd Akin announced today that he's running for Senate. In so doing, Akin released the following video, which is so chock-full of Norman-Rockwell-l ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Congressman Todd Akin Skipping League of Women Voters' Debate

    Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson of Cape Girardeau debated her Democratic challenger, Tommy Sowers, last night. And Charlie Dooley, the St. Louis County Executive, is debating his challenger, Republican Bill Corrigan, Thursday.Todd Akin gives the League of Women Voters the runaround.​But Congressman To ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Congressman Attacks Proposed BODIES Exhibit at Galleria; Are Cadavers Executed Chinese?​Missouri Congressman Todd Akin fired off a letter to the owners of the Galleria this week condemning the St. Louis shopping mall for its recent announcement that it will host an exhibit of plasticized human bodies in October. In the letter (embedded below), Akin questio ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009

    Todd Akin's Thanksgiving Letter, a.k.a. More on Pilgrims and Socialism

    Yesterday Daily RFT posted a YouTube clip of U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis County) explaining to his fellow congressmen the story of Thanksgiving and how the pilgrims defeated socialism.​Today we bring you Akin's Thanksgiving Day letter to contributors and constituents with more o ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Remember How the Pilgrim's Rejected Socialism? Rep. Todd Akin Sure Does!

    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Don't know anything about this holiday? Dont' worry! Congressman Todd Akin (R-St.Louis County) has been studying the origins of Thanksgiving and it's "unbiblical" cousin, socialism, and can explain it all -- as he did last week in Washington D.C. Note: Most YouTube videos l ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Rep. Todd Akin: I Pledge Allegiance...Under God...What Was the Next Word?

    Oops. Missouri congressman Todd Akin made a boo-boo Thursday at a Washington, D.C., kick-off to yet another tea party. (Unreal thought those ended like two months ago, but whatever.)As Akin says, he was trying to tick off the liberals by leading the crowd in a resounding Pledge of Allegiance. You kn ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Missouri Rep. Todd Akin Doesn't Know the Pledge of Allegiance

    Akin​We kid, of course. But Todd Akin, the U.S. Representative from Missouri's 2nd Congressional District (Town and Country), forgot the word "indivisible" from the Pledge of Allegiance today while reciting the oath along with anti-health care reform advocates in Washington.Perhaps Akin made such ... More >>

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