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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

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See also: A Brief History of the Universe According to Representative Todd Akin

4. Todd Akin Believes Liberals Were the People Looting During 9/11

Following up his argument that fostering Christian morality in America is key to solving, well, all of our problems, Akin takes a detour into September 11. He praises a man who risked his own life to save others during the attacks, and then contrasts that hero with the people who were raised on the ethos of "getting something for nothing."

...He saved the lives of people in the Capitol building. At the same time, you have people who have lived their lives trying to get something for nothing, and they're the ones looting at the bottom of the tower. We don't respect them. They don't think in a way that's constructive for our society.

5. Todd Akin Doesn't Realize That Retracting His Apology Means He Kind of Lied to Us

Akin spent lots of airtime spinning a narrative that he was pressured by the Republican establishment to apologize for his "legitimate rape" snafu, including the release of a video titled "Forgiveness." But it turns out Akin never really meant it.

"We crafted an apology, not based on what I said but on what people were perceiving," he says, admitting that he allowed an election campaign trump his personal convictions.

But it's not just Missouri voters who Akin pandered/lied to. During a mega-hyped "exclusive interview" with KSDK (Channel 5) in 2013, Akin was asked if he still believed in his "legitimate rape" comments.

"No, no and I apologized for that," he responded to reporter Leisa Zigman at the time. We'll just assume he was crossing his fingers when he said that.

5. Todd Akin Still Wants to Help America

Let's get to the burning question: Is Todd Akin considering another run at public office?

"I never say never, but on the other hand I've had 24 years serving the people of the state of Missouri. I'm always looking to the next adventure life has. I've never done a book. I've done it with some completely honest motives of saying, 'Hey, there's some things that didn't go right.'"

But Akin says he may have already found his next adventure: To fight against the liberal-backed idea of a "war on women."

"Who else in the Republican party is going to deal with this ridiculous war on women thing, which the Democrats own and try to blame on Republicans.... I can talk about abortion policy, the current administration and how that every one of those things is anti-women. I feel like maybe I'm in a position to take a message that other people aren't."

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at [email protected]

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