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December 23, 2014

Missouri: Todd Akin Questioned About Hypothetical Rape of His Own Daughter

Missouri: Todd Akin Questioned About Hypothetical Rape of His Own Daughter

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Rep. Todd Akin (R) continues to be dogged by his views on abortion rights in his challenge of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), a problem that continued Monday when he was asked what he would do if his daughter was impregnated in the course of being raped.

In a Monday meeting with the editorial board of the Springfield News-Leader, Akin was asked about his position on the “morning-after” pill if his own daughter became pregnant as a result of a rape. The question was reminiscent of when Bernard Shaw asked the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis if he would support the death penalty for the rape and murder of his own wife.

“Look, I’ve answered this question repeatedly,” Akin told the newspaper. “I’m not going to go plowing over ground that I’ve already done for a number of weeks. I’ve been all over the different answers to that question.”

That question came after McCaskill’s campaign launched a statewide TV ad over the weekend about Akin’s position on emergency contraception.

Meanwhile, Akin’s damaged Senate bid remains cash-poor against a very well-funded incumbent who was considered the most vulnerable Democratic Senator of the election cycle until the Congressman’s campaign imploded in August when he discussed his views on “legitimate rape” and pregnancy.

A Democratic source pointed to Akin’s recent ad buys, saying they totaled about $78,000 since Sept. 29, with $56,000 in the most recent purchase. A source close to Akin said his campaign has been spending money as it is received.

Akin touted reaching $1 million in online donations through a post Monday on Twitter, but the campaign has yet to release third-quarter fundraising totals. While those numbers are not due until Oct. 15, McCaskill was quick to announce raising $5.8 million in the third quarter soon after the numbers were tabulated.

Lacking national establishment support, Akin has been reliant on outside groups of conservatives to support his campaign. He picked up the National Rifle Association endorsement Sunday, with NRA Chairman Chris Cox criticizing McCaskill’s record.

“The right to keep and bear arms is something that I am deeply committed to, while my opponent has consistently opposed gun rights,” Akin said. “Most Missourians believe in the Second Amendment and will be surprised to learn of Claire McCaskill’s anti-gun record.”

Roll Call rates the race Leans Democratic.

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