Former Republican presidential hopefulled a rally for Missouri senate candidate, Todd Akin, after virtually all GOP shunned him for his ‘legitimate rape’ remark in August.
Todd Akin, who is battling against Democratic challenger,, got a double boost from former House speaker Newt Gingrich and a top political group that backed Akin’s rival during the GOP primaries. During the rally in Kansas City, Gingrich encouraged Romney supporters to vote for Akin as well.
"No single Senate race in the country will send a more powerful signal than the election of Todd Akin," Gingrich said at the rally, as he stressed on the importance of the Republican control of the chamber. But he noted that there was an equally strong point to be made within the GOP.
"There is no other race in the country that will send a bigger signal to the moneyed Republican establishment that it is votes that matter and citizens that matter," Gingrich said to a round of applause. "When people of a state make a choice, they deserve to be respected for their right to choose the candidate they want, not the candidate Washington dictates."
The Now or Never Political Action Committee that backed Akin’s rival in the GOP primaries also announced that it will be buying $800,000 of TV ads which will be specifically focused on campaigning for Akin.
Akin’s Democratic contender, McCaskill, was addressing a rally at the same time outside St. Louis County elementary school. Taking advantage of the school setting, she criticized Akin for backing the state-funded school lunch program, insisting that the federal government program is much better.
"This is a program that should not be a place that candidates for the United States Senate differ, but we do. And that should remind Missourians how extreme Todd Akin is," McCaskill said.
Akin, on the other hand, told the Kansas rally that it was not him but McCaskill who is out of touch with the people of Missouri since she supports Obama’s federal stimulus act and health care law. He also brought into the picture McCaskill’s husband, Joseph Shepard, saying that the millions of dollars received by low income housing firms affiliated with her family come from the taxes Missouri residents pay each year.
While several voters still disagree with Akin’s views, they believe supporting him will prevent McCaskill, who has ties with Obama, from winning.