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Soul of America

While today’s hot question is whether Congressman Todd Akin will give up his bid to be Missouri’s next senator, the more significant questions are: (1) after his disquisition on “the female body,” why is he still leading Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill? And (2) how did he get the nomination anyway? Akin is no one-blunder wonder.

On Energy: “Energy regulations from the EPA and other agencies have stifled our industry.”

On Guns: “Certainly, some people commit crimes with weapons and I support the prosecution and conviction of these lawbreakers – this includes everyone from the street criminal to our Attorney General, Eric Holder.”

On Health Care (other than pregnancy, of course): “Health care decisions are intensely personal and touch every American.”

On Taxes (other than the very rich): “We need a system where more people would pay some taxes and, thus, have ‘skin in the game.’"

On National Defense: “Defending our country is a proud part of the Missouri tradition. . . . Missouri is ranked 5th in the nation in total defense contracts, with over $12 billion, . . . almost 160,000 jobs in Missouri are connected to defense, and over 16,000 active duty military personnel are garrisoned in our state.”

On Climate Change: “In Missouri when we go from winter to spring, that’s good climate change. I don’t want to stop that climate change, you know. Who in the world wants to put politicians in charge of the weather anyways?”

Despite Akin’s complete unfitness for office, McCaskill ran ads supporting him in the Republican primary – which he won with 36% of the vote – because she considered him the easiest challenger to beat. That is to say, she spent $2 million people had donated to her campaign to put this man in position to be a U. S. Senator. That is unconscionable.


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