CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR)-- Todd Akin, the man who proudly claims the mantle of most conservative congressman in Missouri, insists his views more closely mirror the state than those of incumbent U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. His speeches frequently accuse Democrat McCaskill of supporting "big government solutions" that "choke out freedom."
The Republican from St. Louis County is a six term veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives and a former Missouri state representative. He trained in ministry and as an engineer. He and his wife Lulli home schooled their six children. The foundation of Akin's political support comes from Evangelical Christians and home schoolers. But his call to reduce the size of government and stop borrowing against the future rings true for voters who may disagree with some of his social policy positions.
Akin's comment that a woman's body could prevent pregnancy in the case of a "legitimate rape" pushed the McCaskill-Akin race onto the national scene and prompted leading Republicans from Governor Mitt Romney to current Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt to call on Akin to step aside. The Missouri seat is considered critical to the GOP's effort to regain control of the U.S. Senate. But Akin refused to leave the race. He apologized for his comment and for offending anyone. Then he mounted a social media campaign to raise small contributions from around the nation that kept him on the campaign trail.