Todd Akin speaking at his final Kansas City rally Saturday.
Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin says he now thinks his controversial remarks about “legitimate rape” may be working for him in the final days of the Missouri Senate campaign.
Akin says it has ‘stirred up a whole lot of very regular people who are not usually involved in politics as they are now.”
At his final Kansas City rally of the campaign, called ‘Show-Me Courage’, several speakers brought up the August 19 remark where Akin claimed women could biologically prevent becoming pregnant from “a legitimate rape”.
The controversy nearly collapsed his campaign in the days afterward.
The comment was made during a taping of a current affairs talk show with St. Louis reporter Charles Jaco. It comment came deep into an interview at a TV studio.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said someone stuck a microphone in to Akin’s mouth.
Perkins condemned the National GOP leaders who tried to force Akin from the race.
“I know what the establishment does to solid conservatives who will not sell their principles for a party. They will abandon them in a heartbeat.”
Conservative columnist Star Parker told the audience of 80-to-100, Akin “ was caught off guard and misspoke”.
“And I think there is a contrast,” said Akin, “between six seconds and six years of a voting record. And that’s the context it is being used in.”
Akin adds, he thinks he is getting powerful support from his surrogate speakers. He says “you’re going to see that in the voting patterns, I guarantee you.”
The latest poll, from last weekend, showed Akin trailing incumbent Claire McCaskill by two points. Some campaign insiders think the margin is slightly larger than that.
Akin says he doesn’t believe the polling, yet he has used that survey in fundraising appeals all week long.
Akin’s campaign says the Saturday Kansas City Stop will be his last of the long campaign.
Democrat Claire McCaskill is expected to make a final Kansas City appearance either Monday or Election Day.