Senate candidate Todd Akin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the gap between Republican Todd Akin and Democrat Claire McCaskill is “enormous”.
Gingrich made his second swing through Missouri on Akin’s behalf. He was in St. Louis last month. Gingrich is one of the few national Republicans who have not abandoned Akin after he made in now-infamous “legitimate rape” remark.
Gingrich was featured at a set of Akin fundraisers in the Kansas City area.
He and Akin also took a brief tour of a Lee’s Summit packaging plant.
Gingrich noted the owners of Bennett Packaging had brought the company out of bankruptcy and turned into a success that has lasted for 24 years.
“Doug and Cathy are examples of why President Obama was so wrong when he said, ‘you didn’t build it’,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich also echoed Akin’s thoughts on one his campaign’s main themes, government over-regulation.
“Nobody wants an industry where machines that are unsafe or things done the wrong way,’ said Akin, “but we’ve gone way past that at this point and we’re basically handicapping American industry with the level of red tape and bureaucracy.”
Earlier about a dozen Kansas City Democrats protested outside one of Akin’s fundraisers on the Country Club Plaza.
Democratic Jackson County Legislator Crystal Williams criticized both Akin and Gingrich.
She took offense at remarks she said Gingrich made, telling women voters to ‘get over it’ when they disagree with Republican stances on reproductive rights.
“The best way I know to get over it”, said Williams, is to send Claire McCaskill back to Washington DC, and send Todd Akin home”.