Akin’s hard-right credentials brought the support of both former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann. Among Akin’s most vocal positions includes a belief that Medicare is unconstitutional, that climate change is a hoax and wants to repeal the 17th Amendment, which allows for the direct election of Senators by the people, rather than state legislatures.
Akin is also one of those elected officials that likes to toss around the smear of “socialism” whenever he sees a policy initiative that benefits anyone other than white males, including most recently when he called legislation streamlining the student loan process a “stage three cancer of socialism.”
The Missouri race is indicative of the future of conservative politics. Akin’s win was made possible only by a flood of outside dollars. “Todd Akin’s victory is the result of an unprecedented level of support from outside groups who are launching vicious attacks against Senator McCaskill’s sterling record,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “But the distinction between Claire’s impressive track record of fighting for working families and Akin’s extreme, Tea Party agenda couldn’t be clearer. And this November, the voters will once again send a leader to the Senate who fights for their rights and opportunities.”
The contrast to Sen. McCaskill couldn’t be more direct, but his win shows that the hard-right conservative base is not intent on wooing independent and moderate voters but rather driving the whole country off the cliff with their crusade.
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