Former US Ambassador Todd Akin, a Missouri Republican defense official, has ruled that women’s bodies have a contraceptive effect if they are “legally raped” and has reduced her chances in the US Senate. and became a warning to some GOP elections, he died. He was seventy-four years old.
Akin had had cancer for several years, said his son Perry in a statement. He died last Sunday at his home in Wildwood, the village of St. Louis.
“Until the death of my father, we had people from all walks of life in the life story after they did,” Perry Akin said in a statement to The Associated Press.
“He was a devout Christian, a good father, and a friend to many. We cherish the many fond memories from him driving a tractor on our annual dust, to his riveting delivery of the free story on 4 July the parties wearing the full uniform of the colonial minuteman. The family is grateful for his legacy: a man with the heart of a slave who stands for the truth. ”
Akin represented the Republican-standing eastern Missouri province that included the St. Louis area. Claire McCaskill, only seriously jeopardizing Republicans’ chances of restoring Senate majority less than two weeks later.
Akin, a staunch opponent of abortion, was questioned during an interview with St. John’s Radio whether he supported abortion in rape women. She replied that “from what I understand from doctors” that such pregnancies “are rare.”
She added: “If it is legal rape, a woman’s body has ways of trying to cover up everything.”
Her words filled her with tears. Republican MP Mitt Romney immediately criticized Akin, saying his campaign allowed abortions on such occasions.
Criticism of Akin’s rhetoric disrupted his US Senate business to the end, making him a symbol of how Republicans could jeopardize a race they had a good chance of winning with a seemingly far-right candidate. Akin’s campaign initially said he had “missed,” and Akin later said he was wrong.
Akin faced pressure from the national GOP to remove and allow the national party to choose a replacement. He refused and eventually lost the race by 16 percent, receiving 39% of the vote. But some Republican officials and office bearers in the US sometimes backed up his comments – indicating how some party members handled the issue.
Two years later, Akin published a book, “Shooting Back,” in which he accused GOP leaders of abandoning him and letting McCaskill win by branding news organizations as terrorists. In the book, he returned his apology to the public for the word “rape”.
Akin did not run for office again, even in early 2015, briefly added speculation about the first 2016 debate to US G Sen. Roy Blunt by stating that the Republican party wanted “new blood.”
Akin was born on July 5, 1947, in New York City, but grew up in the St. Louis area. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering and management from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts in 1970, served in the US Army and worked for IBM. He worked in the company’s management at St. Louis-based Laclede Steel Co.
He won a seat in Missouri House in 1988 and served on the Legislature for ten years. He won Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District seat in 2000 and was re-elected five times. She also served on the board of the Missouri Right to Life anti-abortion group.
In 2012 US Senate primary, Akin faced two vicious enemies, former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner.
Many Democrats thought McCaskill’s best shot in the re-election could have Akin as a GOP candidate. His campaign featured television commercials showing that Akin was very conservative, Brunner was not a reliable security guard and Steelman represented “politics as usual.”
Republicans took advertising as McCaskill’s attempt to help Akin win the first GOP. The life story announced by McCaskill in 2015 said he also tried to promote Akin’s campaign by promoting it through backlinks to resume televised television commercials from former GOP candidate and former Governor of Mark Huckabee.
McCaskill’s travel was paid for. Akin won in an eight-person GOP field with only 36% of the vote.
Funeral information was not disclosed. Survivors include Akin’s wife, Lulli Boe Akin, his mother, Nancy Bigelow Akin, four sons, two daughters and eighteen grandchildren.
Hanna spoke from Topeka, Kansas. Salter was reported from O’Fallon, Missouri.