Exclusive: Rep. Todd Akin on 'Your World'
Senate candidate on his race in Missouri
- Duration 6:41
- Date Sep 5, 2012
Senate candidate on his race in Missouri
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A -- about Missouri's senate race someone's Republicans and all but given up on calling for our congress and Todd they could just to get out of the race.
Out of those are great but comments that I could go on and on his suffice it to say a guy who look loss to the polls.
But down as much as ten point total more than a couple of weeks ago is dead even in the latest you heard me right Todd AT and he's dead even McLaren -- task else.
-- of the latest polls coming out of Missouri.
Since all these developments first on fox the congressman himself thought they can congressman.
Good to have you thank you.
Feel it's a pleasure to join you when your great audience this afternoon.
On this is a bit of a startling development and I don't know whether Republicans.
Are glad or or -- -- to have what do you think.
Well it's probably a mixed message out what we're hearing here is there is a tremendous grassroots level of support.
Not just in Missouri but across the whole nation because I think people -- via thought about this a little bit after the initial response -- they say wait a minute.
The people of Missouri elected somebody do we want party bosses -- -- someone.
And I think a whole lot of people are coming down on the side -- pay an election.
As an election and we don't wanna set the precedent the party bosses pick someone so from that point of view with the support has been very strong we get around the state and people are shaking hands they stay -- -- be strong you're gonna win it.
Nevertheless even with his surge when I talked to likes of rob -- for -- dozen others.
They say not another penny for you.
Mitch McConnell no support for you.
So they're not exactly rallying around him.
Well if you're talking about money we have been receiving some money in the office from people small contributions but lots and lots of the Mandela.
Neil if you want to help just -- dot org we'd love to have you on on the bandwagon.
Clearly you're not out of the question I'm -- -- congress is not a question you could still win this -- then the issue comes up that I -- with Mitch McConnell the senate Republican leader.
As -- how you would then vote would you be angry at Republicans and not vote would down would you be an independent how would you vote.
Well let me say this deal I am deeply concerned about America that's why I've been doing the things I've been doing for years and this is that all about me.
This is about fixing an economy that is fundamentally broken.
It's about people without jobs it's about a government that's taking our freedom and that's out of control.
And all the work with anybody that wants to get America back on track and make sure the government is the servant and no longer the master.
You didn't quite answer my -- in that whether you.
Would be accepted into the Republican poll whether you would recoil at that what would you -- Mitch McConnell would reach out -- you.
He was telling me when I was at the Republican events of last week -- -- he thinks you would go with Republicans that it's kind of in your DNA to vote -- Republicans anyway.
I didn't get the idea bygones be bygones but that he would see you as a Republican senator helping what he hopes will be a Republican majority is that right.
Let me make it clear I would do absolutely everything in my power to work with his team.
And the team this gonna try and put our economy and America back on track.
I'm fully behind him and I'm fully behind.
Our our a great team of of Ryan who I work with in the house.
And end of the entire Republican.
Platform it's fine I'm I'm on board with all of that.
He wouldn't have any beef with the Bo -- he said you should step down the Mitt Romney's is that you suggested down to Mitch McConnell is that you should step down.
And on and on and on you wouldn't harbor any kind of -- will.
Dark -- I'm pretty much Avaya a person to forgive someone when I'm asked to be -- you know somebody wants to be forgiven.
I as I said it's not about me it's about doing what's right for our country.
And you take a look at where we are issues wise this Claire McCaskill I'm running against wow what a contrast.
We had 71%.
Of people of Missouri voted -- all.
On Obama here.
And -- course I voted due to repeal it thirty times and she was the deciding vote to to pass obamacare that's why this -- -- really going to be based on her voting record and that's why.
Money is not the whole thing it's about how -- she voted in the state of Missouri.
I have an -- from the National Rifle Association she hasn't -- that's a big deal in our state and of course the economy and jobs are in the tank.
People understand sixteen trillion dollars that our grandchildren are gonna have to pay.
This is a big visual legacy boy has very little -- by the way.
We did reach out to senator McCaskill we've not yet heard back from our -- springs eternal.
You obviously of regretted your comments at the rate comment.
But it does.
Make people want to follow up with this one and I knew you assists and answered -- sit in various ways but do you believe he's a woman who.
Becomes pregnant to -- -- -- -- Feel free to have an abortion do you do you make a distinction.
For pregnancies in the event of -- Well you know -- what I've done is I've said all way along and I've answered this question now for couple weeks I've basically support the plank in the Republican platform.
You have to decide when does life -- and and I've I've never apologized for big pro life -- understanding that life begins at conception but I'll tell you Claire McCaskill was.
On the other side of that spectrum.
She supports abortions all way through the ninth month and even the partial birth abortion she is not voted against that.
So there is this is my.
What we already -- -- I -- -- the answer but you wouldn't be in that event.
Army does it matter the means by which someone becomes pregnant whether through rape or or -- consensual sex.
Is that that that that child to be -- hard to turn.
Well as I said I believe white starts at conception and and I don't apologize for that that is the same mob platform.
As we have in the Republican Party and -- -- -- I believe that answers your question -- Florida congressman thank you very -- godaddy -- agent.
They have a lot of war in Missouri.
-- thank you dead even in some of these latest also this today at a bit of a drama to be -- -- campaign.