Huckabee: Focus Should Be on Claire McCaskill’s Record, Not One Comment Todd Akin Made
While many Republicans called for Todd Akin to withdraw from the Missouri Senate race after his comments regarding “legitimate rape” drew outrage across the country, Gov. Huckabee thinks Akin still might have a shot of winning.
In an appearance on Your World, Huckabee stressed that Akin’s comments were stupid and that he’s apologized for them, but said, “The real issue is not what he said, it’s what Claire McCaskill did. She voted for Obamacare. She has supported abortion. It’s about what Barack Obama did, not something he said, and believe me he’s said plenty of crazy things himself.”
Huckabee addressed calls from other Republicans for Akin to withdraw from the race, saying, “You’ve got to remember that he’s put two years of his life, and that of his family, and his supporters in this race to get there. You don’t just suddenly one day say one thing and say, ‘I’m going to quit!’”
Huckabee said categorically that he believes the Republican Party has been unfair to Akin, but believes it could be a teachable moment for the party if they can transition the dialogue from one comment Akin made to the actions of McCaskill and President Obama.