A new video surfaced Monday on YouTube, that features Republican Rep. (R-MO) Senate Candidate Todd Akin speaking at a Fair Tax Kansas City meeting, last May. At the time, Akin was still embroiled in the Republican primary race, which he won. The video, downloaded by opponent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), is a picture of Akin accompanied by rough audio. In it Akin discusses various ways to get a politician’s attention, including letter writing campaigns. He goes on to say:
I’m in a three way primary for the U.S. Senate. I’ve gone to people and asked for their support, their help, or their endorsement and some people say yes. They write me a decent check. I remember that… You remember who’s helping you. That’s one way that people get to know Congressmen and Senators.
Here is the video, the above remarks begin at about 1:15:
Akin achieved notoriety in August for suggesting that women’s bodies instinctively shut down pregnancies in the instance of “legitimate rape.” The outcry over the odious notion caused him to flirt with the idea of dropping out of the race, a decision endorsed by both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. It seems that Akin either has no filter for unfortunate comments, or else he just doesn’t care what non-contributors think of him. Today would be his last opportunity to withdraw from the race.
If, as expected, Akin decides to remains in the race, there’s still plenty of opportunity to buy his attention.