CLINTON, Mo. (KMOV) – Todd Akin may have again sparked controversy after he appeared to endorse the idea that employers should be allowed to pay women less than men during a town hall meeting in Clinton, Missouri on Thursday.
During the meeting, Akin was asked by someone attending the event why he voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which opened the door for women to sue over unequal pay.
Specifically, Akin was asked why he thought it was OK for a woman to be paid less for doing the same work as a man.
“I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay. I think it’s about freedom,” he said. “If someone wants to hire somebody and they agree on a salary, that’s fine, however it wants to work. So, the government sticking its nose into all kinds of things has gotten us into huge trouble.”
The comments came on the same day Akin called Senator Claire McCaskill “un-lady like” during their debate September 21.
McCaskill’s campaign responded saying “Claire was at a loss for words at Todd’s notion that she was unladylike in their debate. As a strong and informed courtroom prosecutor, Claire merely pointed out how extreme congressman Akin’s views really are while making the case for why Missourians should keep her as a moderate senator on our side.”
Meanwhile, former Missouri Sen. Kit Bond is now supporting Akin’s Senate campaign after previously calling on him to quit.
Bond’s endorsement Friday marks an encouraging sign for Akin, who is trying to rebuild support among the Republican establishment after remarking last month that women’s bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in what he called “legitimate rape.”
Bond was part of a coalition of past and present Missouri senators who had urged Akin to drop out. But Bond now says he believes Akin’s apology was sincere and will help his campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Bond says, quote: “It is time to focus on the national stakes in this election.”
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt also recently backed Akin. But former Sen. John Danforth is still not doing so.