KIRKWOOD, Mo.—A day before the final deadline to stay in or drop out of the Missouri Senate race, Congressman Todd Akin insists he’s not quitting.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich today became one of the few republicans to support Cong Todd Akin in his senate race in Missouri.
The two appeared together first at a news conference at the Kirkwood Amtrak train station and then at a lunch fundraiser at an Italian restaurant.
Akin is seeking to unseat incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in the November election. Many Republicans distanced themselves from Akin after his comments in August about what he called “legitimate rape,” including GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.
But Gingrich has stuck with Akin, and says no poll has shown the race to be out of Akin’s reach. Gingrich believes other Republicans will return to supporting Akin by mid-October.
“On occasion I’ve said some dumb things,” Gingrich said. “My wide still says ‘lunar colony?’ I get it, but if saying something dumb disqualified you Joe Biden couldn’t be Vice President.”
Meanwhile, McCaskill launched an online video Monday attacking what she claims is Akin’s sudden switch to oppose Congressional earmarks in exchange for financial support from conservatives.