by JO MANNIES, St. Louis Beacon
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin returned to the St. Louis-area campaign trail on Tuesday, speaking briefly at a “Women Standing with Todd Akin” event that featured glowing testimonials from a bevy of conservative women.
With the exception of a short press conference, Akin, R-Wildwood, hadn’t held any campaign events in the St. Louis area since he sparked a national furor with his comments about “legitimate rape." Since he resumed his campaign schedule after making multiple apologies, Akin primarily spent time in rural areas in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri.
The furor was over Akin’s observation, during a televised interview with KTVI’s Charles Jaco, that women victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant. He has since apologized, amid medical evidence to the contrary and GOP dismay that the comment fits into the Democratic assertions that Republicans have declared “a war on women.” [MORE]
[Note: As we banter over the presidential race, it's important to also remember that the House and Senate races are vital as well... MC]