Rep. Todd Akin touts tea party credentials
In a meeting yesterday with Central Missouri tea party activists, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin said he has doubts about the constitutionality of Medicare and thinks global warming “is highly suspect.”
Akin, a six-term congressman seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, spent much of the 75 minutes attacking the expansive nature of the federal government, calling his opposition to federal health care changes a struggle against tyranny. The meeting was attended by about two dozen tea party activists.
“It will destroy health care, and it will destroy our country if we don’t stop it,” Akin said of the measure, known to its foes as Obamacare.
Akin and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman are vying for the GOP nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in next year’s election. Akin so far holds a commanding lead in fundraising, taking in $970,000 to Steelman’s $387,000. McCaskill has eclipsed them . oth, however, taking in more than $2.4 million so far for her re-election.
By Rudi Keller