KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A crowd of about 50 protestors met Representative Todd Akin during his brief visit in Kansas City. Akin spoke at a news conference on Friday as part of his statewide bus tour.
Akin is vying for the U.S. Missouri Senate seat — a position, if won, could help Republicans gain back the majority in the Senate.
Akin went under fire earlier this summer for his controversial statements about “legitimate rape,” suggesting that women’s bodies have the ability to keep them from becoming pregnant. Most recently on Thursday, Akin told reporters in Jefferson City his opponent, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, was much more “ladylike” in her 2006 campaign against Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.), according to the Huffington Post.
On Thursday, Akin reportedly said in an interview with a Bloomberg, Mo., reporter that McCaskill “had a confidence and was very much more sort of ladylike.” Akin added that during a recent debate, McCaskill “came out swinging, and I think that’s because she was threatened.”
FOX 4’s Matt Stewart is at the news conference where Akin is expected to speak. We will have more information as it becomes available. Refresh this page for updates.