Roy Blunt: I'll Campaign for Todd Akin

Senator had asked Akin to quit after 'legitimate rape' flap
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2012 3:56 PM CDT
Roy Blunt: I'll Campaign for Todd Akin
Sen. Roy Blunt, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., at a news conference in Washington, Tuesday, March 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Seems like Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt's call for Todd Akin to step aside wasn't, ahem, "legitimate." Blunt asked Akin to quit the Senate race in August after the House lawmaker defended his flawed science of "legitimate rape"—but now that Akin's officially still running, Blunt promises to stump for him. "I think anybody else would have been a candidate that clearly would have won, and Todd very well may win," said Blunt today on State of the Union.

"He’s on a ticket at a time when people look at a Senate that’s not doing its work, and the only way to change that is to change the majority in the Senate," he added. Called a flip-flopper by co-panelist Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Blunt steered the conversation toward the big picture, saying, "What I said was that the national issues are big enough that we need to have a discussion of these issues rather than those that Todd managed to bring to the table." (Read more Roy Blunt stories.)

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