BONUS FACT: King doesn’t denounce Akin comments
Speaking at a town hall in Le Mars this morning, King refused to denounce comments by Todd Akin – who he endorsed in the Missouri Senate primary – saying:
“Whether he has mispoken or whether he has a position that we would have trouble agreeing on, I don’t know that. But I do know him and I do know his family, and I’m impressed with what they’ve accomplished. So that’s the best I can do with the little that I know.”
King also said, “I’ve never heard of a medical situation such as is implied or stated with his statement. I wouldn’t be willing to take a public position until such time as I look back into them and see what the facts are.”
King previously endorsed Akin in the primary saying, “He’s a statesman, he’s a patriot, he’s a proven conservative. And I’ve watched it. He lives it. We’ve sat side by side now into the tenth year, together.”
As national Republican leaders call on Akin to step down, King apparently is standing by his friend and is unable to say whether or not he disagrees with Akin’s comment that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Iowans deserve a member of Congress who won’t need to think twice about an outrageous statement like this and someone who knows that rape can result in pregnancy. King said it best during the town hall today – “that’s the best I can do” – but Iowa can do much better.