Election 2012
12:02 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Gingrich Boosts Akin In Missouri

Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called the Missouri Senate race unique among other contests in the country.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, campaigning for Senate candidate Todd Akin in Kansas City.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich chides GOP leaders for pulling out support from Todd Akin.

Gingrich spoke on behalf of Republican Todd Akin and others in an appearance at Kansas City’s Union Station.

Flanked by his wife Calista, Gingich chided G.O.P. leaders for pulling support for Akin after his comments about what Akin termed “legitimate rape” started a political firestorm that still burns.

As Gingrich phrased it, “there’s no other race in the country that will send a bigger signal to the monied Republican establishment that it is votes that matter and citizens that matter. And when people of a state make a choice they deserve to be respected for their right to choose.”

Akin spoke of the sanctity of life and the importance of God in appreciating every day of life in the world.

As Akin and Gingrich talked to about a hundred, or fewer, people, scores of anti-Akin, pro-Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill supporters waved signs at the back of the crowd.

An Akin aide said the candidate will spent the remainder of the campaign in northern Missouri and finish in St. Louis.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and wife, Calista, speak for GOP candidates at Kansas City's Union Station rally.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR