Todd Akin happy with life, campaign
The Kansas City Star
Today is a beautiful day in Missouri and all we Americans are blessed to live in this great country and enjoy our freedoms.
So said a sunny Todd Akin during a conference call with the Kansas City Star’s editorial board. If the GOP congressman from St. Louis and would-be U.S. senator said anything extraordinary during our 45-minute chat, it eluded me.
He deflected a question about “legitimate rape,” saying that had been discussed enough, and preferred to dwell on the differences between himself and Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. In a nutshell, Akin said, she “has a lot of confidence in big government, and I don’t.”
Something I noticed while listening to Akin: He identifies what he perceives as problems without going very far toward articulating solutions.
On health care, he notes the problems with having health insurance tied to employment, but doesn’t spell out how to fix it. I noted that the state-based exchanges in the Affordable Care Act were conceived to make insurance more portable, but he said that Obamacare in its entirety has to go.
On the farm bill, he said he “understands the need for some market stability” in agriculture, but also said “I don’t support removing all risk for an industry.” But he had no specifics for arriving at a bill that would meet somewhere in the middle.
On school lunches, Akin said he would prefer states to handle that arena, and wanted hunger programs separated from the agricultural portion of the farm bill.
On Afghanistan, he said “halfway solutions are not very good,” but didn’t say what a complete proposal would be.
On Iran, he said, “I do not like the coming together of nuclear weapons and radical Islam,” and vowed to support “strong steps” to stop it, but declined to say what those steps would be.
And so it went. Akin peppered his conversation with references to The Founders. He spoke often of freedom. He boasted of his perfect NRA rating, and his refusal to support the stimulus and TARP. He proposed getting rid of the Department of Education, the Department of Energy and the EPA.
And then he signed off, to enjoy another beautiful day in Missouri.