Remember Christine O'Donnell, the republican from Delaware, who wanted you to know that she's "not a witch"? Well, less than 24 hours after Missouri republicans chose him as their nominee, Todd Akin is already drawing comparisons to O'Donnell:
Many have compared Akin to candidates like Christine O’Donnell, who cost the GOP a Senate seat they should have won. But Akin, unlike O’Donnell, doesn’t just have a history of outsized public statements; he has an actual voting record to go along with it.
In today's Washington Post, Greg Sargent breaks it down, highlighting that Akin isn't just another republican, he is so extreme that he's out of the mainstream GOP:
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* In 2012, Akin was one of 24 to vote against the Training and Research for Autism Improvements Nationwide Act; 147 Republicans voted for it. A GOP press release described this as an effort to “advance training and education for autism service providers” so that “autistic children and adults can lead fuller, happier and healthier lives.”
* In 2010, Akin was one of only 13 to vote No on a motion “expressing the support of the House of Representatives for the goals and ideals of the National School Lunch Program.” 155 Republicans voted for it.
* In 2009, Akin was one of 11 to vote against a measure “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that providing breakfast in schools through the National School Breakfast Program has a positive impact on classroom performance.” 152 Republicans voted for it (fixed).