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Todd Akin on Principles & Values

Republican Representative (MO-2); Senate Challenger 2012


I'm no career politician; I left a safe district

Brunner touted his experience in the private sector, where he learned the skills needed to unseat McCaskill, such as surrounding himself with "a great team." He said, "You have to have a great message, and a great message is not another career politician."

Akin, a six-term congressman, took exception. "If I were a career politician, I'd stay in a safe congressional district, wouldn't I?" While Akin listed jobs in a steel mill and for IBM, he also painted his experience in Washington, D.C., as an attribute. "I don't think the Senate is the place for on-the-job training," he said.

Brunner, who has poured more than $2 million of his own money into his campaign and has outspent his opponents, called Akin's remarks about on-the-job training "political talk." His opponents' recent job experience "is a little different than being on the production line," he said.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2012 Missouri Senate debate , Apr 22, 2012

Experienced conservative voice in Congress

At a debate Saturday during a Republican conference in Kansas City, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin highlighted his experience as a conservative voice in Congress. Former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman cast herself as a fighter for freedom over her career. John Brunner stressed his experience as a businessman in St. Louis while pledging to be a "citizen senator."
Source: KSDK coverage of 2012 Missouri Senate debate , Feb 19, 2012

Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation.

Akin scores 0% by the AU on church-state separation

OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2006 AU scores as follows:

About the AU (from their website, www.au.org):

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. AU is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

Americans United is a national organization with members in all 50 states. We are headquartered in Washington, D.C., and led by the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director. AU has more than 75,000 members from all over the country. They include people from all walks of life and from various faith communities, as well as those who profess no particular faith. We are funded by donations from our members and others who support church-state separation. We do not seek, nor would we accept, government funding.

Source: AU website 06n-AU on Dec 31, 2006

Recognize Christianity's importance to western civilization.

Akin co-sponsored recognizing Christianity's importance to western civilization

Source: Resolution on Importance of Christmas (H.Res.847) 07-HRes847 on Dec 6, 2007

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Contact info:
Campaign website:
www.akin.org
Fax Number:
202-225-2563
House Mailing Address:
Cannon HOB 117, Washington, DC 20515
Mailing Address:
PO Box 31222, St. Louis MO 63131
Phone number:
(202) 225-2561
Web contact in lieu of EMail

Page last updated: Oct 22, 2012