When you're the candidate who talks about "legitimate rape" during an election, you end up having an odd mix of supporters join you on the campaign trail... obviously apparently. Congressman Todd Akin who infamously said "the female body" can stop a pregnancy in the case of a " legitimate rape" has been joined on the campaign stump by a reality television family and the wife of a FOX News host.
The Duggar family, known for their procreative abilities (Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar currently have 84 19 children) and their TLC reality series "19 Kids and Counting," were joined in support of Todd Akin today by Janet Huckabee, the wife of Republican former Arkansas governor and current FOX News host Mike Huckabee.
The Huckabees were among the first to voice their support for Congressman Akin's candidacy after his "legitimate rape" comments sparked widespread condemnation nearly two months ago. BuzzFeed reports that Janet Huckabee only met the Missouri Senate candidate for the first time on Monday morning, but by that evening had already spoken at two Todd Akin for Senate campaign events. She told BuzzFeed she was upset with how the Republican party treated Congressman Akin after the controversy broke:
"It made my blood boil," Huckabee said of the Republican Party's abandonment of Akin. "There's the wrath of God, and then there's the wrath of Janet." ... Huckabee told BuzzFeed, after she had finished introducing herself around the room, "I don't think most women just sit around and contemplate" social issues such as abortion. Instead, she said, the economy and the federal debt would drive support for Akin among women.
Janet Huckabee was joined by Michelle Duggar this afternoon at a Women Standing for Akin luncheon in Springfield, Mo., according to the Los Angeles Times. The Duggar family are joining Congressman Akin Tuesday evening as part of two days of campaign events.
Congressman Akin is trailing his Democratic candidate, Senator Clare McCaskill, in all but one recent poll of the race, which could prove critical in deciding who controls the Senate in its next legislative session.