The PJ Tatler

DeMint, Santorum Back Akin

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), head of the Tea Party kingmaking Senate Conservatives Fund, and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) just threw their public support behind Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.).

“If Republicans are to win back the Senate and stop President Obama’s liberal agenda, we must defeat Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Her support of President Obama’s job-killing, big-spending policies are sending our country into an economic abyss. And her passionate support of ObamaCare is ensuring healthcare costs go up while quality of care goes down. Simply put, we cannot afford six more years of Senator McCaskill,” DeMint and Santorum said in a statement.

“Todd Akin is a principled conservative who is committed to winning and fighting for freedom in the U.S. Senate. Todd will work to stop reckless spending, stop the out of control debt, repeal the government takeover of healthcare, support our military and defend life at every stage.”

McCaskill greeted Akin’s news yesterday that he would stay in the race with a couple of tweets. “Today in St Louis Newt said Todd reminded him of Harry Truman!?! I believe Harry would have a few choice words for Newt Gingrich,” she tweeted, followed by: “He’s in. Let’s win.”

Akin embarked on a cross-state bus tour yesterday after his press conference. The Missouri Republican Party said it would work for Akin’s election and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who a month ago was calling for Akin to step aside, said in a statement last night that he’d work for the congressman’s Senate campaign because “he and I agree the Senate majority must change.”

The Republican National Committee has shown no signs of reversing its decision to drop support for Akin in the wake of his “legitimate rape” comments.