In this Oct. 20, 2012 photo Missouri Republican Senate candidate, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., right, and former governor Mike Huckabee say the pledge of allegiance at an Akin campaign event

 

              In this Oct. 20, 2012 photo Missouri Republican Senate candidate, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., right, and former governor Mike Huckabee say the pledge of allegiance at an Akin campaign event
In this Oct. 20, 2012 photo Missouri Republican Senate candidate, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., right, and former governor Mike Huckabee say the pledge of allegiance at an Akin campaign event in Springfield, Mo. Since first uttering the words “legitimate rape,” Akin has continued to say things that have distracted attention from his campaign theme against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Akin has linked McCaskill to President Barack Obama and his spending and health care policies. But unwanted attention remains _ most recently he compared McCaskill to a dog, at this Oct. 20, event, and before that he suggested she wasn’t “ladylike.” (AP Photo/The News Leader, Bruce E. Stidham)