ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Marketing himself as the un-McCaskill, Missouri Congressman Todd Akin says he’s running for the U-S Senate seat now held by Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Surrounded by his wife and family, the six-term Congressman says he’ll sell himself to voters based on his conservative voting record.
“People might say, well, Akin, you’re too conservative, ” Akin said, “But in today’s economic conditions it may seem that what some thought was too conservative is probably just the medicine that we need.”
In a news conference packed with supporters, old friends and reporters from around the state, Akin warned the country has to stop “auto-pilot spending” that’s based on “living beyond our means.”
When asked how much the race might cost him, Akin says based on similar races, he may have to raise $15-to-$20 million.
Pulling back the curtain for just a glimpse of his strategy, Akin revealed that if he should win the primary, he considers his pull with rural Missouri voters and his high name recognition in the St. Louis area key.
McCaskill can also tout some rural Missouri roots, as well as high name recognition in St. Louis where she now lives, Kansas City where she served as prosecutor, and Jefferson City, where she served as state auditor.
So far, Akin faces former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman in the GOP primary. Also considering entrance into the race is St. Louis manufacturer John Brunner, who in the past has supported Akin.
“I think he has chosen the right person to support,” Akin quipped.
The Akin announcement was attended by Republican rivals Ann Wagner and Ed Martin. The pair posed awkwardly for pictures ahead of what could be a hard-fought primary. Martin has declared his candidacy for the Missouri 2nd Congressional District seat Akin is leaving. Wagner is exploring the possibility of running for the same seat.
A reporter asked Akin if he plans to make an endorsement in the race.
After some nervous laughter in the room, Akin indicated that he didn’t want any shoes thrown at him, so he would decline to comment.