Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), whose Senate campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has been largely disowned by national Republicans after his false comment that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape,” said this week he also doubts the scientific basis of evolution.
“Well, I’ve taken a look at both sides of the thing. And it seems to me that evolution takes a tremendous amount of faith,” said Akin, in audio of a tea party group meeting on Thursday, obtained by Think Progress. “To have all of a sudden all of the different things that have to be lined up, to create something as sophisticated as life, it takes a lot of faith. I don’t see it as even as a matter of science, because I don’t know if you can prove one or the other.
“So, that’s one of those things — you know, we can talk about theology, and all kinds of science things, but I’m basically concerned about, you’ve got a choice between Claire McCaskill and myself. My job is to make the thing there. If you want to do theoretical stuff, we can do that, but I think I better stay on topic.”