(The Blaze) -- Until the 2012 election cycle, most Americans outside of Washington only vaguely knew who Todd Akin was. He had made a near instantaneous name for himself in Congress, however.
Akin’s first vote set him apart: He defied both party and president to vote against the No Child Left Behind Act. Later, after a late night phone call from then President George W. Bush and pressure from Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt (R), Akin defied them again to vote against the expansion of government through Medicare Part D (“Firing Back” Page 58).
He quickly made friends; earning and keeping a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee. He also made enemies, and was named on Planned Parenthood’s notorious “Toxic Ten” list.
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Mostly, though, Akin just did his job. He used his influence on the House Armed Services Committee (a job he held close to his heart as a former Army Engineer and the father of three Marines) to bring better armored vehicles to the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan (“Firing Back” Page 67).
Todd Akin is back -- and battling the establishment poohbahs that took him down two years ago. Get his brand new book, "Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom"