Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint Endorse Todd Akin

140139782 Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint Endorse Todd Akin

Rick Santorum (Photo: Getty)

Many in the Republican Party encouraged Missouri Congressman Todd Akin to drop his bid for the state’s Senate seat following a firestorm over comments he made about “legitimate rape,” pregnancy and abortion in August, but at least two major GOP figures are still standing by Mr. Akin. This morning, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint issued a joint statement announcing their support for Mr. Akin’s bid to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

“We support Todd Akin and hope freedom-loving Americans in Missouri and around the country will join us so we can save our country from fiscal collapse,” the statement said.

Mr. Santorum and Mr. DeMint said they viewed Mr. Akin’s campaign as crucial to Republican efforts to win a Senate majority.

“If Republicans are to win back the Senate and stop President Obama’s liberal agenda, we must defeat Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri,” they said. “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.”

Mr. Santorum and Mr. DeMint also called Mr. Akin a “principled conservative” and praised his positions on the economy, defense and abortion.

“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,” they said.

Yesterday, Matt Hoskins, the executive director of Mr. DeMint’s political action committee, sent a memo to supporters saying the PAC was considering donating to Mr. Akin as they now believed his race was “winnable” in spite of the controversy that came after his comments this summer.