Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin claimed at an event with the conservative historian David Barton in 2011 that he'd been arrested at an anti-abortion rally in the past.
"Yesterday I spoke to a group of people who had been in jail with me, you know, don’t tell anybody I’m a jailbird, you know, but there were a bunch of us that were years ago involved in the pro-life movement and the question becomes: the Bible says, ‘rescue the innocent that is being led to slaughter,’ so a bunch of us sat in front of these doors and the police gave us a ride to the free hotel for a while and you know how it goes, and the question is, is that biblical or not?" Akin told the audience. The video, first posted by Right Wing Watch, doesn't specify when or where the arrest took place.
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