* "America has got the equivalent of stage three cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in." Akin made this comment during an April candidate debate when he was asked whether he would support legislation that would prevent student loan interest rates from rising. A limited-government conservative, Akin added, "the government needs to get its nose out of the education business." Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) released a TV ad attacking Akin's comments. McCaskill's spot featured students, including one who asked, "Student loans are like cancer?"
* "My guess is it's somewhere in the 6 or 7, but I don't know the exact number right now." Akin made this remark during a March GOP candidate debate, in response to a question about what the nation's minimum wage is, and whether it should be increased. Akin also said he "doesn't think the government should be setting the prices or wages on different things." To put Akin's comments in a more specific context, both of Akin's opponents at the debate were unable to correctly identify the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
* "The local militia can bring a positive influence to our community. Your patriotism and concern for our state and nation is to be commended." This statement is noteworthy because Akin reportedly wrote it in a 1995 letter to a private militia group with ties to the militant anti-abortion movement. Akin later said, “It was just a courtesy letter saying, hey, I think you ought to focus on natural disasters and stuff. I didn’t know who they were, I didn’t want to have anything to do with them." The connection between Akin and the group surfaced as an issue in his 2000 congressional campaign.