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A brief history of Todd Akin’s controversial statements

When Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy, he triggered a national backlash andwidespreaddenunciations.

Before the interview, Akin was a low-profile congressman largely unknown outside Missouri. But those who have followed his career know that Akin has stoked controversy with his public statements andpositions on a range of subjects. Here’s a look at other controversial things Akin has said (Politicker and MSNBCalso have usefulrundowns):

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