Representative Todd Akin stopped by Chillicothe Friday afternoon to promote his campaign for a seat in the US Senate.  It also gave him a chance to respond to comments made by President Obama earlier in the week and by Vice-President Biden on Thursday.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Representative Akin:

Todd Akin

“I made a statement in a debate a couple weeks back, and I said that America is suffering from stage three socialism of cancer,” said Akin, “The reason I say that is because we have this idea that the government should take over more and more and more things.”

The original comment was referring to student loans.  Akin believes student loans should be handled by private lenders and not the government.   Akin says Obama and Biden both claimed Akin was calling student loans socialism.