There’s been a lot of speculation over the past weeks about whether members of Missouri’s Republican congressional delegation will try to upend U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
U.S. Reps. Sam Graves, R-Tarkio, and Jo Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, mulled over bids, but decided against a U.S. Senate run. There was even some chatter about U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, getting into race, although the two-term lawmaker also chose to remain in the House.
What about U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Town and Country? The five-term lawmaker told me on Saturday that “when it comes a year and a month, I’ll have to go down to Jeff City and sign up for something.”
So far, the major announced candidates are former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and attorney Ed Martin. Former Missouri Republican Party chairwoman Ann Wagner could also get into the race.
In addition to inquiring whether he is considering running for U.S. Senate next year, I asked Akin about the 2010 and 2012 election cycles and President Barack Obama’s effect on the political landscape. Click on the audio clip above for more.