Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), the Senate candidate that drew criticism in August after making the inaccurate claim that the victims of “legitimate rape” can force their bodies to avoid pregnancy, also believes it’s fair for employers to pay women less than men.
“I believe in free enterprise. I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay,”Akin said at a town hall meeting on Thursday. The comment came in response to a question about Akin’s decision to vote against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which has made it it easier for women to challenge unequal pay.
“I think it’s about freedom,” Akin added. “If somebody wants to hire somebody and they agree on a salary, that’s fine, however it wants to work. So, the government sticking its nose into all kinds of things has gotten us into huge trouble.”