Mitt Romney was in Iowa today where he gave his endorsement to conservative firebrand Steve King (R-IA):
“I’m looking here at Steve King, he needs to be your Congressman again. I want him as my partner in D.C.”
Here is some background on Rep. King from Evan McMorris-Santoro:
Rep. Steve King: I’ve Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape Or Incest
Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. On Monday, King signaled why – he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.
King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.
“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”
And here is some commentary by Adam Peck:
GOP Congressman Tells Voters That Comparing Immigrants To Dogs Was Really A ‘Compliment’
Congressman Steve King (R-IA) participated in a radio debate with Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack last night, and was given a chance to explain a comment he made in May comparing immigrants to dogs.
But instead of apologizing, or even explaining how he simply misspoke, King told the audience that the comment was really meant as a compliment, and that anyone who interpreted it as an insult – namely, everyone – was simply motivated by partisanship and incapable of cooperation:
VILSACK: Frankly, he’s been a bully, and he’s an embarrassment to the people of Iowa when he talks about immigrants as animals. If my mother were here she would say to Congressman King ‘show some decency.’
KING: …This American vigor that we have that comes from legal immigrants who came to this country with a dream – we get the cream of the crop of every donor civilization on the planet – and people that can take a compliment and turn it into an insult are not going to be constructive working across the isle. But that’s what that was, was a compliment. And everyone who was there that heard that knows that.
Zack Beauchamp lists five more of King’s controversial positions.