In the wake of his "legitimate rape" comments, Rep. Todd Akin has found few public supporters. But Akin can count Kirk Cameron as one of them.
Cameron—star of the popular '80s sitcom "Growing Pains" turned evangelical Christian—defended the embattled Missouri congressman on the fourth hour of the "Today" show on Tuesday.
"I'm not his political strategist, thank God," Cameron, who interviewed Akin for his new religious documentary, "Monumental," told Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. "Clearly, this is a man who is advocating the sanctity of life through and through. He said he misspoke and he apologized for it. I like to evaluate people based on their entire life, their entire career, all they stand for. He loves his wife, he's got six children. I believe he's a good man. He's now in a very, very difficult spot."
"I've sat down and actually watched the video," Cameron added. "Watch it, not just read some of the transcripts and the quotes."
The 41-year-old born-again Christian has made controversial public comments before.
In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan in March, Cameron said "homosexuality is unnatural, detrimental and ultimately destructive to foundations of civilization."
"Marriage is almost as old as dirt," he continued. "It was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don't think anyone else should either."
Cameron's "Growing Pains" co-stars Tracey Gold and Alan Thicke were among numerous celebrities to denounce his comments.
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Meanwhile, Cameron is not alone in his support of Akin. On Monday, amid a growing chorus of GOP leaders calling for Akin to halt his Senate campaign, the FRC Action PAC released a statement supporting his candidacy.
"This is another case of 'gotcha politics' against a conservative leader," FRC Action PAC president Connie Mackey said. "Todd Akin has a long and distinguished record of defending women, children and families. He has fought against forcing taxpayers to subsidize abortion giant Planned Parenthood, which is the bedrock of Claire McCaskill's base of support. When speaking about the issue of rape, let's not forget the cover-up of statutory rape by Planned Parenthood, which to my knowledge has not been addressed by Senator McCaskill.
"Throughout his 12 years in Congress, Todd Akin has supported legislation that honors all human life. He has opposed the commodification of women in contrast to his opponent, Claire McCaskill, who has a long record of promoting the abortion industry while ignoring how abortion harms women."
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