A video published by an investigative journalist in France shows Akin at a 2006 closed door Club for Growth meeting in which he claims that the passage of the 19th amendment precipitated the worst economic depression in modern history.
"In 1920 women were given the right to vote in this country. Just ten years later they had spent all our money and the economy was in ruins."
"It began simply and nobly. Why not let women vote? Isn't this a country with equal rights for all?."
"But pretty soon every housewife in America was demanding free toasters, free electricity, free radios, free ironing boards and free dish-washing machines. They got everything they wanted. And we went bankrupt."
A Boom of One's Own
The causes of the Great Depression have been debated widely, with economists alternatively blaming inept monetary policy or insufficiently profligate fiscal policy for the economy's failure to recover from an initial fall in output.
Few scholars believe Akin's thesis, however, that the economy crashed because of demands for free appliances from newly enfranchised women. Nevertheless, the U.S. Congressman believes this menace continues to the present day:
"Who spends all the government's money? Democrats. Who votes for Democrats? Women. If women couldn't vote the last Democrat president would have been Jimmy Carter."
"We should have got eight years of George H.W. Bush and John McCain. Instead we got the Clinton recession and the Obama depression. And it never would have happened if we only counted the male votes."
Akin, however, rejected the idea that women should be disenfranchised again:
"'We're stuck with the system we have unfortunately. I don't think it would make sense to go back. But let's be honest about the root of the problem - it's the fallacy of fallopian economics. Women just can't say no to the mean alpha-male who offers them free things."
Akin previously attracted controversy by claiming that women who were victims of "legitimate rape" could not get pregnant.
He is running to unseat incumbent U.S. Senator Claire McKaskill.