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Tea Party Express calls on Akin to step down
WMTW ^ | 8/20/2012 | CNN NewSource via WMTW

Posted on 08/20/2012 9:03:41 PM PDT by Qbert

The nation's largest tea party political action committee, the Tea Party Express, is calling on Rep. Todd Akin to step down as Missouri's Republican nominee for a Senate seat on Monday following controversial comments the congressman made about rape.

Answering a question about whether he thought abortion should be legal in cases of rape, Akin said in an interview Sunday that in instances of "legitimate rape" the female body has ways of stopping a potential pregnancy. Video of the interview was posted online by the liberal super PAC American Bridge.

Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said in a statement released Monday that Akin's remarks were "unfortunate and inappropriate."

"It is critical that we defeat Senator Claire McCaskill in November, but it will be too difficult to achieve with Todd Akin as the conservative alternative," said Kremer. "He should step down and give conservatives a chance at taking back the Senate in November."

"One of the lessons we learned in 2010 is that we need candidates who are not only conservative, but are capable of putting together a strong campaign against liberal opponents," said Kremer, calling Akin's comment a 'Bidenism' in an apparent reference to Vice President Joe Biden's recent 'chains' gaffe at a campaign stop in Virginia.

In a radio interview Monday, Akin apologized for the comments.

"I made that statement in error. Let me be clear. Rape is never legitimate. It's an evil act, and it's committed by violent predators," the Republican congressman said on Mike Huckabee's radio show.

The Tea Party Express endorsed Akin's rival, former state treasurer Sarah Steelman, in Missouri's GOP primary. Steelman, who was defeated by Akin in the August 7 contest, also grabbed the coveted conservative endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: akin; missouri; mo2012; palin; rape; sarahsteelman; steelman; teaparty; toddakin; tpx

1 posted on 08/20/2012 9:03:48 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

This is becoming a major dilemma.


2 posted on 08/20/2012 9:09:42 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Qbert

This is what happens when we Elect Popes.


3 posted on 08/20/2012 9:11:23 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Qbert

I don’t think he misspoke and neither does anyone else. He’s toxic.


4 posted on 08/20/2012 9:14:03 PM PDT by RC one
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To: mylife

“This is becoming a major dilemma.”

It can become a minor kerfuffle by noon tomorrow if Akin just does the RIGHT thing and steps aside.

Otherwise forget dilemma, it’s got TITANIC written all over it.


5 posted on 08/20/2012 9:16:00 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Qbert
Word has it that Mister Akin will return to private life as professor of forensic biology.

Oh, wait, I made that statement in error....

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6 posted on 08/20/2012 9:16:30 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: jocon307

Agreed.


7 posted on 08/20/2012 9:22:58 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Qbert
He obviously meant "actual" rape, not that rape was "legitimate".

I think he was differentiating a situation where there is no question that a rape had occurred, as in clearly non consensual sex. As opposed to a situation where two people went on a date and had sex and the woman is claiming rape leaving a question as to whether it was consensual or not and whether a rape occurred or not.

Why is this so hard for people to figure out?

8 posted on 08/20/2012 9:26:42 PM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: mylife

And still, there are people who want him to stay in. Will this convince them?


9 posted on 08/20/2012 9:33:11 PM PDT by Radiarm
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To: Radiarm

No.


10 posted on 08/20/2012 9:34:12 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: precisionshootist

The problem is that the logical conclusion to his argument is that if a woman is pregnant, then chances are she wasn’t actually raped. After all, had she been raped her body would have used one those “ways” to prevent the potential pregnancy. Sorry, but this was a goose cooker, and everyone from Allen West to Mitt Romney wasted no time in pointing it out.


11 posted on 08/20/2012 9:35:21 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Qbert

Hopefully he is done. We need to win that seat.


12 posted on 08/20/2012 9:36:35 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: precisionshootist

That’s probably what he meant to say - but if you replace it with that word I don’t see how that makes it any better either logically or politically.


13 posted on 08/20/2012 9:47:14 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: precisionshootist
If he just said "legitimate rape" as a poor phrasing of stranger/assault rape, he'd survive, but what he said in the same sentence about a women's body shutting it down was stupid and tone deaf and inaccurate.

"First of all, from what I understand from doctors that is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

14 posted on 08/20/2012 9:48:10 PM PDT by MrShoop
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To: precisionshootist

I believe what he meant was “proven” rape instead of some liberal skank demanding an abortion and saying, “Uh, I was raped. Yeah, that’s it. I was raped.” With no evidence to the contrary she may receive one under false pretenses. I think that’s what he meant anyway. So yeah, kinda like you said.

Helping keep the earth warm for 65 years.


15 posted on 08/20/2012 9:51:59 PM PDT by rktman
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To: Qbert

Just WHO is the Tea Party Express and Sean RINO-lover Hannity to tell anyone to step down?


16 posted on 08/20/2012 9:52:39 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: Seaplaner
Word has it that Mister Akin will return to private life as professor of forensic biology.

I thought he was an OB/GYN?

17 posted on 08/20/2012 9:59:16 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Qbert

18 posted on 08/20/2012 10:11:51 PM PDT by Baynative (A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for others)
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To: MrShoop
"If he just said "legitimate rape" as a poor phrasing of stranger/assault rape, he'd survive, but what he said in the same sentence about a women's body shutting it down was stupid and tone deaf and inaccurate. "First of all, from what I understand from doctors that is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” "

He was just saying that IF a woman is raped and a pregnancy does occur, DON'T TAKE IT OUT ON THE UNBORN DEFENSELESS BABY!

19 posted on 08/20/2012 10:11:51 PM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: Qbert

No one neither Akin is suggesting that there is such a thing a “legitimate” rape. What he meant by legitimate rape - or what he he was really saying was proven or ACTUAL rape. Furthermore it is a documented fact that EMOTIONAL STRESS DOES PLAY A SIGNIFICANT part in ones health INCLUDING weather one gets pregnant or not.


20 posted on 08/20/2012 10:16:40 PM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: precisionshootist
"Akin said in an interview Sunday that in instances of "legitimate rape" the female body has ways of stopping a potential pregnancy. "

"Why is this so hard for people to figure out? "

It's not hard to figure out at all. Akin's presence on the ballot will guarantee a dimmacrat win.

21 posted on 08/20/2012 10:21:17 PM PDT by matthew fuller (They'll have to pry my gun, my bible, and my chikin from my cold dead fingers.)
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To: Qbert
The Tea Party Express endorsed Akin's rival, former state treasurer Sarah Steelman, in Missouri's GOP primary.

Translation - Our girl didn't win so we're going to take Akin down after the fact in any way we can, no matter what, just to show him he's not going to win anything since she wasn't nominated!

Oh, yeah, this whole brouhaha is all compleeeeeeetely on the up and up.

22 posted on 08/20/2012 11:35:40 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Republican1795.
Furthermore it is a documented fact that EMOTIONAL STRESS DOES PLAY A SIGNIFICANT part in ones health INCLUDING weather one gets pregnant or not.
Just, like, shut up already. You're, like, totally ruining the tar and feathering. /liberal impression /sarcasm
23 posted on 08/20/2012 11:40:40 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: precisionshootist
He was just saying that IF a woman is raped and a pregnancy does occur, DON'T TAKE IT OUT ON THE UNBORN DEFENSELESS BABY!

He said that as well, but that is not what everyone is quoting, and upset about. What he said was, "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Which makes it him sound ignorant, and worse, now many people believe most pro-lifers are idiots and base their beliefs on bad information like that. His moronic statement hurts the whole pro-life movement.

24 posted on 08/21/2012 1:58:22 AM PDT by MrShoop
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To: Qbert

Akin is stupid. He severely wounded his campaign and hurt the republicans chances of getting the Senate. He needs to step down, and lets get another to take his place in the race.


25 posted on 08/21/2012 2:00:55 AM PDT by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: Qbert

If the tea party says that it is time for Akin to go, then it looks like it is over for Akin.


26 posted on 08/21/2012 3:56:03 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: precisionshootist

Because it turns out that a lot of freepers, tea partiers and GOP-types are politically-correct after all.


27 posted on 08/21/2012 4:03:23 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Qbert

Unlike the Democrats, we don’t give out free passes.


28 posted on 08/21/2012 4:06:38 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Qbert
Unfortunately, our political climate now is such that this is not a question of whether he "inartfully phrased" something or made a verbal gaffe. The bigger issue is "How big of a demagogic weapon did you just hand to your opponent?"

While humans are not perfect (and politicians even less so), every GOP candidate must be on top of his game, 24/7, under any speaking conditions, to prevent giving the treasonous Dems anything that can be used as a weapon. Akin, unfortunately, has proved that he's not up to this task.

29 posted on 08/21/2012 4:19:02 AM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: bimboeruption
Just WHO is the Tea Party Express and Sean RINO-lover Hannity to tell anyone to step down?

Absolutely.

30 posted on 08/21/2012 4:23:23 AM PDT by Post5203 (I bought 6 marines a beer at a bar recently and not one said thanks. I won't do that again.)
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To: Post5203

Could it be because both the TP and Sean DO NOT WANT to see Sen. Clare get re-elected again?


31 posted on 08/21/2012 4:35:08 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Not really politically correct, just concerned about the direction that the country is heading.


32 posted on 08/21/2012 4:36:53 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: philman_36

" Translation - Our girl didn't win so we're going to take Akin down after the fact in any way we can, no matter what, just to show him he's not going to win anything since she wasn't nominated! Oh, yeah, this whole brouhaha is all compleeeeeeetely on the up and up."

Akin brought this mess upon himself. Stop pointing fingers. Be a grownup.

33 posted on 08/21/2012 5:39:16 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert
Akin brought this mess upon himself.
BS! He answered an interview question poorly. BIG WHOOP!

Stop pointing fingers.
You're not my boss! I'll point fingers anywhere I want!

Be a grownup.
Stop cracking your whip like you're in charge of anything.

34 posted on 08/21/2012 6:09:07 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Biggirl

"If the tea party says that it is time for Akin to go, then it looks like it is over for Akin."

Yep. And I think pro-life groups and FRC, et al, should seriously consider the damage that was done to the pro-life movement the last time Democrats won close elections in red states in '06 and '08. (Bart Stupak and his "gang", anyone?). Forgive Akin, ok... but get behind somebody who has a sure chance of winning this Nov.

35 posted on 08/21/2012 6:37:46 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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