Skip to comments.Embattled Rep. Akin Stands Up Piers Morgan and CNN
Posted on 08/21/2012 3:39:53 AM PDT by Kaslin
After a convoluted series of events, embattled GOP Senate nominee Todd Akin stood up CNN host Piers Morgan in prime time tonight and set the stage for a fundraising drive that Akin hopes would keep him in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri. Outraged, Morgan called Akin a "gutless little twerp" before saying that the Congressman has an open invitation to appear on the show.
Both Piers Morgan and showrunner Jonathan Wald alerted the world that Akin would be appearing on CNN at 9pm to discuss his controversial comments regarding rape, pregnancy and abortion, and to discuss the widespread GOP calls for dismissing himself from the GOP nomination.
Shortly afterwards, however, Dana Loesch reached out to the Akin campaign and discovered that Rep. Akin was not to appear on CNN.
Which is how we ended up looking at Piers Morgan and an empty chair at 9pm.
Earlier today, the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced that they would not be spending money to support Akin, and GOP Super PAC American Crossroads followed suit. In a bid to raise some money after these abandonments, Akin launched a fundraising drive this evening, saying "I'm in this to the end" and "I've just begun to fight."
The people from Missouri who elected me know Im not perfect. They dont make perfect people. We all make mistakes. When you make a mistake you to tell people youre sorry, you dont try and hide it. I made a mistake and Im sorry, Akin says in the email. I have just begun to fight and Im in this race to the end!
Akin has until tomorrow evening to leave his race for the Senate seat from Missouri if the Republicans are to have any chance of replacing him on the ticket.
This does not look good more and more for Akin.
Akin looks like a complete moron now...He’s toast.
I believe this means he will stay in the race. The prayer service he had probably concluded this and he didn’t want to go on a liberal show. He’s in it to win it now. I think he has a long chance but if he fights back he may just win.
He’s lost much of the woman vote.
Replace him today.
Look for Akin to be replaced by one of the runner-ups.
Unless he steps down this will be the front page news mantra of the next few months and he will be pegged the poster child for the “Republican’s War On Women”. They’re probably making the ads now. This is no longer a statewide issue.
I think I’d go out and find a conservative female minister from the state and just ‘bless’ her to run for his office instead.
IMHO we had a chance at 60 in the Senate, and he as FUBAR'd that and with his hubris may comdemn us to a 50 to 51 Senate by staying in the race. That slim majority and make life absolutely flippin' misrable to get anything done in the next 4 years.
It is way beyond his time for him to go, "Sarah" called it again w/ her Steelman endorsement, who knew this guy would self destruct...
This idiot a) is selfish as hell-—not very fitting for a Christian claiming to want to serve, and b) will certainly cost us the MO senate seat and possibly the senate majority, and c) even possibly MO as a now safe presidential state. Course, all the Romney-haters would love that. Barn burners of the worst sort.
Just heard a news report on Fox News on the radio that Akin isn`t quitting. Instead, he`s begun an apology tour.
I despise McCaskill, but backing Akin in the primary was an absolutely brilliant tactic. They knew he`d fumble....and he did.
And now the GOP is stuck with him.
I can’t see his fund raising drive leaving the launch pad.
How do you step in it like he did and then expect anyone to send you money?
An azzhole like Piers Morgan calling me a gutless little twerp , I would go there just to punch him in his mouth.
It’s easy to pop off and call someone names when he doesn’t expect any consequences, That’s what America has become. A nation where there are no consequences for pretty boys with big mouths.
Akin is a complete moron. He will now become the poster boy for the anti-Conservative Democrat movement. He will stay in the race because his ego will not accept that he is a total fail. Yes, he actually believes he really can win. This clown will do serious damage to the Republican hope of recapturing the Senate. I pray I am proven wrong.
Morgan is right.. Akin is a twerp.
If Akin gave two sh*ts about the COUNTRY and not his EGO, he would call a press conference five minutes from now and announce he`s withdrawing from the campaign in order to preserve whatever faint, flickering chance the GOP has of booting Harry Reid out as majority leader in the Senate.
But it`s become all about Akin`s self-pride. So we`re all screwed.
I went back and forth on this. FReepers (not the msm) have convinced me that the Akin must go. He put the bullets in both his feet and he obviously can’t dance no mo.
Delusional. Someone close to him needs to reach him and get him to quit. He will be the laughing stock for the rest of his life if he doesn’t walk away now. Sad that he let his fumbling explaination define who he is. He is a real flame and burner.
Akin, through his intransigence, may also cost Romney the state of Missouri. Can anyone imagine a path to victory WITHOUT Missouri`s EVs? Neither can I.
Akin is a self-loving guy who is woefully unconscious about the damage he has already done by opening his mouth and making the most ridiculous statement about rape that anyone could. Didn’t he learn basic physiology anywhere in his lifetime?
Now, he’s pissed off the women voters and has alarmed conservatives that he is a “loos cannon” and may go nuts at any time and say anything totally out of this world.
Yes...get him the hell out of office. However he won’t go because he got rich in office and has enjoyed many, many trips, gifts and favors from his crony affiliates while in office and does not want to lose future “gifts.”
He has political leprosy and needs to shut up and get the hell out of office.
“I would go there just to punch him in his mouth.”
If Akin had gone there, as he agreed to do, Morgan wouldn’t have had the chance to call him a gutless little twerp.
Everything this guy does just makes things worse. But he keeps digging.
I believe it would be best if Aiken left, and I also believe he will not. He will screw up the Missourri election badly.
Aiken is an idiot about biology, but that doesn’t make him a twerp. Maybe now he will grow a pair and actually become a fighter. I guess we will see.It would be fun to watch a Republican who was a fighter for a change. What has he got to lose? He is toast otherwise. He already stepped in it, might as well stop pussyfooting.
It is time for his staff to resign en masse, but I haven’t seen any reports what they might be thinking.
Yes, he can “fight,” but to what end? He`s now radioactive, will have no funding to speak of, and he`s going to draw out the liberal base in Missouri, likely costing Romney that state if he sticks around until November.
By himself, he has altered not only the likely balance of power in the Senate, but the national election as well. If he is truly patriotic and will put the country first, he`ll step aside today. What he does between now and 5 p.m. CDT will tell us everything we need to know about what kind of man he is. He sounds more like someone driven by pride and ego, so I`m not hopeful.
CNN lost their opportunity to further trash Akin; cannot be too big a loss for Akin; the viewership for CNN is minimal. Who notices an empty chair in an empty stadium?
Good for Akin for not wasting his time with a media intent on making Republicans look bad. Where is the empty chair for Biden?
Will someone please explain
EVERYONE has blown this way out of proportion. The guy misspoke! (57 states). The Dems, the press, and the REPUBLICANS have all joined forces to destroy this man. A God fearing man. I hope he stays in and proves you all wrong.
Do you believe that he thinks there is such a thing as a “legitimate” rape? Of course you don't. So why are you crucifying him?
He doesn't believe in the rape & incest exceptions, EITHER SHOULD YOU! Why is it okay to murder the child in those cases? Is it less of a child? If you are opposed to abortion, yet support the exceptions, who do you think you are.....GOD? SHAME, shame on you.
I just saw his Dem opponent on Fox this morning defending him and complaining that the GOP leadership was trying to get him to step down. Clair was just so upset! That ought to tell us something right there!
I don’t get it what the problem is that everyone has with Todd Akin. According to vote smart.org Todd Akin is 100% pro life
The fact is not that he made a stupid statement...the fact is that he opened the door for the “male haters” to slam him for his perceived beliefs and that smears “hate sauce” all over every other Republican in the eyes of these women...many who are registered Republicans.
He has become a “lightning rod” for the Democrats (mostly women) and man hating women in the Republican party to scream and have fits over his statement...all in the name of advancement of the destruction of freedom of speech.
I agree with you, and I feel even if he does stay and fight he wil just dig himself deeper. I was trying to put a better slant on i, but I truly believe he is just another politician who has fallen in love with the perks of office and just cannot give them up.
I guess we will know this evening.
Akin’s stupid. However the GOP is stupid as well for being so quick to throw him under the bus. The GOP should not have announced they are pulling all funding. It’s like they’re giving the seat to McCaskill now.