Skip to comments.Defiant Akin says he's staying in race
Posted on 08/21/2012 11:30:08 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Republicans are watching the clock as they wait for a defiant Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race following controversial remarks he made about rape and abortion.
The six-term conservative congressman insists he's not quitting -- he said on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's radio show Tuesday afternoon that he's staying in the race.
"I haven't done anything morally or ethically wrong," Akin told Huckabee, saying the backlash against him "does seem like a little bit of an overreaction."
"We are going to continue this race for the U.S. Senate," Akin continued. "We believe taking this stand is going to strengthen our country, going to strengthen, ultimately, the Republican Party."
However, Akin is facing intense pressure from within his own party to drop out of the competitive race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. He could easily do so -- before 5 p.m. Central Time today. If Akin exits today, the state Republican party will have 28 days to replace him on the ballot. If today's deadline passes, Akin could still withdraw from the race before Sept. 25, but if he did so during that window, the Missouri GOP would have to obtain a court order to replace his name on the ballot. After Sept. 25, the state will not change the names on the state ballot, no matter what.
A close Akin confidante tells CBS News that he will consider his standing over the coming weeks in advance of the Sept. 25 deadline.
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Six more years of Claire McCaskill and Harry Reid.
Thanks, Todd. Great decision!
“Six more years of Claire McCaskill and Harry Reid.’
All because of one egotistical politician. Unf-—ing believable.
Can they replace him at this point?
Akin was terminally stupid politically. It does not make a bit of difference if there could have been different words used to convey some sort of understanding about the chances of pregnancy occurring during a violent rape, what he said was terminally asinine.
The most important point is that his actions clearly demonstrate his poor judgment makes him unfit for office. The democrats know that the voters see this lack of judgment and stupidity, so they are rigging things to keep him in the race.
Of course, he and his wife are too stupid and self centered to see this game.
“Akin could still withdraw from the race before Sept. 25, but if he did so during that window, the Missouri GOP would have to obtain a court order to replace his name on the ballot.”
Hopefully we’ll have a Republican judge. Even if he foolishly wants to continue in the race for now, Todd will be forced out of the campaign when his funds dry up and his staff quits. Politicians have to pay the bills as well.
He is making a political calculation like a RINO.
This is all about what works for HIM and not what works for the nation.
The Repub. Senatorial Committee already dumped support for him.
He is toast. It is a stupid mistake but life sucks.
Since he won’t leave on his own, perhaps a third party candidate would be viable. I don’t know MO politics, so it may just be a pipe dream.
Good for him. Democrats can strangle their grandmas; but they still don’t quit about much of anything. I reckon Akin’s still beating McCaskill in the polls. As he said, hasn’t done anything morally or ethically wrong. - It’s strange Obama finally went out to face an adoring press because it looked like the Akin matter required Obama’s immediate attention - not the unemployment, not the economy, not the wars - an AKIN gaffe required his input. - Of course, he and Joe get pass after pass for their gaffes, and for Obama NOT BEING HIS BROTHER’S KEEPER, like he tells us we gotta be!
No, the MO GOP can’t force him out in any legal way. And due to state “sore loser” laws, the runners up in the primary (Steelman, ect.)cannot run as third-party candidates. So, they would have to find someone else, and they launch the mother of all campaign blitzes in order to stand a chance of pulling of a successful third-party candidate backed by the Republicans and conservatives.
Stupidity is going to cost not only the senate but the state of missouri for romney.... and is going to allow the media to keep bashing and connecting and get the democratic convention a huge platform and suddenly the ficticious war on women looks real.
Somebody better make some really serious phone calls in the next couple of hours this is too important. Ronnie needs to come out in front cameras and tell him to drop out there is no ssociation with his beliefs.
There are unconfirmed reports that the money for his new campaign advertisements is coming from leftist groups. Whether true or not, the new sources of money need to be identified and publicized ASAP.
I’m no expert on rape so I won’t contribute to the learned discussion, but I do know that this comb over does not belong in the greatest deliberate body on Earth!
Well, then, we need to help him defeat McCaskill then, right?
Paging Mittens Romney, paging Mittens Romney....
A real Chief Executive would make this call, and pronto.
So now we want to destroy this man because of his strong pro-life stance?
Sure, he expressed himself a bit clumsily, but the content of what he said is right on — that babies are valuable, even if conceived through very painful circumstances. Oh, and that some women say they’ve been raped, when in fact their sexual activity was consensual.
Sometimes FReepers drive me crazy, with their embracing of the mainstream media’s narrative.
If the Senate ends up 50-50 because of this Republicans would be in the majority because Paul Ryan would be the tie vote if Romney wins
Typical politician, they don’t care about the well being of the nation - just about their own political careers.
It’s about winning, and the fact is that the sheeple are swayed by what the media says.....what good is it, if we lose?
You have to be smart, and know the game so as not to give them ammunition....you have to know that the GOP is starting the game behind a couple of touchdowns.
And I suspect, like most politicians, he has no core beliefs, he just plays the role.
When I saw that Todd Akin had won the MO primary, I figured he would be unmercifully exposed as an oddball sometime before November, but I sure didn't think it would happen this fast... nor did I expect it to be this much of an "own goal." I have had, however, no doubts in the last 24 hours that he'd dig in his heels with the help of the congregation; zealots don't listen.
What a despicable douchebag. The House GOP should just expel him.
All the major radio news networks are carrying Akin’s defiance as the top story.
He wants to be an NFL referee?
Give me a break. IT is NOT his pro-life stance that is HIS problem. He has NO clue how to articulate a 'pro-life' attraction. We in Missouri want Clarie gone.... period....
Not some guy on a crusade that has NO clue how to win an election so he can implement his pro-life 'stance'. AND to win Akin needs those haughty high minded moderate so called INDEPENDENTS. NOT to give these liberal snakes venom to hiss so those mushy independents can escape the medias rampant ridicule.
Virtually over night, Todd Akin has elevated (or is that submerged) himself to second place in the “Narcissist of the Year” contest.
Akin is as conservative as they come. He can get out if he wants, but if he decides to stay in all republicans should support him. Are you listening Karl RINO Rove and the GOP?
Or would you rather have the leftist Claire McCaskill win again.
“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 twelve 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.”
Of course not. We want to destroy him because he is a selfish boob who is dragging down the party. Listen to him on Huckabee. He still doesn’t understand what was wrong with his moronic statement. Akin damaged the pro-life cause by playing to the stereotype of an inarticulate, scientifically illiterate, chauvinist rube. There is a basic level of rhetorical competence we must require from our candidates. It’s not about parroting conservative viewpoints and pushing the right button in Congress. Honestly, Akin couldn’t even do that. This guy wasn’t able to competently answer a basic question about an issue that supposedly is near and dear to his heart. What does that say about his master of other issues.
It’s not that his comments were stupid or idiotic, it’s that he sounds like a crackpot. Believing that a woman’s body shuts down the ability to get pregnant as a result of a forcible rape is simply preposterous.
A comparable situation would be if a left-wing House member from an ultra-left wing district won a state-wide Democratic primary to become the Senate nominee, say Keith Ellison or Andre Carson. And this person was quoted as saying that 911 was a plot by Israeli intelligence and George Bush, and that the “hijackers” were really deep-cover Mossad agents.
The Democrats, who excuse a lot in their nominees, would demand that this person step down because he sounded like a crackpot.
Sometimes you can be pro-life and conservative and a crackpot.
Reminds me of the a$$hole ethically-charged Republican who refused to quit the Colorado Gov. race, forcing Tom Tancredo to run 3rd party, and losing to the open-borders, homo-loving Democrat Hickenlooper.
Meet the Chief Elections Official in MO, who would hear the case:
Hi, Im Robin Carnahan, Secretary of State and chief elections official for the state of Missouri. Link.
I don't think there will be much love for the GOP in that room....
Do not trust polls that have not had at least a week on any issue to percolate through the thinking of the voting public. People usually come to the right decision given a little time, and this is of too little time yet to have a rational opinion.
If the Democrats can open this up into another wedge issue to demonstrate the “culture of corruption” among Republicans, and particularly Conservative-leaning candidates, then far more than just one Senate seat is at stake. For those of you who have forgotten, there was a “Macaca moment”, when the loss of a Senate seat in Virginia became inevitable, George Allen was eliminated. And he had been a bright, articulate star that would have stood in line for potential Presidential consideration.
The consequences of Todd Akin NOT stepping aside may be more dreadful than anyone can conceive. As of this moment, Todd Akin is probably trailing Claire McCaskill, and it is not at all certain that he could make up the difference.
“For want of a nail....”
Did anyone hear the woman who called Rush about this, though? She said something like, “We are sick to death of the Party determining who will represent us. We like Akin, and we’ll vote for him. If the Party in DC steps in and ‘gives’ us a new candidate, we will not vote for him” — (my words...). I haven’t followed this closely, but I resonated with her statement.
no its not because of his strong pro-life stance, its because of his political incompetence and his idiotic rape stance.
he is now more toxic that COD and will hurt his party and his causes.
That's what has me scratching my head about this unforced error. He is a six-term congresscritter. He knows how to win.
Flyers about what? In West Virginia, they are that concerned about someone from Missouri?
The check from Soros cleared his account.
Let the Missouri voters decide if this is important enough to put in a Democrat who voted to enslave their medical care.
campaign cash is limited. now that he has proven to be a toxic ,unwinnable moron; cash has to be sent to winnable candidates.
His pro-life stance is absolutely NOT the problem.
An old conservative christian white male politician offering a condescending contrary explanation of how a women's mind and body actually reacts to rape exposes his clueless political instincts.
"Why punish the child?" is all he needed to say. Period. It's a solid position. But, he couldn't help myself.
I would bet money (if I were a betting person) that the woman was a Dem, and likely an attorney (good at lying).