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