Skip to comments.Akin Spokesman to Newsmax: Voters Urged Him to ‘Stay Strong’
Posted on 08/22/2012 12:01:44 AM PDT by Publius804
As Tuesdays deadline slipped by for embattled Rep. Todd Akin to pull out of the Missouri Senate race without penalty, campaign press secretary Ryan Hite told Newsmax in an exclusive interview that the decision came down to Show Me State voters urging their candidate to stay strong.
Speaking shortly after the 5 p.m. Central deadline, Hite said that Akin displayed a sense of confidence throughout the day even as prominent GOP leaders and organizations urged the Republican to give up his Senate bid following earlier comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in case of "legitimate rape."
The attitude behind it was: 'Look heres the deal. Weve got a bunch of people that are calling for me to step down and are calling for me to move on as the nominee and to give this position to the GOP to pick someone, but there are an incredible amount of people standing up and saying look, we the Missouri primary voters pick you in this primary election to run against Claire McCaskill, Hite explained.
You need to stand up and stay strong because youre the one that we want to contrast against McCaskill's voting record, said Hite. He felt very strongly about that and the support was very encouraging and thats what the decision boiled down to for him.
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This is a prime example of campaign workers needing jobs and, IMO, a wife who wants to be the wife of a Senator.
He’s listening to those closest to him who have everything to lose if he drops out.
He didn’t know that the PPP poll was so wildly slanted...+9 Republican...until Hannity told him on the radio.
If you look at CAC’s reflections...and MATH...on our chances of taking the Senate, we are still in good shape, even if Ma Claire wins.
O/T but this is an “I told you so” moment for Sarah, and she declined to rub it in their faces. Classy lady!
I hope we can still take the Senate Akin is a selfish SOB who is totally divorced from reality. His lack of judgement shows he is unfit for office and that is saying something with the group currently occupying our political class.
“This is a prime example of campaign workers needing jobs and, IMO, a wife who wants to be the wife of a Senator.”
But they won’t.
That must be the first time in three election ccycles you have a PPP poll so heavily slanted in favour of the GOP candidate - I wonder why? /s
He’s got the people around him, who depend on their pay checks, telling him he can win this.
He’s turned off his phones and email, so he might be rather insulated as to the negative response to his decision to stay in.
I agree...he is unfit for political office because he can’t articulate as well as he should.
That was the most stupid statement I’ve ever seen in my life.
How many times have you seen a Republican candidate to be so favored by the left that the dems vote for him?
Rush’s Operation Chaos in reverse.
That’s how he won the primary.
Those comments were completely off the wall. This is such a close election year with so much at stake - we need our best in the arena and this doddering fool is not up to it. He frankly disgusts me. Akin hurts our cause in numerous ways.
I think she did rub their faces in it on Greta when she 'endorsed' a third party run by Steelman.
Things are really tight, but she's the only candidate I'll give money to this fall. She's not even in my state but what Akin did (or rather refused to do) is over the top.
I’m not inclined to call him a doddering old fool.
Frankly, I think he’s been cut off from reality. Someone shut down his phones and email.
There are forces at work that we don’t know about because most people would have dropped out by now.
“I think she did rub their faces in it on Greta when she ‘endorsed’ a third party run by Steelman.”
I disagree. She didn’t rub their faces in it.
That was clearly a shot across the Republican’s bow.
Target hit! ;o)
I guess his absolute selfishness in the face of what could have been an easy Republican pick up has really ticked me off. There is so much on the line in this election - he is a liability the Republicans do not need.
I hear ya’, bro’.
I still think we will be okay, and pick up the Senate. I don’t think this will hurt Romney/Ryan.
Though, I will admit that the thought of Obama’s favorite Senator being back for another six years is nauseating.
I think we can extrapolate and say the "voters" urging Akin to "stay strong" are Democrats.
Just can’t help but think the dirty libs are behind this.
I’ve been defending the guy. Got a problem with that?
I do - supporting Akin may end up costing the lives of tens of thousands of unborn babies if obamacasre doesn't end up getting repealed. You may end up with blood on your hands because you are too hard headed to deal with the political reality of the situation.
On the other hand, the attentions span of the media and average voters can be measured in days, not weeks or months. This will pass out of sight as soon as another “crisis” comes along.
>> the political reality of the situation
Ah yes, the politically stigmatized — the Palin effect.
The man’s odd presentation triggered hysteria despite his committed defense of Life. I gather his intent is irrelevant. If only he was endowed with the requisite savoir-faire that would comfort the stalwart conservative base.
Blood on my hands? Go pound sand.
Akin has Assad Delirium Syndrome... Or is that Kim Jong-il Derangement Syndrome? My people love me!!!!