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!!!!
It is incumbent upon a politician seeking the votes and support of the populace to be able to coomunicate in a clear and effective manner.
Akin failed at that dreadfully in the initial offending interview with Jaco. Then, in all of his “do-overs” with Hannity, Loesch and Huckabee, he still demonstrated a complete inability to articulate his position in an emotionally compelling or intellectually stimulating way. It’s not about “requisite savior faire.” It’s about baseline communication abilities and he ain’t got em.
One wonders if his completely impenetrable House District has numbed his ability and/or need to articulate his position in a more hostile environment.
Akin and his supporters must really hate America. This selfish arrogant jerk is ensuring that McCaskill will win the Senate and probably keep the Senate in Democratic hands. Also he’s making it much harder for Romney to win Missouri and therefore the presidency.
I hope everyone supporting Akin is happy when we are stuck with a Democratic Senate and four more years of Obama. And don’t forget Obama will probably get to name a few more Supreme Court justices. Akin is the best thing that’s happened for Obama this year.
Akin is like the captain of a ship that has hit an iceberg, but refuses to acknowledge the huge tear in the side of his ship.
What Money? He can’t get a dime
Knowing that Palin (whom I admire greatly) does not support him, and knowing nothing about him before this incident, I still think he should stay in -— and that the circular firing squad should shoulder arms.
He said something stupid, granted, but he didn’t DO anything wrong -— no DUIs, no rapes (whether they resulted in pregnancy or not), no harassment, no letting a young woman drown in a car -— need I go on? If every politician who said something stupid had to withdraw, we’d have noone serving in any local, state or federal office!
(Ok, so maybe that would be a good thing.)
I’m tired of Republicans whimpering, “How high?” whenever the media and the dems say “jump”.
How many times have we heard admonitions to “just admit your mistake; people will forgive. The worst thing is to cover it up.” Well, he admitted it and apologized, so let’s set the forgiveness example and move on.
You are sooooo manipulated by the press.
You are getting hauled by Rules for Radicals. Make the oppositon live up to their perfect standards. This is a good way of picking them off.
Learn to ignore the leftist press. People really dont care, the economy is the issue.
Hey toddie... check your internals on Thursday and get back to us... jerk.
I don't think Akin believes rape is an insignificant thing, or that its effect on its victims is minor. But in trying to explain why he didn't believe that the horror of rape should be compounded by the tragedy of an abortion he came off that way. But that's Akin. It's what he does. It's what he'll continue to do. He is not the right candidate for the Missouri Senate seat. And he needs to realize that.
Wonder how many emails Claire sent him? Maybe she’ll let him work in her St. Louis office after she wins.
“Ive been defending the guy. Got a problem with that?”
Well I don’t. I was defending him for several days until I learned more about him and the situation. But I learned that I WAS BEING STUPID AND IGNORANT and, realizing this, changed based upon my new knowledge. So, just as I had that right, you also have the right to be stupid and ignorant and act accordingly. And you can stay and revel in that ignorance but I’m praying that Akin, his advisors and his family wake up and do the right thing—and do it SOON.
The longer Akin delays withdrawal, the more damage he does to the people and principles he CLAIMS to believe in.
Ryan Hite said Akin received an “outpouring of support” in the form of calls and emails....but I thought I’d read he had been incommunicado for the past couple days. Curious.
I live in Missouri, not in his district but not too far away. Here’s the thing: his district is rather homogeneous, wealthy and conservative. He’s not faced much competition there. Also, he’s been a major champion of homeschooling...there are a LOT of homeschoolers in his district and there are a lot of us in Missouri and it’s a strong lobby. Nothing wrong with that, I’m just pointing out that he does most likely still have that support.
I didn’t vote for him, was surprised he won, and suspect Democratic crossover in the open primary was a factor. I’m a pro life homeschooler, and appreciate that he is also, but.... he needs wider appeal to win statewide office. Nice man I’m sure, unfortunately (painfully obviously) he doesn’t articulate his positions to people outside his “bubble” very well.
I was hoping he’d step aside quickly and let someone else lead. “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one” Spock
I’d call Akin alot worse than a dondering old fool...
...he is a moronic, delusional, selfish, greedy POS.
Only the Republican Party could produce...and then fail to get rid of...a worthless scumbag like this.
Wait...if he was merely wothless it would be a giganic improvement. As it is, this hammerhead could cost those of us who oppose Communist USA a national election.
But the “babies” will be safe...right.
Hey Mom, I’ve been wondering what your take is on Akin..
In case anyone wondered, Gov. Palin is my kind of woman.. (/understatement) Her take is always worth hearing and for the most part, I trust her opinion in almost every political, emotional, moral, principles..
However, there are times my knee-jerk reaction on some topics are so deep-seeded, that even at the advice of Palin, Rush, or our nominee et al, I take exception..
This appears to be one of those times, not because I think this guy was smart with his stupid comments to a lib commentator.. It’s because I don’t like being told what I should think by a Liberal media, and commie pundits..
Also, I don’t entirely disagree with Akin’s point, that there are times that even some WOMEN LIE, about stuff, (GASP!!)and even in claiming something as horrendous as rape, if the lie gives an advantage in getting them what they want!
In this case getting to kill their baby through abortion, because they didn’t take the appropriate steps to avoid pregnancy.. IE: legitimate rape..
Only true of democratic crises. Did ‘macaca’ blow over for george allen? I guarantee you this issue not only does not go away, but will show up nationally throughout the campaign. It will show up multiple times in the presidentdial debates. Dems and the MSM will use this as a wedge issue to try and pull women’s votes. INstead of this election being about Obama destroying the economy, it will be about abortion.
The stakes are so high in this election, you can't be blinded by this stuff. OF course you will have blood on your hands for supporting Akin if he loses. Do you think you can live a consequence free life? I'll leave you with this: James 4:17 - Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
I agree with your points, but the visceral hostility directed at his inarticulate defense of Life expresses a sharply different priority and point of view.
>> And you can stay and revel in that ignorance
My defense of Akin involves criticism of the irrational, hostile reaction to his original statements.
Regarding his candidacy, that’s for the people of Missouri to decide, not me.
>> The road to hell is paved with good Intentions?
>> That is the core liberal philosophy you’re sticking to.
You’re referring to the context of policy, I’m referring to the intended meaning of his remarks. But you already know that.
>> James 4:17 - Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
I never stated my position on whether or not Akin should stand down. That’s for Missouri to decide.
I have to disagree. I think he’s a good man, and believe he’s been listening to the wrong people. His campaign staff have cut off his phones and email for the last three days.
Campaign operatives need to have a job, and I believe they are telling him that he can win.
I understand he was in Tampa today, meeting with party officials.
We’ll see what comes from that.