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Akin Spokesman to Newsmax: Voters Urged Him to ‘Stay Strong’
Newsmax ^ | 21 Aug 2012 | Paul Scicchitano

Posted on 08/22/2012 12:01:44 AM PDT by Publius804

As Tuesday’s 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 here’s the deal. We’ve 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 you’re 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 that’s what the decision boiled down to for him.”

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; akin; gaffe
Todd Akin is Claire McCaskill's favorite Republican. He is both delusional and selfish. He is the problem with the political class who will try to cling to power no matter what the cost. Even if he does win - he is toxic - period.
1 posted on 08/22/2012 12:01:53 AM PDT by Publius804
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To: Publius804

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!


2 posted on 08/22/2012 12:11:48 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: dixiechick2000

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.


3 posted on 08/22/2012 12:15:19 AM PDT by Publius804 (Buckle up - with Obama at the controls it's gonna be a bumpy ride. God help us.)
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To: dixiechick2000

“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.


4 posted on 08/22/2012 12:21:05 AM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: dixiechick2000

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


5 posted on 08/22/2012 12:23:03 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Publius804

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.


6 posted on 08/22/2012 12:31:30 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: ScaniaBoy

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.


7 posted on 08/22/2012 12:33:55 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: dixiechick2000

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.


8 posted on 08/22/2012 12:34:55 AM PDT by Publius804 (Buckle up - with Obama at the controls it's gonna be a bumpy ride. God help us.)
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To: dixiechick2000
this is an “I told you so” moment for Sarah, and she declined to rub it in their faces. Classy lady!

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.

9 posted on 08/22/2012 12:36:41 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Publius804

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.


10 posted on 08/22/2012 12:48:25 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

“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)


11 posted on 08/22/2012 12:50:47 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: dixiechick2000

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.


12 posted on 08/22/2012 12:52:35 AM PDT by Publius804 (Buckle up - with Obama at the controls it's gonna be a bumpy ride. God help us.)
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To: Publius804

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.


13 posted on 08/22/2012 12:57:39 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: Publius804; All
Looking around FR, which has it's share of conservatives, there's about a dozen or so defending him and wanting him to fight on.

I think we can extrapolate and say the "voters" urging Akin to "stay strong" are Democrats.

14 posted on 08/22/2012 1:33:16 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 75 days away.)
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To: Publius804

Just can’t help but think the dirty libs are behind this.


15 posted on 08/22/2012 1:49:44 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: newzjunkey

I’ve been defending the guy. Got a problem with that?


16 posted on 08/22/2012 1:57:11 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Gene Eric
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.

17 posted on 08/22/2012 2:40:22 AM PDT by MrShoop
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To: MrShoop

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.


18 posted on 08/22/2012 3:13:46 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: MrShoop

>> 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.


19 posted on 08/22/2012 3:14:16 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Publius804

Akin has Assad Delirium Syndrome... Or is that Kim Jong-il Derangement Syndrome? My people love me!!!!


20 posted on 08/22/2012 3:37:43 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Gene Eric

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.


21 posted on 08/22/2012 4:05:51 AM PDT by the808bass
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To: Publius804

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.


22 posted on 08/22/2012 4:25:02 AM PDT by tegan48
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To: Publius804

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.


23 posted on 08/22/2012 4:31:12 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: windsorknot

What Money? He can’t get a dime


24 posted on 08/22/2012 4:34:04 AM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: newzjunkey

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.


25 posted on 08/22/2012 4:35:48 AM PDT by PA BOOKENDS
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To: Publius804

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.


26 posted on 08/22/2012 4:36:25 AM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: Publius804

Hey toddie... check your internals on Thursday and get back to us... jerk.

LLS


27 posted on 08/22/2012 4:37:34 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Sarah speaking at the romney convention would be like Led Zeppelin opening for The Monkees)
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To: Publius804
God gave Todd Akin the ability to run his brain and the ability to run his mouth, but apparently not both at the same time. People need to realize that this latest gaff is only the worst in a series of blunders, all made when Akin was trying to explain some core conservative beliefs that people in the country could sign on to. Instead of explaining how he didn't think that the federal government should have such an overreaching authority in education and that instead the states should exercise it he instead talks about how he doesn't think the government should be providing subsidized student lunches, thus appearing like he wants to starve poor students. Instead of talking about how federally subsidized student loans have grown to a frightening level as students go hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to pursue useless degrees, he calls student loans a cancer thus appearing like he's against college education for middle class students and any support for families trying to improve their children's future. He is a walking, talking soundbite for the McCaskill campaign and her single best asset for re-election. He is, literally, Joe Biden on steroids.

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.

28 posted on 08/22/2012 4:57:25 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Publius804

Wonder how many emails Claire sent him? Maybe she’ll let him work in her St. Louis office after she wins.


29 posted on 08/22/2012 5:00:36 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Gene Eric

“I’ve been defending the guy. Got a problem with that?”
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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.


30 posted on 08/22/2012 5:11:23 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Publius804

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


31 posted on 08/22/2012 6:17:25 AM PDT by BizzeeMom
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To: dixiechick2000

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.

WTF!!!!!!!!!


32 posted on 08/22/2012 6:40:58 AM PDT by tbg681
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To: stanz

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..


33 posted on 08/22/2012 6:45:10 AM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: Russ

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.


34 posted on 08/22/2012 9:53:34 AM PDT by MrShoop
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To: Gene Eric
Of course the outcome much more important than the intent! It is so sadly naive to think otherwise. Ever here the saying: The road to hell is paved with good Intentions? Let's feed the poor by redistributing wealth. Whoops, destroyed the economy, but I guess that's ok because the intent was good. That is the core liberal philosophy you're sticking to.

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.

35 posted on 08/22/2012 10:22:57 AM PDT by MrShoop
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To: the808bass

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.


36 posted on 08/22/2012 7:28:29 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: House Atreides

>> 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.


37 posted on 08/22/2012 7:38:32 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: MrShoop

>> 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.


38 posted on 08/22/2012 8:22:58 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: tbg681

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.


39 posted on 08/22/2012 11:45:08 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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