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Todd Akin Opens Door to Possible Exit
ABC News ^ | August 22, 2012 | George Stephanopoulos

Posted on 08/22/2012 10:38:01 AM PDT by EveningStar

Here’s what Missouri Congressman Todd Akin said when I asked if he was in the race to stay – even if it looked like he would lose and possibly cost Republicans control of the Senate.

“Well George, I’m never going to say everything that could possibly happen. I don’t know the future, but I do know this. I knew that the party voters took a look at our hearts, understood who we were, had a chance to meet us in many, many different ways and made a decision,” Akin told me. “And it makes me uncomfortable to think that the party bosses are going to dictate who runs as opposed to the election process.”

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(Reuters) Akin still defiant, but leaves door open to quitting Senate race
1 posted on 08/22/2012 10:38:11 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

This is how the media chooses our candidates


2 posted on 08/22/2012 10:40:23 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: EveningStar

I think if Rand Paul or Mike Huckabe asked him to leave he would.


3 posted on 08/22/2012 10:40:47 AM PDT by Perdogg (Mutts for Mitt all agree - Better in the crate than on the plate)
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To: GeronL
This is how the media chooses our candidates.

He self selected.

4 posted on 08/22/2012 10:42:24 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: GeronL

Rush, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and several other conservative talk show hosts, plus (from what I can see) the majority of Freepers want this gentleman to step down, for the sake of the country.

I agree.


5 posted on 08/22/2012 10:42:38 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (John Roberts did more to endanger the lives of Americans than all 9/11 hijackers combined.)
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To: EveningStar

Akin needs to stand strong against the Yellow Bellied RINO’s and their sycophants in the MSM who want to destroy a Strong Pro LIfe Conservative.


6 posted on 08/22/2012 10:42:48 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Uncle Slayton

“...Yellow Bellied RINO’s and their sycophants in the MSM...”

You mean like:

Tea Party Express?

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/20/tea-party-express-calls-on-akin-to-step-down/


7 posted on 08/22/2012 10:44:44 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (John Roberts did more to endanger the lives of Americans than all 9/11 hijackers combined.)
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To: Perdogg
Who cares? This is an issue for MO voters. The GOP/Conservative movement needs to quit falling for every distraction the Democrat/Media propaganda mill drums up and stay on message.

It still the ECONOMY people.

8 posted on 08/22/2012 10:44:49 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Uncle Slayton

As my mother was always fond of saying, “Is this the hill you want to die on?”

Do we really want to risk not getting control of the Senate, and with it our last, best shot of repealing Obamacare and undoing the other destructive stuff Obama has done to our country, to make a point on principle about how the media should not be allowed to choose our candidates for us?

For me the stakes are too high. We can fight that battle about the media some other day.


9 posted on 08/22/2012 10:45:39 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: EveningStar

If a serious third party candidate materializes and starts drawing support, old Toddy boy will probably take the hint. It must suck to be him. I wonder how many people are showing up at his appearances. Word is that he’s still polling slightly ahead of McCaskill. It sucks more to be her.


10 posted on 08/22/2012 10:45:51 AM PDT by Harley (Life is Tough, But it's going to get a lot Tougher if you vote for Obama in Nov.)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

I agree. Maybe it would help if people thought about how 64% of Republican voters in the primary chose someone else, and both Steelman and Brunner were beating McCaskill before the primary by 6% (compared to Akin beating McCaskill by 3% before he “self selected” as someone said).


11 posted on 08/22/2012 10:46:21 AM PDT by DaveInDallas
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

time for another lefty RINO Senator?? Cuz that is what we will get.


12 posted on 08/22/2012 10:48:18 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: EveningStar

Don’t do it Akin. You will win and do great things in the Senate. 3 months is an ETERNITY...not even 48 hours yet....keep strong!!! A conservative in the Senate will be wonderful. In fact, we will take you and have Scott Brown go away.


13 posted on 08/22/2012 10:48:38 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: Uncle Slayton

The akin fool strapped on his own suicide vest and the people are trying to keep him from becoming a murderer with his stupidity.


14 posted on 08/22/2012 10:50:33 AM PDT by soycd
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To: EveningStar

Causes me to wonder whether Akin is negotiating behind the scene with GOPe and trying to retire wealthy.

Or, more simply stated, they didn’t reach ‘his’ price yesterday.


15 posted on 08/22/2012 10:50:32 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: DaveInDallas

Have called for Akin to step down for the sake of the country:

Rush Limbaugh
Sarah Palin
Sean Hannity
Mark Levin
Tea Party Express
Charles Krauthammer
Dennis Prager
Ann Coulter
National Review editorial board
Hugh Hewitt

etc etc etc


16 posted on 08/22/2012 10:52:39 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (John Roberts did more to endanger the lives of Americans than all 9/11 hijackers combined.)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

Christian conservative radio hosts Steve Deace and Mike Gallagher have stated in no uncertain terms that they want Akin to stay in.


17 posted on 08/22/2012 10:53:05 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: Uncle Slayton; GeronL

Have called for Akin to step down for the sake of the country:

Rush Limbaugh
Sarah Palin
Sean Hannity
Mark Levin
Tea Party Express
Charles Krauthammer
Dennis Prager
Ann Coulter
National Review editorial board
Hugh Hewitt
Scott Walker

etc etc etc


18 posted on 08/22/2012 10:54:18 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (John Roberts did more to endanger the lives of Americans than all 9/11 hijackers combined.)
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To: MNJohnnie

No... It is a nice easy slow ball down the center of the plate for every Democrat. Warren is mentioning it now in MA and it will certainly spread. Just like saying the Mark Foley issue was only the business of a single district in Florida.


19 posted on 08/22/2012 10:55:00 AM PDT by paul544
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To: Uncle Slayton

Anyone who needs to use a “comb over” is to be studied at very carefully!

I know this is a “Rat” site but it’s worth a read. http://missouridems.org/content/report-akin-secured-31-million-earmarks-campaign-donors


20 posted on 08/22/2012 10:56:10 AM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: soycd

“The akin fool strapped on his own suicide vest and the people are trying to keep him from becoming a murderer with his stupidity.”

How could you say such a thing about a man who has fought for years for the Conservative cause and for Unborn Babies?

Akin is a hero and deserves our support as he fights against the liberal media, spineless RINO’s and socialist-godless democrats.


21 posted on 08/22/2012 10:57:17 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: paul544

caller on Rush wants to look into Akin’s finances. Thinks he was a plant.


22 posted on 08/22/2012 10:57:17 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: napscoordinator

Absolutely, Akin has plenty of time to clarify his beliefs to the voters. There will be debates, correct? Most of the people who would have voted for him are Christians and understand the concept of forgiveness, unlike coldhearted, power-hungry political consultants who would throw their grandmother under the bus to win an election. If Akin’s poll numbers tank and stay there, then he should resign, just as Romney should since Romney can’t get above Obama in the polls. But he should be given a second chance to redeem himself after one isolated mistake.


23 posted on 08/22/2012 10:57:55 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: EveningStar

Remember when Akin said, “It’s not about me.”? Well it’s probably about the money though. Word is starting to leak out that he’s staying in because he was paid to stay in. Who would pay him to stay in? I can think of several Democratic linked organizations. Primary is Soros.


24 posted on 08/22/2012 10:58:53 AM PDT by Harley (Life is Tough, But it's going to get a lot Tougher if you vote for Obama in Nov.)
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To: massgopguy

A caller to Dennis Prager’s show said this situation has been made into a far worse problem because of a spineless Republican party who doesn’t defend their own and who refused to help clarify Akin’s remarks. He’s right.


25 posted on 08/22/2012 10:59:08 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: EveningStar
The headline is BS. This is what he said:

"The people of Missouri chose me, and I don't believe it's right for party bosses to decide to override those voters," Akin said. "It makes me uncomfortable to think that the party bosses are going to dictate who runs, as opposed to the election process."

26 posted on 08/22/2012 10:59:56 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: paul544

As I said in a previous post on another thread, we gotta gop guy running for congress here in upstate NY, and he’s already having to field questions on ‘legitimate rape’. Doing a good job, but why should he have to deal with this?

I’m as pro-life as the next person. But is this what we want our candidates to spend the next 3 months fielding questions about?


27 posted on 08/22/2012 11:01:12 AM PDT by jimjohn
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To: EveningStar

I heard all over the place that the deadline was yesterday at 5:00. It was almost like a countdown. And then after five I heard The deadline was 6:00.

And now we’re talking about him stepping aside a day later?!

What changed?

Can we trust nothing we hear on the news any more?


28 posted on 08/22/2012 11:02:18 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: GeronL

Akins isn’t leaving and we need to support him.


29 posted on 08/22/2012 11:03:02 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

And you think the Missouri voters who are obviously unhappy with Obama and the Democrats will suddenly turn around and give them their stamp of approval just because Akin made one confusing statement that he quickly clarified and retracted?

Whether Akin withdraws or not, Dems will take his remarks out of context and use them to try and say all Republicans hate women or whatever. So that ain’t going away no matter what Akin does now. His apology didn’t make it go away and withdrawing won’t.


30 posted on 08/22/2012 11:03:19 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: Uncle Slayton

He’s a fool and a selfish fool at that, clearly NOT interested in the country or in defeating Obamacare but “me, me, me.” It is the worst of all sins, vanity.


31 posted on 08/22/2012 11:03:53 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: jimjohn
I hate to say it but the GOP is held to higher standard with the help of the Media

Thats the way it is

32 posted on 08/22/2012 11:04:38 AM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: paul544

Nope because you complete missed the fact that Foley was about corruption in the GOP leadership and their attempts to protect him

I have to laugh that the same people who lectured us endlessly about how we had to put social issues on the back burn and focus on economic issues in 2012 are now falling into the exact same trap they accuse Soc Cons of falling into.

Instead of keeping the focus ON the dominate issue of the economy, the GOP/Conservative movement is letting the Democrat propaganda machine suck them into this non debate.

The Conservative/GOP movement is winning big all over the place. They needs to stop spending all their time fretting about what the Dems are doing and start making the Dems worry about what we are doing.


33 posted on 08/22/2012 11:04:54 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: JediJones
Whether Akin withdraws or not, Dems will take his remarks out of context and use them to try and say all Republicans hate women or whatever.

Yep. You can't unstep out of 'macaca'.
34 posted on 08/22/2012 11:05:52 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: EveningStar

Why is this guy talking to Obama cheerleader in chief Stephy anyway? This compounds the original stupidity.

On the other hand, if the fate of the entire country hangs on the election of one senator from Missouri, we’re in the kind of trouble it won’t be that easy to get out of.


35 posted on 08/22/2012 11:07:13 AM PDT by Argus
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

And the MIssouri GOP will replace Rep. Akin with a Romney-McCain RINO who cannot win in November.


36 posted on 08/22/2012 11:07:47 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: MNJohnnie
I have to laugh that the same people who lectured us endlessly about how we had to put social issues on the back burn and focus on economic issues in 2012 are now falling into the exact same trap they accuse Soc Cons of falling into.

They won't miss their chance to take out a conservative and replace him with a liberal-moderate.

37 posted on 08/22/2012 11:10:11 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
Yes, DNMFoHE. Rush just said that "Akin now sees himself as a martyr." Rush also said that "this is the *country* that we're talking about."

Akin is now, unequivicably, a straight up LIAR, with his laughable "tweet" that it's the Liberal media who is trying to push him to step down.

He's showing his "nutjob" now--he's fully aware that the "Liberal media" is the LAST "group" that would even *begin* to want him out.

This is SERIOUSLY offensive.

I dare ANYone to say, with a straight face, that Akin is being honest about his latest *claim.*

38 posted on 08/22/2012 11:11:24 AM PDT by Miss Behave (All ways, always.)
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To: cuban leaf
Yesterday at 5:00 was the easy drop out deadline. He can still withdraw until Sept. 25th, but it requires court approval and the campaign is responsible for the cost of ballot reprints. After Sept. 25th, too late.

My personal opinion is there are negotiations occurring under the radar. Whatever money it costs to buy him out would be well spent.

39 posted on 08/22/2012 11:12:48 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Perdogg

I think if Jesus glorified appeared to him and told him to drop out, he’d say “Get thee behind me, Satan!”


40 posted on 08/22/2012 11:14:48 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: massgopguy
caller on Rush wants to look into Akin’s finances. Thinks he was a plant.

So who paid off Rush to call Sandra Fluke a "slut?" It's absolutely disgusting to spread rumors about a man like Akin who seems perfectly decent over one simple, innocent, mistaken statement. This is politics at its most immoral, cowardly and evil. Let's leave the "ends justify the means" garbage to the godless Democrats.

41 posted on 08/22/2012 11:14:56 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Is this a$$hat going to talk to every single leftist media personality in the world now? First he signed up for Piers Morgan and thankfully begged off, now he went to go see Lauer and Stephanopholous, what’s next, sitting on a couch with Oprah, Babs and the gals?


42 posted on 08/22/2012 11:17:13 AM PDT by PhxTM06
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

Just your typical bunch of RINOs.


43 posted on 08/22/2012 11:18:19 AM PDT by stop_fascism (Love your country, but never trust its government - R.A. Heinlein)
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To: Miss Behave

Unequivocally


44 posted on 08/22/2012 11:18:19 AM PDT by Miss Behave (All ways, always.)
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To: LS
He’s a fool and a selfish fool at that, clearly NOT interested in the country or in defeating Obamacare but “me, me, me.” It is the worst of all sins, vanity.

You talking about Romney? He's currently losing badly against a President with approval in the toilet and a shattered economy. And he's allowing a huge issue to distract from the campaign by not releasing his tax returns for selfish, foolish reasons. If we want a truly perfect lineup of candidates, we need to jointly call for Akin and Romney to withdraw.

NBC/WSJ Poll: Romney Has Problems Including No Bounce From Ryan Pick

http://themoderatevoice.com/156864/nbcwsj-poll-romney-has-problems-including-no-bounce-from-ryan-pick/

45 posted on 08/22/2012 11:20:13 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: LS

A new NBC/WSJ poll has some bad news for presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney: Barack Obama still leads, Romney’s pick of Rep. Paul Ryan has given him no bounce, and voters are uneasy with him due to his income tax questions and plans to overhaul Medicare.


46 posted on 08/22/2012 11:20:41 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: PhxTM06
Is this a$$hat going to talk to every single leftist media personality in the world now? First he signed up for Piers Morgan and thankfully begged off, now he went to go see Lauer and Stephanopholous, what’s next, sitting on a couch with Oprah, Babs and the gals?

LOL, so you think Romney should only do interviews with Rush, Levin and Hannity too?

47 posted on 08/22/2012 11:22:19 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: JediJones

Too bad that poll oversampled Democrats by about 6.

Whose side are you on anyways? You sound like one of those suicidal one-issue voters who would rather see Obama for another 4 years then Romney.


48 posted on 08/22/2012 11:22:36 AM PDT by PhxTM06
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To: PhxTM06
Dumbass is claiming the leftwing media is out to get him, when they're the ones propping him up. Captain Obvious needs to smack some sense into this head of knuckle.
49 posted on 08/22/2012 11:23:28 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Tex-Con-Man
My personal opinion is there are negotiations occurring under the radar. Whatever money it costs to buy him out would be well spent.

Radio news on the hour said that Akin spoke with Ryan last night. Could be that they are negotiating to make sure that whomever would be chosen as a replacement would share the pro-life views of Akin. They may also be offering him a post in the administration and assuring him that the GOP would pick up the tab for any expenses that would occur as a result of Akin's withdrawing. Ryan could have offered that the GOP conduct and pay for a poll and if it looks bad, Akin would agree to step aside. Also, Ryan could have driven the point home that he would not have the support of the national party nor any funding. Also, neither R would campaign on his behalf in MO.

There are all kinds of scenarios, but if anyone could knock some sense into him, it would be Ryan.

50 posted on 08/22/2012 11:24:01 AM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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