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The State of the Akin-McCaskill Race (Akin out of money?)
National Review Online ^ | 09/07/12 | Ramesh Ponnuru

Posted on 09/07/2012 1:53:59 PM PDT by TonyInOhio

He’s in a money crunch:

Todd Akin’s TV ads are, reportedly, being yanked from stations across the state because his campaign isn’t paying the bills. KOMU-TV in Columbia says it received half of the payment for an ad buy, and when it didn’t get the other half, it cancelled the rest of the ads. The station says its confirmed that other stations from St. Louis to Kansas City have been put in the same position.

McCaskill, meanwhile, is running positive ads about how moderate she is. I imagine the tone of the race will change markedly if Akin stays in past the deadline for him to get out.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: akin; akin4mccaskill; akin4obama; backstabberakin; evangelicals; huckabee; mccaskill; not2late2getout; santorum
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I'm surprised by this - I assumed that Huckabee and his allies would be putting in the funding necessary to keep Akin in the race. Have they written him off?
1 posted on 09/07/2012 1:54:03 PM PDT by TonyInOhio
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To: TonyInOhio

debunked, propaganda


2 posted on 09/07/2012 1:57:03 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: TonyInOhio
... past the deadline for him to get out.

That would be Tuesday, September 11th, if I remember the week count correctly from the Missouri election law.

3 posted on 09/07/2012 1:58:44 PM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Explain, please.


4 posted on 09/07/2012 1:58:44 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: TonyInOhio

The GOP bigwig RINO’s have put out the word to big donors not to support Akin. The RINO’s always like to see Dems beating conservatives.


5 posted on 09/07/2012 1:59:38 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Ingtar

Scratch that. I think it is the “Friday before”... so it might be today.


6 posted on 09/07/2012 1:59:44 PM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: TonyInOhio

“I assumed that Huckabee and his allies would be putting in the funding necessary to keep Akin in the race.”

I assumed George Soros would be putting in the funding necessary to keep Akin in the race.


7 posted on 09/07/2012 2:00:26 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: TonyInOhio

Since Aiken OBVIOUSLY isn’t dropping out of the race, the GOP SHOULD be funding him. McCaskill is a menace and VULNERABLE.


8 posted on 09/07/2012 2:03:34 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: GeronL

It’s not because he’s a conservative.

It’s because of his idiot words about how raped women don’t get pregnant.


9 posted on 09/07/2012 2:05:07 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: forgotten man

Sometimes I swear I have been hacked over to DU!


10 posted on 09/07/2012 2:05:29 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: TonyInOhio
You would think that someone in a U.S. Senate race against an extremely weak opponent would be smart enough to realize the only way he could possibly lose was to stand in front of TV cameras and say things that were both stupid and offensive.

You would think that before he decided to remain the Republican candidate he would insure he had enough funds to actually conduct a campaign.

Evidently not.

Akin won a close 3 way primary because Democrats crossed over to support him.

The Democrats and the MSM went after Akin and got him to say dumb things.

The Republican establishment then went after Akin and attacked him and demanded he withdraw.

Akin stayed in the race. Now evidently he has to figure out how to finance his campaign.

I just don't think Mr. Akin is going to come up with any brilliant fund raising strategies.

I still hope Mr. Akin wins.

11 posted on 09/07/2012 2:05:55 PM PDT by detective
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To: forgotten man

So you’re opposed to the conservative Republican, and in favor of McCaskill?


12 posted on 09/07/2012 2:08:07 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: ZULU

I agree. He may be a dope but he is our dope and the GOP should be supporting him big time. Like it or not.

I sent $50 but that is all I can do.


13 posted on 09/07/2012 2:08:30 PM PDT by super7man
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To: Jonty30

You lie. He never said that. Look at what Akin *actually* said.


14 posted on 09/07/2012 2:12:52 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: detective

I don’t know Akin from Adam and Cruz is my man, but sometimes we all need to stop and remember that politicians are not perfect and are just like us when it comes to opening mouth and switching off brain.

If the guy is really conservative, whether or not Tea Party of Sarah backed him, we need to help him beat the clearly not conservative dem!

Cutting off our noses to spite our face, is one of the reasons we ended up with nobama.


15 posted on 09/07/2012 2:13:32 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Theo

Hell no. I would vote for Akin or whoever is running against McCaskill, but I don’t live in Missouri. I just want to see McCaskill out of the Senate.


16 posted on 09/07/2012 2:14:54 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Ingtar
Sept. 25 is the deadline.

Akin "out of cash?" That's news to me. I'm not surprised RINOs and media-elite would promote this idea though.

17 posted on 09/07/2012 2:15:07 PM PDT by Prov3456
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To: TonyInOhio

Amazed that there’s anyone left on FR to defend this moron. Easy Senate pickup down the drain. It is surreal. We have a better chance of winning CT and MA than MO. Shoot me now.


18 posted on 09/07/2012 2:18:45 PM PDT by montag813
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To: detective

Me too.

He may be an idiot, but he apologized for what he said, which is more than a lot of DemocRats have said in similar circumstances.

He should have had the decency to withdraw from the race so somebody better could replace him.

But he hasn’t.

Sometimes you have to hold your nose in politics, forget about being simon-pure and go for the lesser of two evils.

CLERLY Aiken is the lesser of two evils here. If we succeed in bouncing out that witch McCaskill and he hasn’t learned to keep his mouth shut until he THINKS before he speaks, we can flush him out in a primary next time.

But for now, HOLD your nose and support the guy - control of the Senate could lie in the balance.


19 posted on 09/07/2012 2:19:04 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: X-spurt
“Cutting off our noses to spite our face, is one of the reasons we ended up with nobama.”

I said in my post that I hope Mr. Akin wins. However, this appears to be a comedy of errors both by Mr. Akin and the Republican establishment.

Like I said before, I hope Mr. Akin wins.

20 posted on 09/07/2012 2:20:07 PM PDT by detective
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To: Theo

No, you lie.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/us/politics/todd-akin-provokes-ire-with-legitimate-rape-comment.html


21 posted on 09/07/2012 2:21:06 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: TonyInOhio

I’d take anything KOMU says with a ton of salt.


22 posted on 09/07/2012 2:21:49 PM PDT by bereanway
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To: detective
Uhhmmm, Akin won't win without money. It really is that simple. No one is going to give money to a candidate they think will lose. If the RNC gave money to Akin now, they would lose credibility because they told the world they will not give money to him and I don't blame them.
23 posted on 09/07/2012 2:22:11 PM PDT by Dave W
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To: Jonty30; Theo

Come on....
Theo is right.
If you are going to quote, quote correctly.


24 posted on 09/07/2012 2:25:52 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Jonty30

It seems you haven’t taken the time to read EXACTLY what Akin said:

“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”

Note that he was saying that DOCTORS have said that pregnancies resulting from violent rape (as opposed to fake claims of rape) are RARE.

That is TRUE, Jonty30. For decades a variety of doctors have said that.

You said that Akin said that “raped women don’t get pregnant.” No, that is a lie. Akin said that doctors have said that pregnancies resulting from violent rape are RARE.

Get your facts straight before you start misrepresenting a conservative republican.


25 posted on 09/07/2012 2:26:19 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Dave W

I believe Akin was going to drop out but was convinced to stay in the race by Huckabee and other politically-connected evangelical leaders. You have to assume that part of that conversation was a committment to finance his race, given his disadvantages. What I’m wondering is, where’s the cash?


26 posted on 09/07/2012 2:29:19 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (Obama, a ship sailing on yesterday's wind)
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To: TonyInOhio

I think he has until Sept 25 to withdraw. McCaskill is going easy on him sticking to positive ads about herself until Sept 25 when all of her ads are going to be negative on him. I think he blew himself with his rape comments and the RNC can play chicken with him and not give him any money to try to get him out by the deadline so they can get a candidate who can win.If he does not withdraw, the RNC should not give McCaskill a free ride and they should start funding him to run negative ads vs McCaskill so long as he agrees not to tie himself to the national ticket in the ads. They do not need the lead weight.IMHO


27 posted on 09/07/2012 2:32:08 PM PDT by chuckee
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To: Dave W
“Uhhmmm, Akin won't win without money. It really is that simple”

Candidates who have been outspent have won before. I don't think you realize how weak a candidate McCaskill is. If conservatives and Tea Party people get behind Mr. Akin and raise money for him and volunteer for him he has a chance. Many people simply won't vote for McCaskill under any circumstances.

The big unknown is can Mr. Akin start running an intelligent, effective campaign.

28 posted on 09/07/2012 2:34:32 PM PDT by detective
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To: TonyInOhio

Most of his funding came from dems anyway.


29 posted on 09/07/2012 2:38:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: forgotten man
I assumed George Soros would be putting in the funding necessary to keep Akin in the race.

He's too busy funding Rove's Crossroads GPS.

30 posted on 09/07/2012 2:39:20 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: TonyInOhio
Akin poisoned the well and made other Republicans had to defend themselves unnecessarily. It's time he understands the consequences of staying in the race when Republicans from various stripes from Palin, West, to Brown called for withdrawal but he refused. Let Parkinsons and Huckabee fund him. Or, until September 25, the Dims will be gladly so.

Yes, he apologized, but such apology in politics doesn't mean anything if he harmed the cause.

31 posted on 09/07/2012 2:43:57 PM PDT by paudio (Post-racial society: When we can legitimately hire and fire a Black man without feeling guilty.)
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To: GeronL

Akin is the ultimate RINO. Beat out the other candidates by taking $2 million from Dems. His biggest support is by a guy who the left lionized earlier as the man who would destroy conservative media.


32 posted on 09/07/2012 2:44:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Most of his funding came from dems anyway.

That's a lie --

33 posted on 09/07/2012 2:45:40 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: TonyInOhio
I imagine the tone of the race will change markedly if Akin stays in past the deadline for him to get out.

Which is in 18 more days and 15 more minutes. Deadline is 5 p.m. on the 6th Tuesday prior to election day.

34 posted on 09/07/2012 2:47:43 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: ZULU
Since Aiken OBVIOUSLY isn’t dropping out of the race, the GOP SHOULD be funding him. McCaskill is a menace and VULNERABLE.

Priebus has already said that no way no how is Aiken getting a dollar of the party's money. So unless a couple of super-pacs can be rounded up then Aiken is on his own.

35 posted on 09/07/2012 2:50:08 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: montag813; detective

It is still an easy pick-up if the RNC and Rove’s PAC gives him back the funding they were going to provide. If the seat is lost, it’s entirely their fault, not Akin’s. His gaffe was nothing so serious that it would cause him to lose a Senate race.


36 posted on 09/07/2012 2:50:49 PM PDT by JediJones (Grow your own dope...plant a Democrat.)
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To: paudio
Yes, he apologized, but such apology in politics doesn't mean anything if he harmed the cause.

Are you referring to Akin or Rove with that comment???

37 posted on 09/07/2012 2:52:12 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Jonty30

Stop spreading lies. He never said they “don’t” get pregnant, he said “as he understands it,” it’s rare. There are articles, research and statistics that back that claim up too.


38 posted on 09/07/2012 2:53:15 PM PDT by JediJones (Grow your own dope...plant a Democrat.)
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To: detective
The big unknown is can Mr. Akin start running an intelligent, effective campaign.

Past history would say 'probably not'. Aiken is a walking, talking sound-bite for his opponents. In the past his verbal gaffs haven't harmed him in his races in an overwhelmingly conservative district. But McCaskill was running ads based on Aiken quotes before the rape comment. There is no reason to doubt that Aiken will provide her with more quotes over the remainder of the campaign.

39 posted on 09/07/2012 2:56:10 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: nickcarraway
Akin is the ultimate RINO.

With a 97.24 ACU rating??? Who are you kidding???

Beat out the other candidates by taking $2 million from Dems.

That's a lie --

His biggest support is by a guy who the left lionized earlier as the man who would destroy conservative media.

That's a lie -- his biggest support are his constituency who he has faithfully served as a conservative Congressman.

40 posted on 09/07/2012 2:56:47 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: chuckee
the RNC should not give McCaskill a free ride and they should start funding him to run negative ads vs McCaskill so long as he agrees not to tie himself to the national ticket in the ads. They do not need the lead weight.IMHO

Whatever damage was done by the comments has been done. Just like Rush's "slut" comments which were still being referred to at the DNC. No matter what happens with his race, him dropping out, the funding, etc., the Dems will continue to use both his and Rush's comments to associate with Republicans wherever they think they can get an advantage. Since this requires them to falsely twist his words, he is a little-known person nationally, and the comment has no connection at all to any sort of Republican platform or policy, there is little traction the Dems can get out of it, so no matter what it won't be heard about much more.

41 posted on 09/07/2012 2:57:23 PM PDT by JediJones (Grow your own dope...plant a Democrat.)
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To: nickcarraway
Akin is the ultimate RINO.

Romney and Ryan are bigger RINOs than Akin on every level. Akin is a staunch fiscal and social conservative who was voting for Tea Party ideals before the Tea Party existed, including voting against government expansions like No Child Left Behind and against risking cutting the military budget through sequestration.

42 posted on 09/07/2012 2:59:30 PM PDT by JediJones (Grow your own dope...plant a Democrat.)
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To: Delhi Rebels
Priebus has already said that no way no how is Aiken getting a dollar of the party's money.

This wouldn't be the first time that Priebus had to backtrack on his words and it won't be the last. He'll just have to suck it up and write the check or assume the responsibility for a lost Senate seat for the want of a simple check that was under his control.

43 posted on 09/07/2012 3:00:39 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Dave W

Akin is a fighter and he will not fold under pressure. He has proven that he has a spine of steel. Like Washington at Valley Forge, Akin will find a way to overcome these short term hardships and win a victory that the moderates will not be permitted to soon forget. His campaign will serve as a shining example of what adherence to principle can achieve.


44 posted on 09/07/2012 3:01:27 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Theo; Jonty30
Get your facts straight before you start misrepresenting a conservative republican.

It doesn't matter politically what the exact words are. The way the public will understand them is that Akin believes a woman will not get pregnant if she is violently raped. He may be correctly citing someone else, but that doesn't matter. He chose to cite that source as credible in the context of the question. It was a stupid thing to say when being baited by reporter.

45 posted on 09/07/2012 3:01:45 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Theo

Even so, my point is that he was stupid for having commented on the subject in the first place. His comments have simply made it more difficult for Jim to win his seat. He has made it more difficult for conservatives to win their seats.

He didn’t abide by the adage about not giving the supporters of your opponent a reason to come out and vote for him.

I am personally sick and tired of conservative politicians who seem to be purposefully aware that there are things you don’t say, because they honestly cost elections.


46 posted on 09/07/2012 3:03:00 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Dave W

Akin is a fighter and he will not fold under pressure. He has proven that he has a spine of steel. Like Washington at Valley Forge, Akin will find a way to overcome these short term hardships and win a victory that the moderates will not be permitted to soon forget. His campaign will serve as a shining example of what adherence to principle can achieve.


47 posted on 09/07/2012 3:03:05 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Dave W

Akin is a fighter and he will not fold under pressure. He has proven that he has a spine of steel. Like Washington at Valley Forge, Akin will find a way to overcome these short term hardships and win a victory that the moderates will not be permitted to soon forget. His campaign will serve as a shining example of what adherence to principle can achieve.


48 posted on 09/07/2012 3:03:14 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: montag813

Amazed that there’s anyone left on FR to defend this moron. Easy Senate pickup down the drain. It is surreal. We have a better chance of winning CT and MA than MO. Shoot me now

...boy I’d volunteer to get rid of an FR moron who can’t support a 96% conservative Congressman who is the strongest ProLifer in his state, but trolls like you think its sureal...what’s sureal is that you swallow the JournaListMedia set-up and drink every drop of the koolaid. If it wasn’t for anti-conservative Pudge Rove, we’d have gotten rid of Dirty Harry, had a race in DE and taken down McCasket... but the GOPe hates conservatives more than Dems!

ymmv


49 posted on 09/07/2012 3:04:05 PM PDT by ElectionInspector (Molon Labe...)
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To: ZULU
He should have had the decency to withdraw from the race so somebody better could replace him.

I think he knew fully who would do the "replacing": not the rank and file, but the GOP-e. Given the likelihood that they would install a pro-abortion RINO it is understandable that he stayed in as in his mind he had no moral alternative and had every reason not to award Party perfidy toward a conservative nominee. If at this point he wins, that would be a good thing. We have no alternative but to support him, despite that he's an idiot.

50 posted on 09/07/2012 3:06:17 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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