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Todd Akin to Claire McCaskill: You Should Drop Out
abcnews.go.com ^ | Aug 23, 2012

Posted on 08/23/2012 2:38:25 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

After days of ignoring Republican pleas to abandon his U.S. Senate campaign in Missouri, Rep. Todd Akin today received an even more damning message: A new Rasmussen poll shows that Akin, who held a tidy lead before making his controversial comments about rape and pregnancy, is now down 10 percentage points (48-38 percent) to incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Never fazed, the Akin campaign shot back with an unlikely proposal.

“The fact that Claire McCaskill is only polling at 48 percent after 72 hours of constant negative attacks on Todd Akin shows just how weak she is,” Akin spokesman Perry Akin said in a statement. “If she can’t break 50 percent after a week like this, Democrats should ask Claire to step down.”

McCaskill, whose political career might well have been saved by Akin’s moment of madness, went online to cast doubt on the validity of the survey.

“Rasmussen poll made me laugh out loud,” she tweeted. “If anyone believes that, I just turned 29. Sneaky stuff.”

McCaskill then linked to a story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel claiming Rasmussen, with its ties to high-powered Republican operatives like Karl Rove, had intentionally stretched the spread in an effort to push Akin out of the race.

The final deadline for Akin to withdraw is Sept. 25. After that his name cannot be replaced on the ballot. But there is no indication he’s even considering it.

Today, he reported on his Facebook page, ”Thousands and thousands of people have stepped up today and helped us raise over $100,000 in donations as small as $3. The message is loud and clear… the people of Missouri believe they should pick candidates, not party bosses or Washington elites.”

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: akin4mccaskill; backstabberakin; partyofrape; toddakin; waronwomen
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To: PhxTM06
PhxTM06,

When I challenged you, you posted those statutes in a flash. Are you an attorney? For whom do you work while posting to FR?

51 posted on 08/23/2012 3:10:24 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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To: RaisingCain

Is FR now populated mostly by idiots?

Look, I HATE abortion, and would go to nearly any length to see it ended, but we MUST face the facts here!

THERE IS NOTHING a senator can do about it! In fact, there is VERY LITTLE a President can do about it - it was found to be a constitutional right by the USSC! All the President can do is appoint Original Constructionists to the USSC and wait for a case that would overturn Roe v. Wade to come up .

For that to happen we MUST have a President that will appoint Original Constructionist jurists AND a Senate that will confirm them!

Idiot Akin just gave the left a target and a huge talking point that will haunt the entire GOP thru election day!

Like it or not, too many Americans support abortion “rights” and WILL NOT vote for an idiot that says what Aiken said.

We HAVE to win the November battle BEFORE we can take on the wider war on abortion, homosexual “mainstreaming”, etc.

QUIT using your beloved single-issue POV to insure that the right LOSES!


52 posted on 08/23/2012 3:10:42 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: clee1

Didn’t Newt have a plan to remove abortion from the purview of the SC?


53 posted on 08/23/2012 3:12:03 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: skeeter

Another questionable newbie: http://www.freerepublic.com/~pistolpackinpapa/


54 posted on 08/23/2012 3:12:10 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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To: skeeter

Well when Akin steps down and Brunner, Wagner or Steelman take his spot, I’ll be cheering for them, bright, true conservatives who don’t have a mental dysfunction. Hope you can get over your disappointment on Obama Claire losing her sure victory enough to join me, otherwise you can head to DU and I’m sure you’ll find consolation there! :)


55 posted on 08/23/2012 3:12:59 PM PDT by PhxTM06 (")
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To: TigersEye

Thank you so very, very much for the eye opening post. I have been trying to point this out myself but it has fallen on deaf ears. Those posting the nasty comments about Akin do sound like liberals and are NOT using their heads. I concur with xzins this campaign has been orchestrated by the GOPe and now I am wondering if they are in bed with the Dems. If so, may God have mercy on their souls.


56 posted on 08/23/2012 3:13:31 PM PDT by elephant
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To: PhxTM06

PhxTM06 to Jacquerie
The GOP has no options in the beginning. Akin would essentially have to sue to have his name taken off the ballot and pay the costs for reprinting (any) ballots. The GOP would then be allowed to select a replacement candidate, up until the 25th of September I believe.

115.359. Withdrawal of candidacy, deadline for, how made.—1. Any person who has filed a declaration of candidacy for nomination and who wishes to withdraw as a candidate shall, not later than the eleventh Tuesday prior to the primary election, file a written, sworn statement of withdrawal in the office of the official who accepted such candidate’s declaration of candidacy. Any person nominated for an office who wishes to withdraw as a candidate shall, not later than the eleventh Tuesday prior to the general election, file a written, sworn statement of withdrawal in the office of the official who accepted such candidate’s declaration of candidacy. In addition, any person who has filed a declaration of candidacy for nomination or who is nominated for an office who wishes to withdraw as a candidate due to being named as the party candidate for a different office by a party nominating committee pursuant to sections 115.363 to 115.377 may withdraw as a candidate no later than 5:00 p.m. on the fifth day after being named as the party candidate for a different office by the party nominating committee.

2. Except as provided for in section 115.247, if there is no additional cost for the printing or reprinting of ballots, or if the candidate agrees to pay any printing or reprinting costs, a candidate who has filed or is nominated for an office may, at any time after the time limits set forth in subsection 1 of this section but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the sixth Tuesday before the election, withdraw as a candidate pursuant to a court order, which, except for good cause shown by the election authority in opposition thereto, shall be freely given upon application by the candidate to the circuit court in the county of such candidate’s residence. No withdrawal pursuant to this subsection shall be effective until such candidate files a copy of the court’s order in the office of the official who accepted such candidate’s declaration of candidacy.

3. The name of a person who has properly filed a declaration of candidacy, or of a person nominated for office, who has not given notice of withdrawal as provided in subsection 1 or 2 of this section shall, except in case of death or disqualification, be printed on the official primary or general election ballot, as the case may be. (L. 1977 H.B. 101 § 10.120, A.L. 1995 H.B. 484, et al., A.L. 1996 H.B. 1557 & 1489, A.L. 1997 S.B. 132, A.L. 1999 H.B. 676)

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57 posted on 08/23/2012 3:14:27 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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To: skeeter

Funny how these newbies are so active on the Akin threads: http://www.freerepublic.com/~pistolpackinpapa/


58 posted on 08/23/2012 3:14:30 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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To: Jacquerie

Simple, I referred to the already existing 3 or 4 threads on that very topic here on FR. Nice try.


59 posted on 08/23/2012 3:15:16 PM PDT by PhxTM06 (")
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To: skeeter
It's election year: their are going to be a lot of new faces.

PhxTM06 is just venting the frustration that anyone who cares for this country feels seeing stupid, hick, b*stards like Akin, King and Huckabee killing the momentum of the Romney/Ryan ticket and breathing life into the "war on women" bull.

Ordinarily fiscal conservatives can write off the antics of these clowns with "bless his heart" condescension.

But these aren't ordinary times. The republic is at stake and we can't afford this cr*p.

60 posted on 08/23/2012 3:15:35 PM PDT by Vide
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To: skeeter

Ditto.


61 posted on 08/23/2012 3:16:24 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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To: PhxTM06
Here a whole month and already sending folks top DU, eh.

Sorry, no sale your Trollness.

62 posted on 08/23/2012 3:16:29 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: PhxTM06

You said that you havent heard of Akin until last week but you are posting like you know the politics of Missouri. What is up with you? Did you just crawl out of DU or are you working for e-Claire?


63 posted on 08/23/2012 3:17:12 PM PDT by elephant
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To: PhxTM06
Take your Obama Claire support over to DU where it belongs buddy.

Spoken like a long-time Freeper. What were your previous screen names?

64 posted on 08/23/2012 3:17:26 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
And I say this again, why did people vote for this guy,

The reason why people vote for this guy is that there is nothing else to vote for. I hear R's repeated whine about there being no qualified people to vote for. Is it any wonder?

Why would a more qualified person run when he/she knows that the minute the wrong thing is said his/her supporters run for the tall brush?

As long a so-called conservatives continue to run from their candidates at the first sign of true combat, you will not have anyone but lesser candidates who want on the gravy-train run.

Is it any wonder, then, that the people in Congress, for the most part, are of such low quality.

65 posted on 08/23/2012 3:18:00 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: Vide

Sorry, I’m not going to let a troll NOob lead me around by the nose any more than I take my queue from the democrat media.


66 posted on 08/23/2012 3:18:20 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: PhxTM06
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/missouri/index?tab=articles
67 posted on 08/23/2012 3:18:28 PM PDT by PhxTM06 (")
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To: PhxTM06

He will lose when conservatives stop backing him.

At this time, he remains on the ballot. As a conservative attorney, why don’t you support him?


68 posted on 08/23/2012 3:18:59 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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To: DLfromthedesert

If I understand correctly, he’s a GOP-e candidate that gave this sound bite and now the Dems are running with it.

It should have been Steelman, but the GOP-e knows best how to lose an election.


69 posted on 08/23/2012 3:19:19 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: j.argese

I like him because he has chutzpah. Something most R leaders are sorely lacking. They are like Rodney King, can’t we all get along, when he did he was on the same drugs that caused the riot and the leaders are still drunk on their own power..so they just want to go along to get along.


70 posted on 08/23/2012 3:20:18 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: RaisingCain

he is a dick. he is a moron who believes in the magic uterus and has offended most of the country.


71 posted on 08/23/2012 3:20:26 PM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco and Pelosi)
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To: PhxTM06

You are a LIAR.


72 posted on 08/23/2012 3:20:56 PM PDT by elephant
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To: elephant

Akin is Huckabee’s boy. Huckabee is still pumping for him and telling Akin that he can win the election, and it is time to teach the Republican “Establishment” a lesson.


73 posted on 08/23/2012 3:21:19 PM PDT by StevenFlorida
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To: clee1
Is FR now populated mostly by idiots?

No. But it has several trolls. RaisingCain being a prominent one. Take a look at his history.
74 posted on 08/23/2012 3:21:23 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: RaisingCain

he is a moron whose appeal is limited to conservative trailer trash


75 posted on 08/23/2012 3:21:57 PM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco and Pelosi)
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To: elephant

Rush Limbaugh? Sarah Palin? Allen West?

I give up. You tell me.


76 posted on 08/23/2012 3:21:57 PM PDT by StevenFlorida
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To: elephant; xzins

Thanks should go to xzins for putting together an outstanding post and not least to Mr. Huckabee for taking it to the GOPe without quarter. I appreciate your reply though.


77 posted on 08/23/2012 3:22:59 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Vide
Pretty much what you said. Things were going fine until this MENSA scholar opened his mouth with something so abjectly stupid that there was no defending it or claiming he misspoke, it was just flat out dumb. The only way to ease up the attacks by the left is for this guy to get out, once he's gone they'll still try their attacks but they won't be nearly as effective, additionally, for the Democrats that are running ads using his comments.....using "Todd Akin-Former Republican Candidate" is a hell of a lot less effective than "Todd Akin, Republican Candidate for Senate

Bottomline, politics is a contact sport, its not rainbows and sunshine, this guy said something that you can't back down from, its over, anyone with any political savvy knew minutes after he had uttered those comments that he was done. The more stubborn he is, the further he'll fall it the polls until getting out is the only possible logical option.
78 posted on 08/23/2012 3:23:01 PM PDT by PhxTM06 (")
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To: j.argese
Akin San prepares to take the battle to McCaskill...

Some of FR's enthusiastic Akin supporters rally behind their candidate as he prepares to do battle...


79 posted on 08/23/2012 3:25:04 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: double_down

Barney Fife was too intelligent


80 posted on 08/23/2012 3:25:56 PM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco and Pelosi)
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To: elephant
And you're a troll that's supporting Claire McCaskill getting frustrated that your tactics aren't working. The only ones still defending Akin on this site are either plain nuts or leftwing saboteurs who know damn well that if Akin drops out, Claire is in a hell of a lot of trouble.

Take your crap and go back to DU, crazy wing-nut.
81 posted on 08/23/2012 3:26:46 PM PDT by PhxTM06 (")
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To: TigersEye

I hope the message will not be lost on those that care to read it but I have my worries for the future of our country.


82 posted on 08/23/2012 3:26:46 PM PDT by elephant
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To: hecht

Really? You were offended by what he said?


83 posted on 08/23/2012 3:27:16 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Jacquerie

there are good conservatives and there are intelligent conservatives and there are conservatives with cross over appeal. He won’t appeal beyond the trailer parks


84 posted on 08/23/2012 3:28:06 PM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco and Pelosi)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

3 dollars to this guy from a Democrat is 3 bucks zero won’t get.

I fail to see a problem with that.


85 posted on 08/23/2012 3:30:26 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: hecht
he is a moron whose appeal is limited to conservative trailer trash real pro-life conservatives

Fixed it for ya.

86 posted on 08/23/2012 3:31:16 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: PhxTM06

You are not the brightest blub on the tree and would not know a RINO if it horned you in the a$$.


87 posted on 08/23/2012 3:31:35 PM PDT by elephant
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To: Trailerpark Badass

i guess you think he didn’t need to apologize.


88 posted on 08/23/2012 3:32:25 PM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco and Pelosi)
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To: elephant

89 posted on 08/23/2012 3:33:34 PM PDT by PhxTM06 (")
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To: TigersEye

about 10% of the population. thats a winning coalition


90 posted on 08/23/2012 3:34:58 PM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco and Pelosi)
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To: hecht

I didn’t see that poll yet. Where’d ya get it?


91 posted on 08/23/2012 3:36:16 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: hecht

Not to me.


92 posted on 08/23/2012 3:42:27 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Cicero; elephant; Tailgunner Joe
Cicero & elephant, apparently your "Must-Have" list for politicians differs from my list.

Politicians who I enthusiastically support *must* have:

But apparently the 2nd item for you is wayyy down somewhere on your "Nice To Have" list.

Now I'll agree that *all* politicians stick their foot in their mouth once in awhile.

But in Akin's case, he shoved BOTH feet in his mouth, they exploded, and they're still stuck in there and on fire.

And no matter how much you try to take the finger of blame away from Akin and point it to the drive-bys, to other lefties, to "Stupid Republicans," and last but not least, to the exponentially increasing number of who you tar as "so-called conservatives" like Rush and Hannity and Coulter and every active or retired Missouri GOP office-holder and a plurality (and likely majority) of your fellow Freepers, well ...... it just ain't working. Akin scr***d the pooch all on his own.

"keep on attacking Akin until the election"
Bogus. Straw man. How many conservatives would do that? They asked him to step down before this week's deadline. Now they're asking him to step down ASAP. If he's still on the ballot after 9/25, he literally can NOT step down any more, and so conservatives will support him as best we can, even though his odds of winning will likely STILL be the same odds as a snowball in Liberal Nirvana.

93 posted on 08/23/2012 3:44:02 PM PDT by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC (If my kids make a mistake in the voting booth, I don't want them punished with a community organizer)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Akin belongs in the Dem party

With a 97.5% rating from the American Conservative Union. Meanwhile, I'm sure you're going to tell us that Mitt Romney is going to be the most conservative President since Reagan.

94 posted on 08/23/2012 3:51:28 PM PDT by Kazan (Support for Romney is disobedience to God!)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

do you agree with what he said?


95 posted on 08/23/2012 3:52:15 PM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco and Pelosi)
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To: skeeter
Here less than a month, posting only negative crap on Todd Akin threads... who DO you work for?

Romney?

96 posted on 08/23/2012 3:52:23 PM PDT by Kazan (Support for Romney is disobedience to God!)
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To: Kazan

Yep, but he’s been like a one man wrecking for the left, single-handedly handing the seat to McCaskill and changing the national focus from the economy/Medicare to “legitimate rape” and “the woman’s body has ways to shut that whole thing down.”


97 posted on 08/23/2012 3:52:36 PM PDT by PhxTM06 (")
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To: Kazan

Mitt Romney..Conservative? Of course not..but if Akin loses we ALL lose, especially if we don’t gain more seats in the Senate. I hope that somehow by some miracle Akin can win but if he actually thinks that being down 10 when he was up 11 is a good thing he’s kidding himself


98 posted on 08/23/2012 3:53:51 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Morpheus2009
Either way, there is only so much idiocy and insensibility I can take from a professed conservative before saying enough

Yet, no doubt, you're fine voting for a man like Romney who has a more liberal record than Bill Clinton that has proven he'll do and say anything to get elected.

Being liberal, no problem for you. Being unprincipled, no problem for you. Being a near 100% conservative and making a gaffe, you deem that unacceptable.

99 posted on 08/23/2012 3:57:30 PM PDT by Kazan (Support for Romney is disobedience to God!)
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To: chris37

Just thought a little bit ago about the major battle we won as conservatives oh so long ago. Jack Danforth defended a colleague and friend 20 years ago against a Democrat juggernaut. That man was Clarence Thomas and as I remember the Repubs gave their all defending him. It paid off and was a victory for us. GHWB, the President even stood firm. Mitt, Reince, Scott Brown and the others pooped in the nest. I am not excusing the Aiken comment but it could be a sign of things to come from the E.


100 posted on 08/23/2012 3:58:40 PM PDT by taterjay
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