Skip to comments.Todd Akin to Claire McCaskill: You Should Drop Out
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 cant 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 Akins 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 hes 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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When I challenged you, you posted those statutes in a flash. Are you an attorney? For whom do you work while posting to FR?
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!
Didn’t Newt have a plan to remove abortion from the purview of the SC?
Another questionable newbie: http://www.freerepublic.com/~pistolpackinpapa/
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! :)
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.
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 candidates 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 candidates 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 candidates residence. No withdrawal pursuant to this subsection shall be effective until such candidate files a copy of the courts order in the office of the official who accepted such candidates 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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Funny how these newbies are so active on the Akin threads: http://www.freerepublic.com/~pistolpackinpapa/
Simple, I referred to the already existing 3 or 4 threads on that very topic here on FR. Nice try.
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.
Sorry, no sale your Trollness.
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?
Spoken like a long-time Freeper. What were your previous screen names?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
he is a dick. he is a moron who believes in the magic uterus and has offended most of the country.
You are a LIAR.
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.
he is a moron whose appeal is limited to conservative trailer trash
Rush Limbaugh? Sarah Palin? Allen West?
I give up. You tell me.
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.
Some of FR's enthusiastic Akin supporters rally behind their candidate as he prepares to do battle...
Barney Fife was too intelligent
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.
Really? You were offended by what he said?
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
3 dollars to this guy from a Democrat is 3 bucks zero won’t get.
I fail to see a problem with that.
Fixed it for ya.
You are not the brightest blub on the tree and would not know a RINO if it horned you in the a$$.
i guess you think he didn’t need to apologize.
about 10% of the population. thats a winning coalition
I didn’t see that poll yet. Where’d ya get it?
Not to me.
Politicians who I enthusiastically support *must* have:
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.
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.
do you agree with what he said?
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.”
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
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.
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.