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Pro-family, Tea Party leaders coalesce around Todd Akin
LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:39 EST | Ben Johnson

Posted on 08/24/2012 4:51:36 AM PDT by huldah1776

ST. LOUIS, August 23, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Now that Todd Akin has said he will be staying in the race for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat, senior pro-life and conservative leaders including Phyllis Schlafly, Gary Bauer, and others are telling the Republican Party establishment to back off its “over-the-top” campaign to have him step aside. Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum founder, supports Todd Akin. Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum founder, supports Todd Akin.

Phyllis Schlafly, who emerged on the conservative scene with her 1964 book A Choice Not an Echo, rapped party elites for disenfranchising their own voters. “I don’t think people like that should make the decision,” she said. “The people of Missouri should make that decision.”

Both national pro-family leaders and local grassroots conservative leadership are confused and offended by national party leaders such as Karl Rove, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, and Charles Krauthammer, who have vowed to cut funds from Akin’s candidacy or pushed him to withdraw from the race.

Columnist Ann Coulter has suggested Republicans stage a write-in candidacy for former Governor Kit Bond.

“The on-going parade of public denunciations by various GOP leaders is over-the-top and counterproductive,” said Gary Bauer, a former presidential candidate and leader of the Campaign for Working Families, in a statement e-mailed to LifeSiteNews.com, “Some of their public attacks on Akin have been more aggressive than anything some of these leaders have ever said about Barack Obama and his truly radical rejection of the sanctity of human life and his promotion of abortion-on-demand paid for by the taxpayer!”

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Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation had a personal stake in the issue. The child of rape, he said, “Quite frankly, I’m glad such a pro-family, pro-life stalwart, despite a few bumps and lots of scrapes, is not quitting under pressure from hypocritical pro-abortion radicals and spineless Republicans.”

Iowa Congressman Steve King, who faced his own media feeding frenzy over abortion remarks taken out of context this week, was as blunt, stating that George Soros-funded media are now “dictating the response of leading Republicans.”

The Show Me state’s conservative leaders have flocked to Akin’s side, as well.

John Putnam, Missouri state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, said the national party should be “circling the wagons” around their candidate, not condemning him.

Akin won his races with a family-fueled campaign that defied the state’s Republican establishment. That has led local media to conclude he owes them nothing.

If he loses the race, the Republican Party will not take back control of the U.S. Senate. But pro-family leaders say if the Republicans replace Akin, they will almost certainly lose the race.

“After allegations of sexual indiscretions in sealed divorce records, which were leaked to the media, Republican leaders pressured Jack Ryan to withdraw from the 2004 Illinois Senate race,” said Vision America Action President Dr. Rick Scarborough. “That’s how we ended up with Barack Obama in the White House—a steep price to pay for Republican squeamishness.”

“Missouri voters – who gave Akin the GOP Senate nomination – are wise enough to decide who they’d prefer to send to Washington, ultra-liberal Clair McCaskill or a decent man and an authentic conservative who misspoke,” he said.

Many see the tempest-in-a-tea-party as little more than an attempt to marginalize pro-life voices within the Republican Party. Judie Brown of the American Life League wrote, “This is really not about Akin at all; it is about the red herring that pro-abortion forces have used for years to define genuine pro-life apologists as zealots, fanatics and unrealistic Pollyannas.”

Despite Akin’s remarks, Public Policy Polling, a Democrat-leaning firm, found him polling one point ahead of Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill, 44-43. “GOP voters dislike McCaskill so much they’re not going to vote for her no matter what their nominee does,” the firm found. “Independent voters haven’t moved at all either.”

Putnam said from his perspective, the only way Akin can prevail is “if the pro-life community gets behind him and makes this a national campaign.”


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"Despite Akin’s remarks, Public Policy Polling, a Democrat-leaning firm, found him polling one point ahead of Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill, 44-43. “GOP voters dislike McCaskill so much they’re not going to vote for her no matter what their nominee does,” the firm found. “Independent voters haven’t moved at all either.”

Worth REPEATING.

1 posted on 08/24/2012 4:51:43 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

Common sense defeats political correctness.


2 posted on 08/24/2012 4:59:27 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: reasonisfaith

And to anyone who might have taken a hit on this, don’t worry. We all stumble in battle. I’ve been wrong on things just like anyone else.


3 posted on 08/24/2012 5:00:45 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: huldah1776

akin goes from 10 points up to 10 points down in two days.

Talk about stuck on denial.


4 posted on 08/24/2012 5:02:25 AM PDT by soycd
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To: huldah1776
Agreed. Here’s what I posted previously about this regarding Huckabee’s support of Akin...

As often happens, I’m not taking the FR "party line" here.

I think Mr. Akin stumbled over his words, but from what I can tell, didn’t mean any harm. I agree with Huckabee on this one. Doesn’t necessarily look like a substantive issue. Looks like a feeding frenzy which adds up to railroading this guy for a politically expedient "solution." If what I suspect here is true, then I'd say maybe WE'VE become part of the problem.

5 posted on 08/24/2012 5:04:32 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: huldah1776

The thing that is stunning me is how these people are totally ignoring the fact that the man is completely selfish. He made a mistake, his first reaction to that should have been “I don’t want to hurt our chances”. Instead his first reaction was “Me first”. I can forgive his “oops” what I can’t forgive his his utter selfishness.


6 posted on 08/24/2012 5:04:46 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: huldah1776

“Public Policy Polling, a Democrat-leaning firm, found him polling one point ahead of Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill, 44-43.”

They seem to not mention this poll over sampled Rep by 9% just to get him up to a 1% pt lead. How convenient.


7 posted on 08/24/2012 5:06:52 AM PDT by WILLIALAL
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To: huldah1776
GOP voters dislike McCaskill so much they’re not going to vote for her no matter what their nominee does...

Now if only the GOP voted in the general election, we'd have a winner.

8 posted on 08/24/2012 5:08:57 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: huldah1776

If people rally around Akin, this will blw over. Direct the anger back where it belongs and focus.


9 posted on 08/24/2012 5:11:00 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: huldah1776

“Phyllis Schlafly, who emerged on the conservative scene with her 1964 book A Choice Not an Echo, rapped party elites for disenfranchising their own voters. “I don’t think people like that should make the decision,” she said. ‘The people of Missouri should make that decision.’”

Excellent article with many execellent quotes. I like this one by Schlafly. It is almost identical to what I keep saying to persons on this forum. Let the voters of Missouri work this out.


10 posted on 08/24/2012 5:11:51 AM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: McGavin999
The thing that is stunning me is how these people are totally ignoring the fact that the man is completely selfish.

He's an arrogant ass.

11 posted on 08/24/2012 5:12:59 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: McGavin999

So all the Dims and MSM need to do is create a side show the wounds a Pubbie and we then shoot the wounded?


12 posted on 08/24/2012 5:14:13 AM PDT by Kent1957
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To: soycd

it’s not his fault though, it’s yours for not defending him. /sarc


13 posted on 08/24/2012 5:14:13 AM PDT by RC one
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To: reasonisfaith

I personally don’t see how it affects other races as long as the candidates are smart enough to answer decently when the media inevitably asks.

“I haven’t thought about it because I’m busy running my own race here so I’m really not qualified to answer.”


14 posted on 08/24/2012 5:16:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: huldah1776

Missouri is full of Conservative, pro life folks who can beat Claire McCaskill. Unfortunately, Akin is not one of them. But, this crowd has determined that he is the only conservative around and must be defended at all costs. They really do want to lose, don’t they.


15 posted on 08/24/2012 5:16:29 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: reasonisfaith
Dr. Rick Scarborough seems to be suggesting the Ryan visit to an S&M club/bar with his wife, and encouraging her to participate would have best been covered up.

Hmm. So what does Dr. Rick ~ that's Rick, right ~ not something else ~ think is INAPPROPRIATE.

He just lost my attention.

Deal is Akin wasn't the most Conservative guy in the race ~ still isn't ~ and he didn't object to his Democrat opponent campaigning for him.

Next time if he wants to do that he should find a political party that meets his needs.

16 posted on 08/24/2012 5:18:28 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Sola Veritas

I have always liked Ms Schafly—but she must be getting pretty old. Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to have a nice conversation with her at CPAC.


17 posted on 08/24/2012 5:20:39 AM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: WILLIALAL

You are misconstruing what you see as an ‘oversample’. If more folks who were polled said they were Republican than Democrat, then that’s what happened.


18 posted on 08/24/2012 5:21:29 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Kent1957

No all a pubbie needs to do is think of the country first and not his own career. The dems didn’t say anything about a woman’s body shutting down during a rape to prevent her from getting pregnant, Akin did. Good grief!


19 posted on 08/24/2012 5:21:29 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: cripplecreek

True, politicians can’t avoid the necessity of talking like a politician.

But when you clear away all the opinion, the controversy and the garbage—what’s really threatening our country is corruption, which comes from deceptiveness, which evolves from the habit of side-stepping the truth which in turn comes from rejecting love of the truth.

From all appearances, Akin doesn’t have a problem with loving the truth.


20 posted on 08/24/2012 5:21:52 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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