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  • Todd Akin: I’d Take Back Comments on ‘Legitimate Rape’

    04/26/2013 12:09:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 86 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 26 Apr 2013 12:38 PM | Melanie Batley
    Former Rep. Todd Akin said he regrets the comments he made about “legitimate rape” which derailed his Missouri bid for U.S. Senate last year. In an interview with KDSK-TV on Thursday, the 65-year-old was asked whether he would take back the controversial comments. “Of course I would,” the former congressman replied. “I’ve relived them too many times. But that is not reality.” …
  • In Missouri Senate race, new Akin ad features rape survivor

    11/01/2012 6:26:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/1/12 | Kevin Murphy
    Todd Akin, the Republican candidate in the closely watched U.S. Senate race in Missouri, released a new advertisement on Thursday featuring a woman who says she was raped and had an abortion but supports Akin's anti-abortion stand. The TV commercial comes in the closing days of a campaign that has drawn national attention because of Akin's remark in August that women's bodies could ward off pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." Akin, a six-term U.S. congressman from the St. Louis area, was heavily criticized by Democrats and lost support from some leading Republicans because of his remark. A poll by...
  • Todd Akin says he'll match Claire McCaskill on TV in campaign's final week

    10/31/2012 12:11:36 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 27 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | October 31, 2012 | Steve Kraske
    Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin said today in Lee's Summit that he'll match his Democratic rival, Claire McCaskill, in TV ad spending in the race's final week. At a stop in Lee's Summit, Akin said he no longer will be outspent 9:1 or 10:1 as he has in recent weeks. "That ratio is going to change now," Akin said. "We have enough money to be able to do more advertising." Akin is spending Tuesday and Wednesday in the KC area in what aides said would be his final visit to the area this campaign. At noon Tuesday, Akin and former...
  • McCaskill's mother dies

    10/29/2012 5:25:41 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 49 replies
    CNN POLITICS ^ | 10/29/2012 | Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, died on Monday, the senator from Missouri said in a statement on Monday. "For some time, mom's health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest," McCaskill wrote. "People all over the state have asked about her, and their prayers and concern have been greatly appreciated."
  • Missouri's Senate race a statistical dead heat: poll

    10/27/2012 3:53:18 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 15 replies
    KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Democratic Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill holds a slim lead of 2 percentage points over Republican challenger Todd Akin - essentially a deadlock - in a race being closely watched following Akin's controversial comments on "legitimate rape," a poll released on Saturday showed. McCaskill had been seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbent Democrats but has led Akin in most polls since he said in August that women could biologically defend themselves against pregnancy caused by "legitimate rape." Akin said later he misspoke when he made the remark, which led to widespread rebukes even from...
  • NY Times Spiked McCaskill Corruption Story After Tipping Her Off

    10/22/2012 3:35:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    fox ^ | 10/22/12 | Matthew Boyle
    A spokeswoman for Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s re-election campaign told The Daily Caller that the senator and her husband first learned the criminal background of the man speaking out McCaskill’s husband’s business dealings from The New York Times. McCaskill spokeswoman Caitlin Legacki told TheDC on Friday that she thinks McCaskill and her husband Joseph Shepard discovered Craig Woods’ criminal background “[w]hen the New York Times told me in June that he’s a felon.” TheDC reported Thursday that Woods, a former employee of Shepard’s, alleged in a 2011 audiotape that Shepard used the U.S. Senate dining room to cut business...
  • Could Claire McCaskill lose to Todd Akin? You betcha

    10/19/2012 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/19/12 | William Jacobson
    Claire McCaskill is so unpopular that she’s barely running ahead of Todd Akin despite his self-inflicted wounds and the defection of almost all of the Republican establishment from supporting him. McCaskill has had to spend heavily just to stay slightly ahead: Senator Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat fighting to keep her seat, spent nearly $7 million over a three-month period through the end of September and her campaign had more than $2.1 million in the bank for her race against Representative Todd Akin, according to quarterly disclosure reports her campaign released on Monday. Could McCaskill lose? Two days ago the...
  • Claire McCaskill, Todd Akin meeting in second Missouri Senate debate (Live at 7pm central tonight)

    10/18/2012 4:26:48 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 30 replies
    kshb.com ^ | 10/18/12
    Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin are meeting in suburban St. Louis for their second and final scheduled debate. See link below for video. Hope this works.
  • Rand Paul Is Launching A New Ad Campaign To Help Todd Akin (Mo Senate Race on fire for Akin)

    10/16/2012 4:55:22 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/15/12 | Grace Wyler
    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is wading into the nation's most incendiary Senate race this week, with the launch of a new statewide, six-figure ad campaign to help Missouri Republican Todd Akin. Business Insider has learned that Paul's political action committee, RANDPAC, will go on air Wednesday with a new ad attacking Akin's opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, for her vote against Paul's amendment to block U.S. aid to Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya. "Claire McCaskill works with Barack Obama to send our money overseas to radicals who attack our embassies, burn our flag, and kill our diplomats," the narrator says. "What...
  • Poll finds Akin with slight lead over McCaskill

    10/15/2012 10:39:53 AM PDT · by billorites · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2012 | Daniel Strauss
    Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) leads Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in his bid for the Senate by a slim margin, according to a new poll. Wenzel Strategies, a Republican leaning pollster, found Akin leading McCaskill 49 to 45 percent with 7 percent undecided. Both candidates are underwater, though, on favorability. Forty-five percent of voters rate Akin favorably, with 49 unfavorable. McCaskill is viewed favorably by 44 percent and unfavorably by 52. Broken down across gender lines, McCaskill has a 7-point advantage among women, leading Akin with 50 to 43 percent support. Among men though, Akin holds the edge, with fifty-five percent...
  • Akin takes the lead in Missouri in new poll (Akin rolling - McCaskill in panic mode)

    10/15/2012 12:39:05 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/15/12 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    A Republican polling firm has GOP Rep. Todd Akin up by four points over Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in their hard-fought Missouri Senate race. Mr. Akin led his opponent 49 percent to 45 percent in a survey conducted for the Citizens United Victory Fund by Wenzel Strategies, one of just two polls to give him the upper hand after his party all but abandoned him in August for his widely condemned comments that victims of "legitimate" rape are unlikely to become pregnant. That's because Mr. Akin led among independents by a 50 percent to 41 percent margin, according to...
  • Todd Akin In The Lead (48.4% to 44.7%) For Missouri U.S. Senate Race According To CUPVF Poll

    10/15/2012 7:18:12 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 143 replies
    Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF), the affiliated PAC of Citizens United, released a poll today conducted by Wenzel Strategies, showing Congressman Todd Akin in the lead against incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill in the Missouri United States Senate race. The poll was conducted via telephone survey of likely General Election voters from October 12-13, included 1,000 respondents, and has a 3.07% margin of error
  • Huckabee:Republicans Who Abandoned Akin Should Repent

    10/12/2012 4:10:17 AM PDT · by elephant · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | Paul Scicchitano and Kathleen Walter
    Conservative commentator Mike Huckabee tells Newsmax.TV that Republicans who abandoned Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin following his controversial remarks about rape should “repent.” Huckabee, who was one of the first prominent conservatives to voice his support for Akin hopes that fellow conservatives will “repent of their sins and will get back and help Todd Akin” before it’s too late. “It’s interesting that he is, in some polls, leading and some he’s just barely behind within the margin of error and they’ve abandoned him,” said Huckabee on Wednesday. “They’ve got other Senate candidates that they’re pouring vast amounts of resources in...
  • McCaskill hits Akin with ads featuring raped women

    10/10/2012 11:03:37 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 10, 2012 | DAVID A. LIEB
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill took aim Wednesday at Republican challenger Todd Akin with a new series of TV ads featuring rape survivors outraged by Akin's remark about "legitimate rape" and his opposition to emergency contraception. The three separate ads feature individual testimonials from three women who said they were raped, including one who describes herself as a "pro-life" Republican and another self-described "pro-life mother" who calls herself a "woman of faith."
  • Some in G.O.P. Choose to Return to Akin’s Corner

    10/07/2012 8:32:36 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 98 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/6/12 | John Elgion
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For establishment Republicans, it is decision time in the Missouri Senate race. Should they return to Representative Todd Akin’s corner? Many quickly withdrew their support for Mr. Akin weeks ago after his controversial comments about abortion and belief that victims of “legitimate rape” have a biological mechanism to fight off pregnancy, hoping to force him aside so another Republican candidate could battle the Democratic incumbent, Senator Claire McCaskill. But Mr. Akin called their bluff. He stayed in the race, reckoning that election math would oblige them to stick with him. Now, with Mr. Akin’s name legally...
  • Massachusetts, You're the Swing State

    10/03/2012 11:47:51 AM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies
    Elizabeth Warren for Senate ^ | 10/3/12 | Clinton
    Friend, Most people don't think of Massachusetts as a swing state. But electing a Democrat at the top of the ticket isn't enough. This year, Massachusetts will cast the deciding vote for the party that will control the United States Senate. We need a strong Democratic majority in the United States Senate to keep moving our country forward -- and that's why we need to do everything we can to elect Elizabeth Warren on November 6th. I want you to volunteer for Elizabeth's campaign now: [deleted] We know how Democrats spent the past four years trying to work with the...
  • Missouri's Akin, left for dead, on comeback trail

    10/03/2012 12:36:40 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/03/2012 | Paul Bedard
    Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, thrown under the bus by Karl Rove and the Washington GOP establishment for his "legitimate rape" comment, is making a strong comeback in the polls and is now better-liked than incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Five weeks after making the comments that at the time seemed career-ending, Rasmussen Reports has Akin six points behind McCaskill, 51 percent to 45 percent. That result shows an improvement over past polls, some that had him behind by 10 points. And among those "certain to vote," he trails McCaskill by just four points, said Rasmussen. More surprising is that...
  • Two Missouri Senate Polls -- first poll : Akin +4, second poll McCaskill +1

    10/02/2012 7:40:02 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 70 replies
    Missouri Senate Polls -- first poll : Akin +4, second poll McCaskill +1
  • Ex-Sens. Bond, Talent now backing Akin Senate bid

    10/01/2012 2:32:01 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 63 replies
    One News Now ^ | 10/1/12 | Associated Press
    Two of Mitt Romney's senior advisers say they are backing Todd Akin, the Missouri Republican Senate candidate they once shunned.
  • Republican senators to hold Akin fundraiser, keeping alive hope to win chamber

    09/29/2012 4:14:06 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 29, 2012 | unattributed
    Republicans continue to reach out to embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, this time with a much needed fundraiser, despite Democrats promising re-election attacks on supporters. Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, S.C., and Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, Okla., will be honorary hosts of a Washington fundraiser next week for Akin. The event suggests donations from $2,500 to $100 a person and is scheduled for Wednesday, as reported first by Politico. Democrats and Republicans called for Akin to quit the race after he made controversial remarks last month about rape. Akin apologized but has continued his campaign to unseat...