Todd Akin on leaving Senate race: Hell no, he won’t go

Rep. Todd Akin: A national embarrassment for Republicans
(AP Photo/St. Louis Pos-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) Tuesday ignored mounting pressure from his own party to drop out of the Senate race against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill.

A 5 p.m. deadline to remove his name from the ballot in Missouri came and went Tuesday as Aiken vowed to stay in the race, claiming he “represents a conservative movement that must be heard.”

But what voters heard most from Akin was his comment in a televised interview this past Sunday when he responded to a question about allowing abortions for rape victims with:

It seems to me, first of all, 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.

The comment sparked widespread controversy and criticism, not only from Democrats and women’s rights groups, but also from Republicans and conservatives, including GOP vice presidential pick and tea party favorite Paul Ryan.

But Ryan says hell no, he won’t go.

“We are going to continue in this race for U.S. Senate,” Akin said Tuesday.

Presumptive GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney felt otherwise.

“Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race,” Romney said.

Since his comments about rape victims aired, Akin’s once commanding lead over McCaskill has disappeared and his campaign donations are drying up.  National GOP committees have threatened to withdraw their financial support as well.

 

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2 Responses to "Todd Akin on leaving Senate race: Hell no, he won’t go"

  1. Sandy Price  August 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I’ve said for years for everyone to read the Platform. The GOP may laugh at it, but they will accept it as their voice. I read it in 1988 and never voted for a Republican again. I’ve written about the agenda of the Religious Right but many people agree with it. The hypocrisy comes from the voters.

  2. Sandy Price  August 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Romney refused to ask Todd Akin to step down until Rush Limbaugh suggested it. Could it be that Chris Matthews is correct and Limbo is directing the GOP?

    I have been astonished at the power of Limbo and his talk radio program. I’m far out of listening to talk radio as I’m hooked on Satellite Radio but only on 74 which comes from the N.Y, Met. I have my little radio in my office with two special speakers set up in the kitchen and bedroom. I need the beauty of Verdi and Mozart in my life with political stuff after 6 pm.

    For a whole week, I listened to Limbo and was very offended at how he talked about women. I did this when an old dear friend suggested I get with the program and understand what really ran our politics. I was a Fox fan for several years and couldn’t even tolerate them after listening to Limbo. He soured me away from the GOP.

    The same thing happened after my affiliation with the Birch Society. .This was before I had a television and got my news from several newspapers and neighborhood meetings. It was at this time that I got a copy of the GOP Platform and saw the real authentic point of view of the GOP. I either got the flu or my entire body rejected the message from the RNC.

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