Todd Akin

  1. If the Republicans are going to win control of the Senate, they need Missouri.”

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    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, at a campaign event Monday for Rep. Todd Akin’s (R) Senate campaign. 

    More than a month after his controversial remarks about rape and abortion, Akin’s campaign is trying to get back on track in its bid to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

    Akin has already raised nearly $600,000 through small donor contributions and has received the endorsement of the Missouri Farmer’s Bureau since the Republican National Committee dropped their support for him. 

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  2. I’m not getting out. Our polling data and everything says we’re going to win this race. That’s the plan and that’s what we’re focused on.”

    - Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican Senate candidate

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  3. Rep. Todd Akin, the Missouri Republican Senate candidate, is all over the news since his comments on a Sunday news show about women having the ability to “shut that whole thing down” and not get pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape.” 

    PhillyNow.com points out that such theories have been around for a while among anti-abortion politicians: 

    Last year, Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey was the primary sponsor (and several Pennsylvania Republicans and Democrats were co-sponsors) of a woman-shaming bill oddly dubbed the “No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act.” It sought to redefine rape so that those who receive Medicaid, and who were raped, could only get an abortion if said rape could be proven to have looked like a violent scene out of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

    … 

    But that’s not all. Or new. Former GOP state Rep. Stephen Freind of Delaware County noted in a 1988 debate that the odds of a rape victim becoming pregnant are, “one in millions and millions and millions.” He claimed women have the power to “secret[e] a certain secretion which has a tendency to kill the sperm.”

    In 1979, Federal Judge James Leon Holmes said: “Concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami.”

    blogs.philadelphiaweekly.com »

  4. I misspoke one word in one sentence on one day, and everything changed overnight… [the Republicans] asked me to step aside. We are not getting out of this race. I’m in this race for the long haul, and we’re going to win it.”

    - Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), on “The Dana Show.” Current Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and former Missouri senators Jim Talent, John Danforth, Christopher Bond, and John Ashcroft, all Republicans, asked Akin to step down from the race for Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-Mo.) seat in Congress. Akin also appeared on other conservative radio shows today after cancelling an appearance on “Piers Morgan Tonight" last night.
  5. The political world erupted after Rep. Todd Akin’s statements about rape and abortion on Sunday. 

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch provided a broad analysis of how his comments would affect the race for Sen. Claire McCaskill’s seat in on Capitol Hill, conservative columnists and politicians, including Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, distanced themselves from Akin, and conservative journalists and asked him to step down.

    McCaskill, on the other hand, probably had to have staffers restrain her from doing a premature victory dance while she argued that Akin should stay on the ballot on MSNBC’s Morning Joe . Host Joe Scarborough even announced her as “the woman re-elected last night.”

    Unofficial footage from McCaskill’s campaign headquarters after Akin’s comments 

    "This statement is kind of a window into Todd Akin’s mind," McCaskill said on the show.  She also cited her years as an attorney who worked on hundreds of rape cases.  

    Basically, the nation, including the GOP, all agreed yesterday: Todd Akin said something wrong, on a moral level and a political level.

    But let’s backtrack here for a moment and ask why this comment is such an affront to the public conscience.

    First, here’s the full quote from the interview on KTVI, the St. Louis FOX affiliate:

    Charles Jaco: What about in the case of rape? Should it be legal or not?

    Akin: “People always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. 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.  But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something.  I think there should be some punishment, but I the punishment should be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

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  6. Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s response to a Sunday news show question on abortion has some in the GOP calling for him to bow out of the race, She the People’s Melinda Henneberger writes.  

    Here’s more on his original comments. 

    “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

    Washington Post »

  7. Rep. Todd Akin won his bid to to take on U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in the Missouri Senate race in November. 

    Akin, 65, has Tea Party credentials and conservative appeal. He got a push from evangelicals, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, in the final days of the race on his way to topping businessman John Brunner and State Treasurer Sarah Steelman.

    "I don’t know that Missouri voters will ever have more of a contrast," McCaskill said in an interview with the Associated Press. ”The issue here is not whether you can label him a conservative, but whether or not he is on the fringe — a very extreme candidate. I believe he is.”

    McCaskill is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the Senate in 2012. 

    Washington Post »

  8. Former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman has announced that she has won the support of former Alaska Governor and GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin in the Missouri U.S. Senate Primary. Steelman is running against U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and businessman John Brunner.

    In response to the endorsement, Brunner’s campaign released a statement: ”We are surprised that a conservative like Sarah Palin would endorse a pro-labor, pro-trial lawyer, pro-tax, anti-business candidate like Sarah Steelman who clearly is an unreliable conservative. Governor Palin must surely be unaware of Steelman’s anti-conservative record.

    "We are confident that when voters learn the true records of these three candidates, they will conclude that John Brunner is the only reliable conservative who can defeat Claire McCaskill and go to Washington, DC to get America working again.

    Some feel Palin’s endorsement will help gain Steelman support among members of the Tea Party and give her an edge over her rivals. 

    - Robert Abel

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