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Rep. Todd Akin Says He'll Continue Senate Bid: AUDIO

AkinRep. Todd Akin will ignore Republican calls for him to quit his race for U.S. Senate. He tells Mike Huckabee that he'll continue on.

Said Akin: "We are going to continue with this race for U.S. Senate."

Interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it will not support him.

“This is undoubtedly a difficult time for Congressman Akin, but the stakes in this election are far bigger than any one individual.  By staying in this race, Congressman Akin is putting at great risk many of the issues that he and others in the Republican Party are fighting for, including the repeal of ObamaCare.

“It should not be lost on anyone that some of the only voices not calling for Congressman Akin to do the right thing and step aside are Claire McCaskill and the leaders of the pro-abortion movement.   Senator McCaskill knows that the only way she wins re-election is if Todd Akin is her opponent in November.
 
“We continue to hope that Congressman Akin will do the right thing for the values he holds dear, but there should be no mistake – if he continues with this misguided campaign, it will be without the support and resources of the NRSC.”

Developing...

In related news, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) joined him earlier today in sending Republicans off a cliff:

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

A Democratic source flagged King’s praise of Akin in the KMEG interview to TPM. But potentially more controversial for King is his suggestion that pregnancies from statutory rape or incest don’t exist or happen rarely.

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  1. That's because he's likely to win. lol MURKA!

    Posted by: Mike B. | Aug 21, 2012 1:28:10 PM


  2. I'm not sure which is more frightening, these ignorant SOBs running for office, or the fact that some will still vote for them.

    Posted by: Kenneth | Aug 21, 2012 1:32:20 PM


  3. actually mike B.

    he isn't

    pre this he was double digits ahead and now latest PPP poll has it a tied race with only 1% separating (margin of error)and this only happened 2 days ago....majority of missouri voters aren't even aware yet

    he needs to just stay in till 5:01 tonight then he can do whatever

    post 5:00 tonight = his name on the ballot no matter what happens and Claire most likely to win re-election

    Posted by: say what | Aug 21, 2012 1:34:21 PM


  4. @Kenneth. The voters believe this stuff because they hear it every Sunday from the preacher who went to a non-accredited Bible college that did not teach basic science, history or math except a little accounting. (someone has to do the books)

    Posted by: Gus | Aug 21, 2012 1:44:42 PM


  5. These Repugs are so smug! But they know their constituents. Dumb and dumber voted in by the dumbest.

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Aug 21, 2012 1:47:42 PM


  6. He should stay in the race. His position on rape is exactly the same as that of the Republican Tea Party's leader, Rep. Paul Ryan, the presumptive GOP vice-presidential nominee. That's why he and Ryan co-sponsored a bill to redefine rape as "forcible rape" only. It didn't pass because it was a bridge too far for some of the less-insane Republican House members.

    Here's what they really believe. "Good" girls don't get pregnant. If the victim gets pregnant, that's proof that she enjoyed it and it wasn't a "legitimate" rape. If she had resisted and yelled and screamed a lot, that would have scared off the stork and she wouldn't have gotten pregnant in the first place.

    Now let me tell you how you can determine if a woman is a witch or not.

    Posted by: Ninong | Aug 21, 2012 1:57:02 PM


  7. @ Ninong

    "....Now let me tell you how you can determine if a woman is a witch or not."

    ha ha made me laugh, sadly

    Posted by: say what | Aug 21, 2012 1:59:42 PM


  8. This loon is actually on the House Science Committee, where he presumably champions research on exactly how the stork brings babies. Akin that is, I need to be more specific.

    Strangely enough, there is some research - although nothing conclusive - to suggest that the odds of rape producing pregnancy are actually higher than consensual sex: http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2012/08/19/your-chance-of-getting-pregnant-if-raped/

    Posted by: melvin | Aug 21, 2012 2:04:39 PM


  9. These guys are as whacked as the Taliban.
    Crazy bat sh crazy! King seems to be saying that there are magical powers at world that prevent a woman from becoming pregnant in cases of rape or incest or statutory rape. These guys REALLY don't know where babies come from. It's amazing!

    Posted by: dancobbb | Aug 21, 2012 2:08:28 PM


  10. And Akins has been on House Science Committees...tragic!

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Aug 21, 2012 2:24:51 PM


  11. I really am loving how this problem just won't go away for the rethugs. And it keeps affecting a wider and wider circle all the time - i.e. Mittens and his sidekick.

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 21, 2012 2:29:54 PM


  12. All he has done is express what his base feels. He just forgot to use his dog whistles.

    Posted by: Mikemike | Aug 21, 2012 2:43:03 PM


  13. wow, All Claire has to do is run ads with the whole Republican party condemning him and telling him to quit. She must be thrilled!!

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 21, 2012 2:55:40 PM


  14. The GOP establishment and party apparatus are running away from this guy because he publicly articulated GOP policy and explained the rationale behind it for many party members.

    Why anyone would vote for a party that doesn't want you to know what they stand for is beyond me.

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 21, 2012 3:06:24 PM


  15. It's a wonder the GOP can stand up and walk around with all the heavy millstones around their necks like this guy. The Repubs are in quicksand and sinking further every day.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 21, 2012 3:23:41 PM


  16. Ultimately, this is great news. It opens up the race for Claire to win.

    Actually, the extreme Right Tea Party are a gift to the Democrats. As with Harry Reid, they lost a seat that they might have won because of their extreme views.

    Posted by: gr8guya | Aug 21, 2012 3:49:41 PM


  17. "Ultimately, this is great news. It opens up the race for Claire to win."

    I doubt it. If the Rachel Maddows and the rest of the left-leaning national media continue to attack him, the almost certain result is that people in rural Missouri will turn out in droves to vote for him just to spite the "elites" in New York and California that they despise more than anything.....

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 21, 2012 4:20:04 PM


  18. This will be an interesting. Just how far can Akin take his base's hatred of East Coast elites and pride in their own ignorance? I think he may be able to take it all the way to the Senate.

    Posted by: Tony N SF | Aug 21, 2012 4:40:16 PM


  19. Good. Now the American people can see front and center just what the GOP has become.

    Posted by: Miao | Aug 21, 2012 5:07:11 PM


  20. Credit to Akin: he appears to be sincere in his convictions despite mounting pressure to downplay or disavow them.

    This isn't the fight that the GOP wants. It's good for firing up the base, but forcing a raped woman to carry a child to term is not as popular a position with the general public as they'd like to believe, despite the frequency with which they coo it into the ears of said base.

    Posted by: AnotherG | Aug 21, 2012 7:54:59 PM


  21. Credit to Akin: he appears to be sincere in his convictions despite mounting pressure to downplay or disavow them.

    This isn't the fight that the GOP wants. It's good for firing up the base, but forcing a raped woman to carry a child to term is not as popular a position with the general public as they'd like to believe, despite the frequency with which they coo it into the ears of said base.

    Posted by: AnotherG | Aug 21, 2012 7:55:00 PM


  22. Thankfully he is staying in the race. That may be the only chance that Sen Claire McCaskill D-Missouri has of winning re-election in a pretty conservative state. Control of the Senate may be riding on this Missouri race.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 22, 2012 12:45:03 AM


  23. "Why anyone would vote for a party that doesn't want you to know what they stand for is beyond me."

    Substitute 'religion' for 'party' and that's just the philosophy of the LDS when it comes to their missionary work. (It's called 'lying for the lord.') It certainly seems to be Romney's basic guiding principle.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 22, 2012 7:54:57 AM


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