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Librarian
08-20-2012, 10:37 PM
U.S. congressman stirs outcry with comments on rape, pregnancy

The Associated Press
Published Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 5:06PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 12:34PM EDT


http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/u-s-congressman-stirs-outcry-with-comments-on-rape-pregnancy-1.920869
http://www.occidentaldissent.com/forum/showthread.php?p=5794#post5794
http://stumbleinn.net/forum/showthread.php?p=352715#post352715
http://previousdissent.com/forums/showthread.php?20410-Real-Missouri-Conservative-Todd-Akin-vs-Mittens-Romney-Establishment-Republicunts&p=28498#post28498
http://whitenationalist.org/forum/showthread.php?p=6513#post6513







http://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.920874!/httpImage/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/landscape_960/image.jpeg
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo
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ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, a conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in the case of "a legitimate rape," adding that conception in such cases is rare.

Akin, a six-term congressman running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill, was asked in an interview on St. Louis television station KTVI if he would support abortions for women who have been raped.

"It seems to me first of all from what I understand from doctors that's really rare," Akin said. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Akin said of a rape victim's chances of becoming pregnant.

Akin said in an emailed statement later Sunday that he "misspoke" during the interview, though the statement did not specify which points or comments.
"In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it's clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year," Akin's statement said.
Akin also said in the statement he believes "deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action."

Akin's comments also brought a swift rebuke from the campaign of presumptive Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

"Governor Romney and Congressman (Paul) Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin's statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape," Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said.

McCaskill, who is seeking a second term, said Sunday in an emailed statement that she found the comments "offensive."

"It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape," McCaskill said. "The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive."

This month, Akin won the state's Republican U.S. Senate primary by a comfortable margin. During the primary, Akin enhanced his standing with TV ads in which former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee praised him as "a courageous conservative" and "a Bible-based Christian" who "supports traditional marriage" and "defends the unborn."
Akin, a former state lawmaker who first won election to the U.S. House in 2000, also has a long-established base among evangelical Christians and was endorsed in the primary by more than 100 pastors.

Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, on Sunday called Akin's remarks "flat-out astonishing."

"That kind of rhetoric re-traumatizes sexual assault victims. . . . That kind of talk, I believe, is intended to shame women," she told AP Radio.

Akin was interviewed on KTVI's "The Jaco Report," and also talked about numerous campaign issues, such as voter ID laws, the economy and Medicare. KTVI said the interview was conducted earlier in the week.

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PastorLindstedt
08-20-2012, 11:40 PM
From May 8, 2002: Missouri Republicunts can't stand free speech

Newton County Repubicant Party Polytrickal Meeting

Fighting With Some Imperial Whigger Supremacist Politicians & Their Mob


http://whitenationalist.org/lindstedt/ml050802.html
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mo_reform_party/message/1133
http://www.occidentaldissent.com/forum/showthread.php?p=5795#post5795
http://stumbleinn.net/forum/showthread.php?p=352718#post352718
http://previousdissent.com/forums/showthread.php?20410-Real-Missouri-Conservative-Todd-Akin-vs-Mittens-Romney-Establishment-Republicunts&p=28499&posted=1#post28499
http://whitenationalist.org/forum/showthread.php?p=6515#post6515






Date: Wed, 8 May 2002 13:01:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: Martin Lindstedt (martin_lindstedt@yahoo.com)
Subject: Press Release -- Transcript, Speech to NCCCCP of approx 7:15-7:19 p.m. May 7, 2002
To: Jay Kanzler 4 State Auditor (jay@jaykanzler.com)

Press Release from Martin 'Mad Dog' Lindstedt,
Repubican Candidate for U.S. Senate, from a State of
Missery:


Transcript of Video-taped proceedings before Newton
County Republican Party mob, approximately 7:15-7:19
p.m. May 5, 2002:


Myself:

My name is Martin Lindstedt and I am running for
United States Senate and I don't stand a chance in
hell of getting elected.

[Mob of Repubican-whigger rabble]: (giggles, clapping,
an a-men)

Myself:
However . . . -- Or of getting elected in this
county.

However, what I can do is pretty much show that
it's set for a Democrat will win and that the Missouri
Republican Party is dead meat insofar as state-wide
elections go. It's like it was last election. [In
2000]

Ah, . . . Mr. . . . , {glancing back at Nick
Myers, Newton County Republican Chairman} Ah. . . ,
Myers, didn't want to let me speak here, but he did
want his state-wide auditor candidate [Jay Kanzler]
[to speak], and then we had a little legal
back-and-forth, and he gave me the choice of talking
tonight or later at Crowder. And the reason that I'm
gonna say is that generally what happens is that this
is typical for the lot of you because most of you
can't even obey your own rules and laws and you go
ahead and make up exceptions to benefit yourself. And
in fact the majority of the People know that. . . .

In this county, it's true enough . . .

By the way, there's another opposed
office-holder, it's for presiding commissioner, and
there's a Libertarian running for it, and it's my
girlfriend, and you will [see], there will be
something [opposition] in the general election.

But what I'm pleased to see is that nobody but
you politicians and Republicans are here. Which means
that the vast majority of People in Newton County,
they really don't care one way or the other, they're
just gonna vote for whatever gets chosen [in the
Republican August primary election]. And that's not a
good thing for [Repub] state-wide candidates, for the
reason of it is that unless there is a reason to go to
the polls in November, [the] People are not going to
show up for the polls, and the thing about it is
[that] it won't give you guys enough to pull up
[electorially] outside of Kansas City and St. Louis.
So I assure you, state-wide [Repub] candidates have
already lost the general election [in November].

This is [gesturing to Newton County Republicans
sitting behind me] an election of who you choose
locally. And I have fought with quite a few of these
people -- a few were incumbents -- or challengers, and
I'll tell you about what I do know about them on my
Web page.

And what happens is that some of you, whether or
not you choose, like Sodom and Gomorrah did choose
their leadership, you will probably end up in the
exact same place they went to.

[Upon mentioning what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah,
the extremely anal-retentive Certified Pubic
Accountant and Repubican County Chair-Critter Nick
Myers acted like he had gotten something
less-than-normally pleasurable rammed up his ass like
a hot poker. He came off his seat and grabbed for the
microphone. I had been been speaking since I had been
handed the mike for exactly two minutes and 18
seconds.]

Note: The faggot judge, Greggie Stremel, was running for re-selection that year and sitting on the stage behind me and that is why Nicky Myers was all pissy over it because I was staring pointedly over my shoulder at Greggie Stremel. --PMLDL

Myself:
The fact of the matter is, this war [Myers
reaches for mike] we're having now . . .

Myers:
You better watch your language . . .

Myself:
What'd I say? -- About Sodom and Gomorrah?

Myers:
That's right.

Myself:
It's in the Bible . . .

Myers:
[Inaudible] You didn't come here to insult the
candidates . . . did you?

Myself:
I'm not insulting anyone . . . Who did I name?
Insult?

Repubican Mob: [Inaudible]

Myself:
Mister, why don't you let me have my free time,
and then you guys can do whatever you want to do, in
this county for as long as you guys are in power. OK?

[Myers sits down]

Myself:
I'd like, I'd like a few minutes here. . . .

This war you guys have started, the
chances are that it is gonna end up with a majority of
you killed. Because the fact of the matter is . . .

[Claude Blakely then sounded his three-minute bullhorn
three seconds early. Blakely never ever sounded his
bullhorn at any other of the Republican candidates,
just merely waved a sheet of paper and let them finish
as they wanted to. Of course, none of them were
interrupted by a Repubican politician with the
assistance of a Repubican mob either. Blakely is
retiring as County Assessor after 30 years as a
professional politician, which is why there were so
many Republicans running for the open seat.]

Myers gets up.

Myself:
Ah, can I have a few minutes to make . . .

Repubican mob: No! No! Boo! Clap, clap.

Myself:
I had my three minutes interrupted by you. That
simply goes to show that you people can't obey any
laws.
[Handing the microphone to Myers, and walking off the
stage.] G'day.

Myers, fumbling, with an idiotic smirk on his face
waiting while I am walking down the stage stairs.:
Martin, I think as I told you earlier that your're
the only person that had a choice in which night to
speak on.

Myself, loudly, sans microphone:
You made up that rule, Mister! And you went ahead
and interrupted my three minutes time!
No! I'm just simply going ahead speaking to this!

Myers, with frozen silly smirk:
Hey!

Myself:
[If] this is a democracy, you'll let me speak!

Repubican mob: Boo! Clap, clap.

Repubican heckler:
This is a Republic!

Myself:
Fine! A Republic of degenerates then!
You guys can't obey your own rules!

Repubican mob:
Now! You're out of . . .

Roy D. House: (The fool's wife is running for Newton
County Auditor or collector)
Sergeant at arms! Remove him!

Myself:
I am simply responding!

Repubican mob:
Sit down! Yeah! [As I have gotten to my chair, and
videocamera.]

Myself:
I will sit down, I won't say another word if you guys
will obey your own laws.

Mob: [Inaudible]

Myself:
I'm not keeping you guys, I'm not keeping you guys
from proceeding with your business, am I?

Mob heckler:
Call the next candidate!

[ Since I have already sat down, provoked the mob
enough, and pretty much gotten what I wanted, I was
all in favor of the next candidate being called.
After all, the Republican mob had gotten to silence me
and I certainly had no intention of putting the mob on
notice that I had captured their conduct on camera, to
show not only the Democrats, but the entire world that
this is what an American mob, not a whit different
than the homosexual rape-mobs of Sodom and Gomorrah
five thousand years ago, a mob of complete moral
degenerates, fit for the exact same justice that Jesus
Christ warned them about in Matthew 11:21-24.]

Myers:
It doesn't take that long to lose control.

Republican mob:
Ha, Ha!

Myers:
I, next, . . . [listening to Helen Swen], Yes, . . .
that's true, it is a Republican . . . gift . . . ,
that it's open to the general public, . . . I think
that we, we just proved that we can be pretty fair, .
. . Ah, on down the ballot Roy Blunt is running for
Congress . . . .



End of Relevant Transcript

========================

Folks, I am not making this up. I was hoping that
something like this would happen. Which is why I
brought along my old VHS video-camera, and thanks to a
video-capture card in my old computer, I have
digitized the entire 1 1/2 proceeding, although I was
towards the front end of the program. I can then send
this via a CD-ROM via a mpg file, which works just
fine with my old Pentium 166 running Win95.

Anyone who wants a copy of a CD-ROM, along with my
WWW page and some of my legal combat files, can send
me $10 and I'll send them a copy to any U.S. address.

Now for those who wonder why I didn't ask Nick
Myers what was his beef against YHWH destroying Sodom
and Gomorrah, or why I didn't also add that I "Thank
God 4 GAIDS" every day, although I sure wish He would
kill a few million more niggers, greasers and faggots
extra, let me point out my strategy:

I went to this meeting hoping that I would be
able to take advantage of the stupidity, cowardice,
and moral degeneracy of the Newton County Republican
Party. I had reason to think that I'd get them to do
something stupid and tyrannical, after all, they are
typical whigger politicians, and I've never met one of
that sort that I've not been able to outsmart and
out-maneuver. When I met the idiotic Nick Myers, I
knew that I had hit the mother load of moral, mental,
and political degeneracy. I went there hoping that the
Repubicans would violate my 'c[sn]ivil' 'rights.' (I
don't believe in any such things as 'rights' -- the
only sure solution to maintain freedom is a ruthless,
remorseless absolute willingness to destroy absolutely
any criminal and his family infringing on a single
social priviledge to such clear-sighted men.) And
then, to take absolute advantage politically of
Repubican malfeasance.

Now the worst thing that could have happened is
if these Repubic polytickians had been moral and
decent human beings who would have acted in a
professional manner. Yes, the odds of that were
extremely slim, but there is one or two of them, like
Kay Baum, the Newton County Clerk, who would have
acted professionally, and if I'd tried to buffalo her,
then I'd have looked like an ill-bred churl. But she
is in an uncontested primary election, so she had no
dog in that fight.

So the point of my showing up was to hope that
these Repubican moral degenerates and professional
politicians would violate my civil and political
rights, and then I would have a chance to make them
pay for their treasonous hypocrisy before the public
eye. Once the moral high ground is seized in
political warfare, one can destroy any opponents'
political position at leisure. These people are
asking the public to trust them with their lives and
property. You show the public that this trust would
be misplaced, then the culprit will find it almost
impossible to recover politically.

-------------

Nick Myers, in addition to being the Newton
County Republican Chairman, is Treasurer for Jay
Kanzler, a Republican candidate for state auditor. He
wanted to give his candidate a leg up by letting him
drone on before a Republican audience. So before the
meeting:

Myself: My name is Martin Lindstedt, and I'm
running for U.S. Senate. Is this a forum only for
state-wide candidates?

Myers: It is only for county candidates. The
state-wide candidates can speak at Crowder College in
June.

Myself: But I've heard that there is a state auditor
candidate who will be giving a speech. If he gets to
speak, then you should let other state-wide candidates
speak.

Myers: But he is here and set to go.

Myself: But I am here, and I too am set to speak.

Myers: But if you choose to speak tonight, then you
can't speak at Crowder.

Myself: So how long have you had this rule? I bet
you just made it up! ( I have not the slightest doubt
that if No-Talent, the Repub favorite to take on
Widder Minstrel-Show Mel Carnahan had shown up that
they would have let him speak at once and for as long
as the rascally geek wanted.)

Myers: You are going to have to choose! Tonight or
at Crowder!

Myself: Tonight -- and we shall see what happens by
June.

Helen Swem, the old female who is the political brains
of the Newton County Republican Party, was whispering
something in that degenerate idiot Myers' ear. I
suspect that it was something to the effect that Myers
couldn't legally favor his candidate over myself, and
that I had been known to sue political parties over
civil rights violations,

i.e. Lindstedt v Missouri Libertarian Party, et. al.,
160 F3d 1197-1199 (8th Cir.)

However, once that idiot Myers was out of Swem's
control, he run amok. Which works out fine with me.

Now what should I do?

For $150 I can file a federal civil rights
lawsuit against the Newton County Republican Party,
and under the theory that best way to kill a dog is to
beat the dog's master half to death for his dog's sins
and let him take care of his dog, file a federal civil
rights lawsuit against Jay Kanzler as well. Service
in Newton County by means of the sheriff's office will
cost $18-$25 and in St. Louis against Kanzler a bit
more. Included in the civil rights lawsuit would be a
federal injunction to allow me to speak at Crowder
College. The video-tape and transcript is crystal
clear -- I could request a quickie bench trial before
a federal magistrate. The political ramifications for
Myers and Kanzler would be devastating, as Kanzler is
facing a Republican primary opponent. If the primary
opponent refrains from pointing out that Kanzler is
under litigation for violating the civil rights of a
Missouri citizen, then the entrenched Democrat Claire
McCaskill, who is going to win the November general
election anyway, has the option of doing so. In
either case, this stink will last on this skunk at
least until November. Maybe longer.

Or, I might choose to be magnanimous. I could
demand that the Newton County Republican Party remove
Nick Myers as Chairman, and allow all Republican
candidates to speak, myself included, at Crowder
College. I would also demand that Jay Kanzler remove
Myers as his Treasurer.

When I asked Kanzler if Myers was his campaign
manager, Kanzler said "No!" Which is a half-truth.
Kanzler didn't seem too happy at Myers' stupid
bungling that night.

For a copy of video on CD-ROM in mpeg format,
send $10 to:

Martin 'Mad Dog' Lindstedt
Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate
338 Rabbit Track Road
Granby, Missouri 64844



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After letting the Republicunt ass-clowns cuntinue on-stage I immediately launched into this candidate Jay Kantzler who had Nicky Meyers as his campaign manager. I demanded to know if Nicky's antics were permissable. Kantzler wanted to waffle on putting itz own ass-clown on a leash and making it behave. So I had a "Mel Gibson Moment" years before Mel Gibson had his moment and asked Kantzler if he was a jew. "Are you a fucking jew? Because that's exactly the same trick a fucking jew would pull."

I went home mad that night. I stayed up late transcribing the video from the VHS camera compiled in that year before jewtube. And I decided to start a whispering campaign against Kantzler.


"Be smarter than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He appointed a dirty jew to serve as His treasurer and look where it got Him!!! Missouri don't need a dirty jew to serve as State Auditor. Elect the Christian, Al Hanson!!!"


I felt really good causing trouble for the Republicunts like that. And for whatever reason this guy named Al Hanson won, in part because everyone thought that Jay Kantzler was a lawyer and a dirty jew backed by the Establishment Republicans.



FELON UPSETS GOP'S PICK IN STATE AUDITOR PRIMARY: HANSON SERVED 9 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR FRAUD.

http://business.highbeam.com/435553/article-1G1-90237844/felon-upsets-gop-pick-state-auditor-primary-hanson

In the biggest upset of the primary election, Al Hanson, who served time in a Minnesota prison, beat the hand-picked candidate of the Missouri Republican Party for state auditor, lawyer Jay Kanzler of University City.

Hanson, 72, of Concordia, won the Republican nod Tuesday to challenge State Auditor Claire McCaskill. With nearly three-quarters percent of the vote counted, Hanson had run up nearly twice the votes that Kanzler had. Hanson spent less than $500 on the race while Kanzler spent $68,411.

Hanson was convicted of felony fraud and felony larceny in Minnesota in 1978 and served nine months in prison. He has refused to discuss his criminal record. He . . . .


Al Hanson had learned from his prison stay and created a prison ministry and became a solid citizen overall. But he hadn't kissed any Republican ass and had beaten their pick for State Auditor, Jay Kantzer. So what did the Missouri Republican Establishment do about someone like that not obligated to them? Same thing they are going to do to Todd Akin. Try to make him withdraw so that they get to pick their fair-haired jewboy or fuktard. In the case of Al Hansen, they knew that they wouldn't get Hansen to quit. So they threw the race to the Democrat candidate, a former Jackson County prostitutor bitch named . . . Claire McCaskill!!!

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Missouri's GOP leader rejects party nominee for state auditor.

Article from: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) | August 7, 2002

http://business.highbeam.com/435553/article-1G1-120216583/missouri-gop-leader-rejects-party-nominee-state-auditor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ Missouri Republican Party leaders moved quickly Wednesday to repudiate the party's surprise nominee for state auditor, Al Hanson of Concordia, Mo.

"I would tell all Republicans not to vote for or support Al Hanson for auditor," said Ann Wagner, co-chair of the national Republican Party and head of the state GOP.

Hanson, 72, was convicted of felony fraud and felony larceny in Minnesota in 1978 and served nine months in prison. A self-employed financial consultant, he has refused to discuss his criminal record.

Despite that record, Hanson swept every county and St. Louis on Tuesday, tallying 65 percent of the GOP primary vote against lawyer Jay . . .

.

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So Claire McCaskill got into that state office in an off year (2002) where she was able to run for governor in the Democrat primary against Bob Holden in 2004 and even though she lost, able then to run for U.S. Senate against that Repulsivecunt Jim No-Talent in 2006 and pick up the seat when Missourians were fed up with Dumbya and the Republicunts for starting and losing two wars and destroying Missouri economy under Matt 'Runt' Blunt as well. Sf it he might have never become anything other than a washed-up old twat prostitutor if it hadn't been for Establishment Republicunts throwing the race because somebody who wanted to run without kissing their ass beat out their pet jewboy lawyer candidate.

This gliberal Obongo McCaskill bitch knew that she was facing an uphill fight cum November. So she put out an ad saying that 'Todd Akin' was "too conservative" for Missouri. She knew that Todd Akin would pull his Second Congressional District of St. Louis and NE Missouri and that the "too conservative" for Claire McCaskill would enable him to win in the Seventh Congressional District of SouthWest Missouri. By having Akin as an extreme as opposed to a more moderate like Sarah Steelman and the Republicunt Establishment candidate St. Louis businessman John Brunner, McCaskill hoped to take social moderate voters who would be put off by Akin's extreme conservatism.

Looks like the evil bitch had some sense. Akin honestly said something which wasn't any problem when he was a Congressional candidate in the Second District and which would be used as a snare to encourage the chickenshit Establishment Republicans to betray him and sell him out.

Akin has no choice but to keep riding it out and not to quit and go into retirement as a has-been politician. He can win in Missouri by simply letting Claire McCaskill buy jewspaper ads and not fight the demonization and simply let the Republicunt Establishment chickenshit cocksuckers continue to betray him and hang in there for the win.

Be a Al Hanson Republican, Todd Akin. Keep on fighting and let the Republicunts cornhole theysselfs into irrelevance and oblivion. Shittens Romney isn't the choice of the conservative Missouri Republican voters who elected you to the nomination. So fuck them!!!

Hail Victory!!!

Pastor Martin Luther Dzerzhinsky Lindstedt
Church of Jesus Christ Christian/Aryan Nations of Missouri
http://whitenationalist.org/forum
http://mamzers.org/useful/audio/TMT

jewplin Glob
08-21-2012, 09:30 PM
Our View: Akin's comments spark legitimate outrage
news@joplinglobe.com
August 20, 2012


http://www.joplinglobe.com/editorial/x257411509/IN-OUR-VIEW-Akins-comments-spark-legitimate-outrage
http://whitenationalist.org/forum/showthread.php?p=6519#post6519






Two weeks ago, Claire McCaskill’s prospects for a second Senate term looked dubious. Moderate St. Louis Republican and private businessman John Brunner was leading in the Republican primary and preliminary polls showed him likely to beat McCaskill in a general election matchup.

But then things began to happen on the way to the forum. In full defiance of the “Buckley Rule” (vote not for the most conservative candidate, but the most conservative candidate who can actually get elected), Missouri Republicans bypassed Brunner, bypassed Sarah Steelman and made U.S. Rep. Todd Akin their choice.

On Sunday, Akin showed his party the wisdom behind Mr. Buckley’s “rule.”

During a KTVI-TV interview on Charles Jaco’s “The Jaco Report,” Akin was asked if he would support abortions for women who have been raped.

Akin said: “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.”

Akin added that if “that (the body shutting down), didn’t work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

Later Sunday, Akin released a statement saying that he “misspoke” during the interview, though the statement did not say specifically which points he “misspoke” about, what doctors he was citing or what he meant by “legitimate” rape.

Abortion is a very polarizing topic. We find absolutely nothing legitimate regarding Akin’s comments. We find Akin’s understanding of the human anatomy and the depth of ignorance in such a thought process outright offensive.

There was a time in this country when a man’s word was his bond and his honor sacred.

If it were up to us, Mr. Akin would reach deep into his soul and do the honorable thing. He should drop out of the race and open the door for a legitimate candidate.

But it’s not up to us. It’s up to the voters of Missouri, and it will be they who ultimately decide.

Librarian
08-21-2012, 09:42 PM
Todd Akin should drop out of Senate race, Romney says


By Nia-Malika Henderson and Paul Kane,
Published: August 21

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-eye-tuesday-deadline-for-akin/2012/08/21/fcf695a2-eb8c-11e1-9ddc-340d5efb1e9c_story.html
http://whitenationalist.org/forum/showthread.php?p=6521#post6521






Mitt Romney added firepower Tuesday to Republican demands that embattled Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin withdraw from the race, saying that Akin should accept the counsel of “his fellow Missourians.”

In his first explicit call for Akin’s exit after the Missouri congressman used the phrase “legitimate rape” when talking about abortion and pregnancy, Romney said: “As I said yesterday, Todd Akin’s comments were offensive and wrong and he should very seriously consider what course would be in the best interest of our country. Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race.”

Fighting back against enormous pressure by other Republican leaders to withdraw, Akin earlier Tuesday accused his critics of “overreaction” and used a radio interview to turn his campaign into a cause for “the regular people” against “the big party people.”

Akin’s remarks on rape and abortion have incited fury among liberals and conservatives alike. But in the afternoon interview on Mike Huckabee’s radio show, Akin said he would stick to his decision to stay in the race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

“I’ve had a chance now to have run through a primary, and the party people said when you win the primary then we’ll be with you. Well, they were with us. Then I said one word and one sentence on one day, and everything changed,” Akin told Huckabee, an early supporter. “I haven’t done anything morally or ethically wrong. It does seem like a little bit of an overreaction.”

He then went on to liken his decision to a type of crusade. “We believe taking this stand is going to strengthen our country — going to strengthen, ultimately, the Republican Party,” he said. “What we’re doing here is standing on a principle of what America is.”

Akin said that his supporters and “good friends, closer than brothers,” had asked him to stick it out. He added that he has received “continuing calls from other congressmen” expressing their support. (He did not name any of these congressmen.)

He compared his race to the GOP primary, when he was outraised by rivals and lacked institutional backing. And he referred to the potential to attract more independent voters. “I realize that there are now a lot of other bravehearts that don’t fit into the political parties exactly,” he said. “I believe there is a cause here, and there is a part of the message that’s missing, and a lot of the people feel left out of the parties.

“What we’re seeing right now is a tremendous outpouring of support from just regular small people,” he said. “They’re not the big party people.”

Republicans were hoping Akin would heed their calls to withdraw from the race (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/with-todd-akins-rape-comments-abortion-is-back-in-the-campaign-spotlight/2012/08/20/c497bae4-eac7-11e1-a80b-9f898562d010_story.html?hpid=z1) and preserve the party’s chances to take back the upper house. Akin’s interview drew quick rebuke from those ranks, citing potential harm to the party’s election chances.

The conservative super PAC American Crossroads said in a statement that “Rep. Akin faces a simple choice: Will he help Democrats hold the McCaskill seat and potentially the Senate majority by staying in the race, or will he help Republicans defeat Barack Obama’s most reliable ally in the Senate by getting out?”

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) also referred to the potential damage Akin could do to the Senate race. “As a father and a former prosecutor who defended victims of rape, I strongly denounce Rep. Todd Akin’s callous and offensive remarks. A crime as violent and heinous as rape should never be minimized, especially by a member of Congress,” Duffy said in a statement. “I repudiate his comments and call for him to step aside so the people of Missouri can put forth a viable candidate who can defeat Claire McCaskill in November.”

Akin has said repeatedly that he has no intention of ending his campaign (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwWJGEZNtGk), even as his prospects of winning have probably been diminished with Republican leaders pulling financial support from the contest and denouncing his comments.

Tuesday morning, with a 5 p.m. deadline looming for stepping aside without having to seek a court order, Akin released a new campaign commercial called “Forgiveness.”

“Rape is an evil act,” he says in the 30-second ad. “I used the wrong words in the wrong way, and for that I apologize.”

According to reports, the spot is part of a $150,000 ad buy set to run through Aug. 27, suggesting that Akin has dug in his heels, at least for now.

If Akin decides to withdraw, Republicans can select a replacement. But if he remains a candidate, he would have until Sept. 25 to petition a court to be removed from the ballot if he changed his mind.

After Sept. 25, Missouri candidate names remain on the ballot, even in the event of death.

GOP leaders have been putting heavy pressure on Akin to leave the race, with Romney earlier calling Akin’s comments “insulting, inexcusable and, frankly, wrong.”

“His comments about rape were deeply offensive. I can’t defend what he said; I can’t defend him,” Romney said on a interview with WMUR on Monday. “The thing he should consider is what’s in the best interest of the things he believes most deeply. What will help the country at this critical time.”

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) tweeted Tuesday: “I agree with @JohnCornyn for cutting off $. Akin should step aside now.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sens. John Cornyn (Tex.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) have also asked Akin to step aside, as has Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a statement Tuesday saying that they continued to hope that Akin bows out, noting that McCaskill has not called for him to quit.

“This is undoubtedly a difficult time for Congressman Akin, but the stakes in this election are far bigger than any one individual,” said Brian Walsh, NRSC spokesman, in a statement. “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.”

The controversy has become a distraction to Republican leaders as they prepare for their Tampa convention next week and finalize the party’s platform, which will include language supporting a ban on abortion except when the mother’s life is in danger, as first reported by CNN.

Democrats have labeled the party’s platform, which is similar to the abortion language the GOP used in 2004 and 2008, the “Akin Plank.”

In the wake of Akin’s comments, the Romney campaign released a statement Sunday saying that Romney and vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.

As Ryan prepared to address a crowd of more than 1,000 Tuesday morning at a steel supply factory near Pittsburgh (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/on-the-campaign-trail-democrats-seek-to-tie-paul-ryan-to-todd-akin/2012/08/21/e14b3d6c-eba5-11e1-b811-09036bcb182b_story.html), a sign greeting his motorcade underscored the messaging challenge that Akin brings to the national ticket:

“Ryan and Akin Agree: Only Some Rapes Count,” read a handmade poster, which was held by one of two dozen protesters down the street from Beaver Steel Services.

Democrats have seized on the comments, aiming to tie Akin to Ryan, and widen the gender gap — Obama has a 22-point favorability advantage over Romney when it comes to women.

In 2011, Ryan, Akin and other GOP candidates co-sponsored a bill that would have strengthened federal prohibitions on abortion funding, redefining rape so that only “forcible rape” would be exempt from the restriction.

Ryan also joined Akin in co-sponsoring a “personhood bill” in 2009 which would grant legal rights to embryos.

President Obama weighed in Monday with a surprise appearance in the press briefing room at the White House.

“Rape is rape, and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me,” Obama said. “So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health-care decisions on behalf of women.”

The Missouri race has been a priority for Republicans who see the seat as a must-win for their chances of taking the Senate.

Republicans need four seats to claim the majority — or three if Romney defeats Obama, giving Ryan the tie-breaking vote — and have long viewed McCaskill as the most vulnerable Democrat running for reelection.

A Public Policy Polling survey released late Monday showed Akin with a slight lead over McCaskill (http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/08/akin-44-mccaskill-43.html), 44 percent to 43 percent.

Yet Democrats have long viewed Akin as their best chance to retain the seat because of his conservative views.

Missouri has increasingly tilted away from Democrats since McCaskill’s 2006 victory. In the days leading up to Akin’s Aug. 7 primary victory, GOP strategists issued memos claiming that any of the three contenders would defeat McCaskill, but senior advisers made it clear they preferred either of the two alternatives to Akin: John Brunner, a businessman who had the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Sarah Steelman, a former state treasurer backed by Sarah Palin.

Felicia Sonmez contributed to this report.

Librarian
08-24-2012, 10:52 PM
Patsy Buckwheat: A Grand Old Party in Panic

by Pat Buchanan (http://whitenationalist.org/lindstedt/ml102500.html)


http://www.lewrockwell.com/buchanan/buchanan260.html
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-akin-panic/
http://whitenationalist.org/forum/showthread.php?p=6543#post6543







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Whittaker Chambers said that "the great failing of American conservatives is they do not retrieve their wounded."

He had it right, as Todd Akin can testify.

In an interview that aired last Sunday, Akin, the Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, was asked whether he opposed abortions for women who had been raped. Akin's reply:
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"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 the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."
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As no rape is "legitimate," this was a colossal gaffe.

Yet anyone reading his statement knows what Akin meant. He was saying that in an actual rape – from what doctors have told him – the likelihood of pregnancy is rare. But if a pregnancy did occur, the punishment should be imposed on the rapist not the unborn child.

This was the moral position of those extremists John Paul II and Ronald Reagan. Of more interest, then, was the Republican reaction.

Howls for Akin to get out of the race came from pundits, talk show hosts, members of the Senate and the GOP's monied elite that is raising hundreds of millions in hope of a sweep of both houses of Congress and the White House in November. Akin is henceforth not to get a dime.

Even Paul Ryan, whose position on abortion appears identical to that of Akin, called and urged him to drop out.

Who came to Akin's defense? The Family Research Council. As President Nixon once told me, "Count your friends when you're down."

What does this hysteria over one egregious gaffe reveal?

A deep-seated fear, a gnawing anxiety among Republicans that the positions they have held and hold on social and moral issues, and even on economics and foreign policy, no longer command the support of a majority of their countrymen.

Consider. While the three amigos – John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham – are all for intervention in Syria, the Republican Party has fallen largely silent.

Where are the Republican and neocon hawks of yesteryear now that Barack Obama is pulling out of Afghanistan, when the expected result of a U.S. withdrawal is a Taliban takeover and massacre of many of those Afghans foolish enough to have cast their lot with the Americans?

Any Republicans demanding we stay the course in Afghanistan?

Rather than hearing the old paeans to free trade we used to get from Bush I and II, Republicans now talk about getting tough with China and fighting the "unfair" trade practices of foreign regimes.

Milton Friedman, whose writings Republicans once read as gospel, said we should throw America's markets open to the world, no matter the protectionist policies of others, because cheaper imports benefit all of America's consumers.

No Republican talks like that anymore. Yet none seems to have a solution to these endless trade deficits debilitating our economy other than to ignore them or accuse the Chinese of "currency manipulation."

With homosexual marriage gaining converts among the young, the party of the Moral Majority declines to stand with Chick-fil-A.

On right-to-life, see the Republicans flee from Todd Akin, who committed a gaffe while restating his support for what has been a plank of the Republican platform since 1980.

Bewailing deficits, Republicans demand a balanced budget. And the Ryan budget does that – in 28 years.

Why so long? Because real budget cuts entail real pain.

Where is Mitt Romney going to slash a budget that consumes a fourth of the U.S. economy?

Not defense. Mitt promises to increase that. He cannot cut interest on the debt, which must rise as interest rates climb from today's near-zero levels. He says he will not cut Medicare.

Is he going to cut Social Security? How about taking an ax to Medicaid, food stamps, student loans, school lunches, Head Start, aid to education, Pell Grants, EPA, the FBI and the earned income tax credit?

What the reactions to Akin's gaffe and the congressional skinny-dipper in the Sea of Galilee expose is a fear in the soul of the GOP that history is passing it by and the end may be near.

For decades, the GOP has been the party that cuts marginal tax rates, opposes abortion, defends traditional marriage, sends troops to fight for our values abroad and slashes government spending.

Today's GOP establishment is queasy even talking about social issues and recognizes that the new America has had it with the Afghanistans and Iraqs, wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent and contains scores of millions who will punish any politician who threatens their benefits.

The GOP's insoluble problem is that the multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual country they created with their open borders appears not to like the brand of dog food the party sells.

Beating up on Todd Akin is not going to change that.


August 24, 2012

jewplin Glob
08-27-2012, 10:35 PM
Area Republicans weighing future with Todd Akin

By Susan Redden
sredden@joplinglobe.com
August 25, 2012


http://www.joplinglobe.com/topstories/x1971508436/Area-Republicans-weighing-future-with-Todd-Akin
http://whitenationalist.org/forum/showthread.php?p=6562#post6562







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Chairman of Jasper County Republican Central Committee John Putnam rehangs a Todd Akin sign at Seventh and Duquesne on Wednesday morning.
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Not since 1884 has a campaign spun so quickly because of a single phrase.

Back then, U.S. Sen. James Blaine, a Republican from Maine and a former secretary of state, thought he could maintain the hold Republicans had on the White House since 1860 if he picked up support from Irish Catholics in New York.

He might have won the presidency, too, but one of his leading supporters, a minister named Samuel Burchard, insulted a large portion of the electorate by referring to Democrats as the party of “rum, Romanism and rebellion.”

Like Todd Akin’s opponents today, Democrats at the time made sure every voter knew what had been said. Blaine lost the support of Irish Catholics in New York and with it, the White House.

People at the time said the Republicans, like the Philistines of old, had been slain with the jawbone of an ass.

How much Akin has undone the ambitions of Republicans in 2012 may not be known until November, but across the country Democrats today are hoping to get the same kind of mileage out of Akin’s comments on rape and abortion that their party got 128 years ago.

After passing a quasi-deadline on Tuesday to exit the race, Akin’s next deadline to leave is Sept. 27, the final date he could receive a court order demanding his name be removed from the ballot.

If Akin continues to stay in, he will have to focus on getting out the vote in those parts of the state where he is popular, which includes his home turf near St. Louis and the Republican Masada that is Southwest Missouri.

GOP Decision

Carthage resident John Putnam was an early Akin stalwart. Both men, in fact, have been known to dress in period costume from the American Revolution.

Putnam and his wife, Merre, have donated nearly $10,000 to Akin since last year, according to the Federal Election Commission.

On Tuesday night, during a reorganization meeting of Jasper County Republicans, Putnam was re-elected chairman of the Jasper County Republican Central Committee.

During that meeting he put the question to party faithful: Do they tell the Akin campaign that the St. Louis congressman should drop his Senate bid, or do they tell him to push on?

“I put it on the table,” Putnam said of the question.

The consensus was that Akin should stay in the race.

Holly Snow was at the meeting, and in fact was elected vice chairman.

While still “very much a staunch Akin supporter,” Snow, of Carthage, said the lesson of Akin’s remarks is that “any male politician should never, ever, ever talk about how a woman’s body works.”

Akin “made a terrible choice in the words he chose, and he admitted it. But I know him and he has real integrity, and I will continue to support him and fight against Claire McCaskill.”

But Snow also acknowledged the flap took the steam out of party conservatives who had grown increasingly excited with the selection of Paul Ryan as presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate.

Snow said she believes Akin still can win “because people know how important it is.”

But Jenny Mansfield, of Carthage, a longtime activist with the Republican Party and another member of the central committee, said she did not vote for Akin in the primary and definitely will not vote for him in November. She was not at Tuesday’s meeting, but she was unsparing in her criticism of Akin afterward.

“I am a Republican and a conservative, but I’m also a woman and I understand that rape is rape,” she said. “I think there are too many extremists on the left and the right, and the government has gotten involved in issues that are none of the government’s business — period.”

Mansfield said she believed Akin’s decision to remain on the ticket “absolutely will cost the party and he showed his true colors when he wouldn’t get out.”

On Wednesday, after the informal vote, Putnam strung back up Akin banners at the local Republican headquarters at Seventh Street and Duquesne Avenue, after they had been pulled down.

‘Damaged’

During a similar meeting in Newton County that same night, where Nick Myers was re-elected chairman, the debate over Akin had both sides charged.

Myers said several in the room described Akin’s comment as “indefensible,” but noted he had asked for forgiveness.

“They see it as his decision to make because he was elected,” Myers said, referring to the primary contest and the question of whether Akin should quit the race.

But others noted that while Akin won, he didn’t have overwhelming support even before his controversial remarks.

“Some also pointed out that more than 60 percent of the vote went to other candidates,” Myers said.

According to Myers, many Newton County Republicans said the race is about more than one person, and the defeat of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, is the priority for Republicans, both locally and around the country. Victory could give the GOP a Senate majority, making it easier for Romney, should he win, to implement his agenda — or more difficult for incumbent Barack Obama to advance his.

“They’re more interested in having a person in there who can help repeal Obamacare. They want someone who can win the race, and he (Akin) is seriously damaged,” Myers said.

The chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, David Cole, of Cassville, sent a memo to members of the Republican State Committee last week indicating that Akin’s comments are “not just a distraction” but “pose a threat to our party’s chances of retaking control of the U.S. Senate,” and it also could affect other Missouri races.

War Chest

Although Akin has chosen to stay in, the question remains about whether he can afford the race.

Although it still has TV advertising time reserved in Missouri, the National Republican Senatorial Committee says it will pull $5 million of planned ads if Akin stays in the race. The conservative Crossroads group, associated with Republican strategist Karl Rove, also halted its anti-McCaskill ads and said it will pull out of Missouri if Akin doesn’t go.

FreedomWorks for America, a powerful organizer among tea party activists, had been likely to support Akin in the general election with door-to-door canvassers, phone calls, mailed fliers, yard signs and online advertising. Now the group has joined the chorus calling for Akin to give up.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has aired TV ads against McCaskill, also has no plans for further involvement in Missouri’s Senate race, a spokeswoman said.

On the other hand, the Republican National Coalition for Life still supports Akin and could direct money his way before the general election, said coalition Director Dianne Edmondson. Missouri Right to Life remains staunchly behind Akin. But it has not typically waged big-dollar TV blitzes, either.

Abandoned by deep-pocketed national groups, Akin is passing a collection plate among his remaining supporters, asking for a few dollars at a time. He claimed Thursday to have taken in more than $100,000 during a two-day online fundraising drive that he portrayed as a grass-roots effort to circumvent “party bosses” who demanded that he drop out. He then sent out a new fundraising email asking supporters to chip in $5 toward a goal of raising an additional $25,000. Earlier in the week, he pleaded for $3 donations.

“It’s very difficult, when you have the limited base we have in Missouri, to send emails out asking for $3 at a time,” said Pat Thomas, secretary of the Missouri Republican State Committee who has worked as a coordinator for numerous candidates. “I don’t know how to build a war chest to do that.”

PAC Play

“Unless (political action committees) change their minds, that’s going to be one of the major impacts of the campaign,” said Doug Brooks, of Joplin, who is a member of the Democratic National Committee.

“Claire (McCaskill) had been targeted heavily by nationwide PACS that were prepared to spend millions in this race,” he said. “It will make a big difference in Claire’s campaign, but it also could do that for the president since a lot of the money was trying to tie Claire to the president and health care.”

Brooks said he also believed perceptions on health care reforms will change as the campaign moves forward.

The furor actually could have some positive effects, Putnam said, because much of Akin’s core support “is from grass-roots people who aren’t going to be pushed around by party bosses.

“He (Akin) voted against No Child Left Behind after President Bush called him and asked him to vote for it,” Putnam noted.

He said the controversy has also made Akin, who was not well-known outside of his suburban St. Louis district before the race, a household name nationwide.

“If there was any lack of name recognition, good or bad — it’s gone now,” he added.

Backer: GOP needs ‘spine’

While Republicans from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on down to Missouri’s current and former Republican senators, including Roy Blunt, John Ashcroft, Kit Bond, Jim Talent and John Danforth, asked Akin to step down, others are pushing him forward.

Chris Brown, president of a group known as the Missouri Republican Assembly, sent out a statement supporting Akin, indicating that the candidate misspoke, apologized and clarified his comments, and deserves state and national support.

“The Republican leadership needs to grow a spine,” the statement read. “Todd can win despite this misstep.”

Brown did not return calls for comment.

Brooks said Akin’s comments and his decision to remain on the ticket “bring the effect of Republican policies on women to the front and center.”

From Colorado to New Hampshire to Illinois, Democrats already are using the incendiary comments about rape made by the Missouri congressman and Republican Senate candidate as a political bludgeon.

“People are disgusted and appalled,” said Joe Miklosi, a Democratic congressional candidate in suburban Denver, who began tying his opponent, GOP Rep. Mike Coffman, to Akin within hours of learning about his comments this past Sunday.

Miklosi sent a tweet that read, “Mike Coffman and Todd Akin have been fighting side by side against women in Congress,” and posted a video online of footage of Akin praising Coffman on the House floor.

Coffman responded by calling for Akin to leave the race and decrying his rape comments as “wrong, inappropriate and hurtful to women across the country.”

It’s a scene repeated in House races nationwide, as Akin’s comments on rape are playing a role in more than a dozen House races in battleground states.

Even Romney and Ryan found themselves dragged into a debate last week over hot-button social issues, rather than talking about the economy, just days before a national convention aimed at showing a unified Republican party.

‘Bust my butt’

State Rep. Charlie Davis, R-Webb City, is one of three state representatives from the area — along with Republicans Bill White of Joplin and Mike Kelley of Lamar — who are listed as endorsing Akin on the candidate’s website. Davis and White also have given Akin money, according to the FEC.

Davis called Akin “a strong, principled man who apologized for what he said.

“If someone apologizes sincerely, I accept it and go on,” Davis said. “I’ll bust my butt for the campaign if he stays in, but if he decides to bow out, I’ll do it for his replacement.”

Correspondent Eli Yokley and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

jewplin Glob
09-17-2012, 10:34 PM
Missouri Senate, governor candidates to debate


http://www.joplinglobe.com/local/x1052803530/Missouri-Senate-governor-candidates-to-debate
http://whitenationalist.org/forum/showthread.php?p=6758#post6758






COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri’s candidates for U.S. Senate and governor are scheduled to meet Friday in back-to-back debates, marking the first such forums of the general election campaign.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, are to debate at 10:45 a.m. Friday in Columbia. Immediately before that, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is to face Republican challenger Dave Spence during a 9:30 a.m. debate. Both debates also are to include the Libertarian candidates — Jonathan Dine for Senate, and Jim Higgins for governor.

The hour-long candidate forums are being sponsored by the Missouri Press Association as part of its annual convention.

All the candidates have agreed to participate in the debates, though McCaskill’s campaign said Monday that the U.S. Senate is session this week and she could have a conflict if votes are occurring Friday morning.

Missouri’s Senate race shot into the national spotlight last month after Akin remarked in a TV interview that women’s bodies have ways of averting pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.” Akin has repeatedly apologized since then and has rejected calls from top Republicans — including presidential candidate Mitt Romney — to drop out of the race so that the Republican state committee can pick a replacement candidate.

Akin and McCaskill both have described their contest as one of sharp contrasts, including on the issues of health care, education, Social Security, taxes and other policies.

McCaskill, 59, is seeking her second six-year term in the Senate after previously serving as state auditor, Jackson County prosecutor and a lawmaker in both the Jackson County Legislature and the Missouri House of Representatives.

Akin, 65, is challenging McCaskill instead of seeking re-election to the 2nd Congressional District in suburban St. Louis, to which he first won election in 2000. Akin previously served in the Missouri House of Representatives.

In the governor’s race, Nixon, 56, is seeking a second four-year term. He previously served a record 16 years as state attorney general and, before that, served in the state Senate. Spence, 54, is making his first run for elected office after a career as a businessman. He stepped down last year as president and CEO of Alpha Packaging, which he bought in 1985.

The debates will occur at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia.

Librarian
09-22-2012, 05:01 AM
Akin defies GOP leaders, stays in Missouri senatorial race

The Associated Press
Associated Press
August 21, 2012


http://www.joplinglobe.com/topstories/x543539764/Akin-defies-GOP-leaders-stays-in-Missouri-senatorial-race
http://whitenationalist.org/forum/showthread.php?p=6790#post6790






JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation’s top Republicans on Tuesday and forged ahead with his besieged Senate bid, declaring that the party was overreacting to his comments that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape” and by insisting that he abandon his campaign.

Akin pledged to carry on with his quest to unseat Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri. But his bid faced tall obstacles: a lack of money, a lack of party support and no assurance that his apologies would be enough to heal a self-inflicted political wound.

“I misspoke one word in one sentence on one day, and all of a sudden, overnight, everybody decides, ‘Well, Akin can’t possibly win,’” he said on a national radio show hosted by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. “Well, I don’t agree with that.”

Akin predicted that he would bounce back from the political crisis threatening his campaign, including a call from presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney to leave the race. The seat is pivotal to Republican hopes of regaining control of the Senate.

“I’m in this race for the long haul, and we’re going to win it,” he told radio host Dana Loesch in St. Louis.

Akin will have to rebuild without any money from the national party and with new misgivings among rank-and-file Republican voters who just two weeks ago propelled him to a comfortable victory in a hotly contested primary.

In a potential sign of his strategy, Akin appealed Tuesday to Christian evangelicals, anti-abortion activists and anti-establishment Republicans. He said he remains the best messenger to highlight respect for life and liberty that he contends are crumbling under the big-government policies of President Barack Obama.

Akin appealed to that audience directly during his interview with Huckabee, making allusions to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and focusing on the idea that he had misplaced a single word during a Sunday interview with St. Louis television station KTVI.

But Akin has been roundly criticized both for using the words “legitimate rape” and saying that a woman’s body has the ability to prevent conception after such an attack.

Hours earlier, Akin posted an online video in which he apologized again for his remarks. Campaign spokesman Ryan Hite said the apology was intended to cover both the reference to “legitimate rape” and Akin’s assertion that rape victims have a natural defense against pregnancy. The video will run as a 30-second ad on TV stations statewide for several days, Hite said.

Tuesday was the final day in which Akin could withdraw from the race without a court order. As the 5 p.m. deadline to withdraw neared, Republican leaders intensified their pressure on Akin to exit.

Sen. Roy Blunt issued a joint statement Tuesday with all four of Missouri’s living former Republican senators — John Ashcroft, Kit Bond, Jim Talent and John Danforth — saying “it serves the national interest” for Akin to step aside. Romney said the congressman should “accept their counsel.”

Akin provoked the political uproar when he was asked in the KTVI interview whether his general opposition to abortion extends to women who have been raped.

“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,” Akin said.

It’s not clear if Akin’s campaign will have the financial support to wage a prolonged advertising battle against McCaskill in the expensive St. Louis and Kansas City markets and the Republican-rich area of Southwest Missouri.

The campaign arm of the Senate Republicans has already withdrawn $5 million in advertising planned for the Missouri race. The Karl Rove-backed Crossroads organization pulled its ads, too. A fundraiser planned for next month in Washington was called off after all of the dozen GOP senators who had agreed to participate pulled out.

Crossroads President and CEO Steven Law suggested Tuesday that Akin was potentially helping Democrats retain their Senate majority by remaining in the race.

“The stakes in this election are far bigger than any one individual,” said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. By staying in the race, Akin “is putting at great risk many of the issues that he and others in the Republican Party are fighting for.”

Without that financial backing, Akin will need the support of social conservatives, who have formed his political base through a 12-year congressional career.

Noreen McCann, who lives in the same suburban St. Louis area as Akin, said Tuesday that his rape comment hasn’t weakened her support for him. McCann expressed frustration that Akin was being publicly flayed for his ill-chosen words while some Democrats — specifically President Bill Clinton — have survived scandals that included accusations of sexual impropriety and lies.

Akin “is a man of principle. I trust and respect his integrity and his commitment to defending American values,” said McCann, who had passed out Akin fliers on primary election day. “I think he wants to defend all innocent human life. If he misspoke, or it was in the wrong context, that is not a major problem for me.”

But other Missouri Republicans are second-guessing their support for Akin.

Steven and Carolyn Sipes, retired schoolteachers who are GOP committee members in Southwest Missouri’s Christian County, both voted for Akin in the primary. Carolyn Sipes is now doing some soul-searching prayer about whether Akin remains the best choice. Her husband believes Republicans would have a better shot of unseating McCaskill without Akin.

“If he decides to stay in, I’ll back him to the hilt,” Steven Sipes said. “I think it would be better probably if he did drop out at this point. He’s getting a lot of negative publicity.”

Akin’s campaign released an open letter Tuesday from Jack Willke, former president of the U.S. National Right to Life Committee, stating that he was “outraged at how quickly Republican leaders have deserted” Akin.

Akin “remains a strong and courageous pro-life leader — and awkward wording in one sound bite doesn’t negate that,” Willke’s statement said.