Akin Will Stay In Race, MO Senators Ask Him To Get Out
(KPLR) – On Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Representative Todd Akin (R-MO) told Mike Huckabee during a radio interview that he will not drop out of the race for Senator of Missouri. He is running against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO).
On Huckabee’s show, Akin said he was staying in the race to add to the message that is being neglected in certain circles, even some conservative circles. The congressman said he misspoke in one sentence in one day, he did not do anything ethically wrong.
When he compared himself to McCaskill, he called them “opposites” but said they were not mean-spirited about their differences.
Akin has come under fire for remarks he made during the Jaco Report on FOX 2this past weekend. In the report, Akin told Charles Jaco that a woman’s body could somehow prevent pregnancy in a “legitimate rape”. The controversial remarks caused a national uproar.
Akin also was a guest on the Dana Loesch show on St. Louis radion station FM News Talk 97.1 on Tuesday. He state, “Let me make it clear, I am in this race for the long haul, and we are going to win it.”
Meanwhile, several current and former Missouri senators have banded together to issue a statement asking Missouri Akin to step aside. Missouri U.S. Senators John Ashcroft, Kit Bond, John Danforth, and Jim Talent have issued a statement Tuesday calling Congressman Akin’s comments “totally unacceptable.”
“We do not believe it serves the national interest for Congressman Todd Akin to stay in this race. The issues at stake are too big, and this election is simply too important. The right decision is to step aside,” the statement read.
Akin said on the Dana Loesch show that he believes Danforth, Bond, Blunt, Ashcroft & Talent were rushed to judgment to ask him to step aside. He said, “Just because you hear the popping of guns, you don’t run for cover. And they ran for cover.”
Despite the reports, Akin say he intends to stay in the race. Recent polls showed Akin would actually beat Democratic candidate Claire McCaskill if the election were held today.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a statement Tuesday asking Akin to suspend his campaign. It said in part, “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.”
The President and CEO of Super-PAC American Crossroads, Steven Law, released the following statement:
“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?”
But the Missouri Republican Assembly leadership pledged to continue its support for Rep. Akin.
“Congressman Akin used the phrase “legitimate rape” in the sense of an actual, “forcible rape” as opposed to a claimed rape after consensual sex. He did not mean to imply that there is anything “legitimate” about some rapes compared to others or intend to be insensitive about the trauma that is experienced by women in a rape situation. We’ve all chosen a word with more than one meaning before and we censure those Republicans who refuse to call Bidden to task for his statements and yet throw one of our own under the bus by joining with Democrats in this misleading attack with ulterior motives. We call on all Republicans to accept the Congressman’s heartfelt and contrite apology offered by an honorable man.”