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Akin Rebuilding Mo. Senate Bid After Rape Remark
abc.com ^ | 9/23/12 | DAVID A. LIEB/AP

Posted on 09/23/2012 1:16:34 PM PDT by Evil Slayer

Written off by many in his own party a mere month ago, Republican Rep. Todd Akin has been slowly rebuilding his Senate campaign after apologizing for inflammatory remarks about pregnancy and rape.

Now Akin is approaching a critical week that could determine whether his re-emerging campaign can gain enough momentum to put Missouri back in the battleground column as Republicans attempt to win control of the Senate from Democrats.

Tuesday is the deadline for Akin to get a court order to drop his challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. But Akin says he won't do so. Instead, Akin plans to ramp up his campaign. He's holding a fundraiser Monday with former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. He's addressing a potentially influential group of pastors Tuesday morning. Then as the drop-out clock ticks down, he's kicking off a statewide bus tour for his Senate bid that will include venerable conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.

"I believe the state of the campaign is looking better and better," Akin said Friday after engaging McCaskill in their first debate and then rallying on the Missouri Capitol lawn with supporters of a newly formed women-for-Akin coalition.

Akin has apologized repeatedly since a TV interview aired Aug. 19 in which he suggested that women's bodies have a natural defense against pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." He has repeatedly rejected calls of top national Republicans — including presidential candidate Mitt Romney — to quit the race so the state GOP committee can appoint a replacement candidate. Yet some have doubted Akin's resolve.

"There are a lot of donors who have sat on the sidelines and are waiting" for Tuesday's drop-out deadline to pass, said Rick Tyler, a former Gingrich aide who joined Akin's campaign as part of the re-building effort. "We are tilling that hard soil

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: akin; akin4mccaskill; akin4obama; backstabberakin; clairemccaskill; mccaskill; mo2012; newt; newtgingrich; rape; senaterace; toddakin

1 posted on 09/23/2012 1:16:36 PM PDT by Evil Slayer
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To: Evil Slayer; All

Are there still people describing themselves as “conservatives” still pushing Akin to drop out?

Why drop out when you have to foot the bill for getting out...might as well campaign


2 posted on 09/23/2012 1:18:46 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Political maturity is realizing that the "R" next to someone's name does not mean "conservative")
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To: Evil Slayer

Maybe he could get “Rape rape” Whoppi Goldberg, or “put some ice on it” BIlly Jeff to explain the many various nuances of the definition of the word rape.


3 posted on 09/23/2012 1:20:20 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a Barack 0b0tt0my!)
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To: Evil Slayer

Oh gee, abc, are you afraid someone might have forgotten Akin’s remarks? Is that water getting too heavy for ya?


4 posted on 09/23/2012 1:26:16 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: fhayek

Akin did well in the first debate with McCaskill.


5 posted on 09/23/2012 1:31:54 PM PDT by kabar
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To: fhayek

The polls must show Akin closing in and ABC thinks they had better revisit this campaign and help the dimoKKKRAT out.


6 posted on 09/23/2012 1:32:00 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Evil Slayer
Written off by many in his own party a mere month ago, Republican Rep. Todd Akin has been slowly rebuilding his Senate campaign after apologizing for inflammatory remarks about pregnancy and rape.

Meanwhile Bill Clinton may have actually committed rape and not a word was said by the "defenders of women."

7 posted on 09/23/2012 1:33:38 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Evil Slayer

Actions speak louder than words. Akin said dumb things, Claire Baby does dumb things.

I’ll take the former.


8 posted on 09/23/2012 1:34:03 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: SeminoleCounty
Are there still people describing themselves as “conservatives” still pushing Akin to drop out?

I don't think there are. It's too late. But I do think the Left is trying to push the idea that it still might happen to get conservatives to delay supporting Akin. They are worried that despite the fact that Akin came out with comment, the major news of the day for about a week was Akin getting TRASHED by BOTH SIDES and McCaskill still couldn't break 50%. What conditions would she need to get a majority vote if events of about a month ago weren't enough?

9 posted on 09/23/2012 1:36:58 PM PDT by lgwdnbdgr
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To: Evil Slayer

I sent him a small contribution to make up for what I said about him!!!


10 posted on 09/23/2012 1:42:59 PM PDT by ontap
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To: Evil Slayer

Lib media doing their best to keep Akin in, knowing deadline is Tuesday. Once Tuesday hits, the ads are going to come down hard. Up until now, Akin has not been touched by DNC/PAC ads.


11 posted on 09/23/2012 1:45:20 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: Evil Slayer
Regardless, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus flatly reiterated on Sunday he would be sending no resources to aid Akin's campaign.

Further proof the GOPe views conservatives, not the rats, as their enemy.

12 posted on 09/23/2012 1:51:16 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
Akin said dumb things, Claire Baby does dumb things.

This would probably make a pretty good ad .... not that Akin can afford to pay for anything since Priebus has pulled the plug on the $$ like an idiot.

13 posted on 09/23/2012 1:51:46 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: lgwdnbdgr

I don’t think there are. It’s too late. But I do think the Left is trying to push the idea that it still might happen to get conservatives to delay supporting Akin. They are worried that despite the fact that Akin came out with comment, the major news of the day for about a week was Akin getting TRASHED by BOTH SIDES and McCaskill still couldn’t break 50%. What conditions would she need to get a majority vote if events of about a month ago weren’t enough?


Good point....if Claire McCaskill cannot get to 50% with liberals in BOTH parties attacking Akin...she is in real trouble

Its sick that so many PhonyCons are trying to push Akin out


14 posted on 09/23/2012 1:54:53 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Political maturity is realizing that the "R" next to someone's name does not mean "conservative")
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To: ontap

Thank you!


15 posted on 09/23/2012 1:56:05 PM PDT by Marie Antoinette (:)
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To: Marie Antoinette; Evil Slayer

Any new polls? I thought Akin had recovered remarkably since his foot, calf and thigh in the mouth moment.


16 posted on 09/23/2012 2:03:22 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Parley Baer

I read the ABC article and I thought it was actually a pretty balanced article, especially for a MSM article. Akin was my congressman when I live in MO and I think he will win. In a way it was fortunate that this “gaff” happened early in the campaign.

I am also sure that sissy Priebus and the rest of the GOP establishment will pony up when they see that Akin is the difference between winning and losing the Senate. They just have to posture big now and will be able to say that they tried to get him to quit but that he wouldn’t. Money will flow his way if he is in striking distance!


17 posted on 09/23/2012 2:10:09 PM PDT by gbscott1954 (Please come back Sarah!!!)
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To: ontap

Akin is an idiot.
But he’s our idiot.


18 posted on 09/23/2012 2:13:45 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

This poor man stepped into a “macada” pile. Funny that Biden can said stupid things every week and nothing is made of it, but let a Republican say one dumb thing and he’s eviscerated. Further proof that if Democrats did not have double standards, they’d have no standards at all.


19 posted on 09/23/2012 2:14:45 PM PDT by NotTallTex
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

You know, the DEMS don’t shoot their wounded, they rally around them. We try our best to shoot each other, all the make the Media happy!


20 posted on 09/23/2012 2:14:54 PM PDT by gbscott1954 (Please come back Sarah!!!)
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To: ontap

I sent him a CNote because it still comes down to dingy harry.


21 posted on 09/23/2012 2:17:04 PM PDT by oldtimer (Q)
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To: Evil Slayer

Akin doesn’t need a bus. He doesn’t need an influential group of pastors. He doesn’t need Phyllis Schlafly. He needs money and he doesn’t have any. His campaign’s financial gas tank is sucking air. That vaunted fundraiser with Gingrich is a $100 a plate dinner for about 500. Do the math. McCaskill will start bombarding the airwaves soon and all Akin can do is watch


22 posted on 09/23/2012 2:17:46 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Evil Slayer
The Missouri Grassroots Coalition has been compiling a list of Missouri Republican Central Committees that have endorsed Todd Akin. Currently, the list (which may not be complete) is:

St. Charles County
Franklin County
Callaway County
Warren County
Howard County
Christian County
8th Cong District Committee
Stone County

The MGC group is also compiling a list of Tea Party groups (those that can endorse candidates) who endorse Akin for an expected announcement and press release this week.

Any updates/help with the above from anyone here would be appreciated.

23 posted on 09/23/2012 2:18:35 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: NotTallTex

Not just double standards, but the MSM on their side beating the hell out of everything non-PC while ignoring the racist, bigoted, one-sided crap that comes out of liberals. And to make the biggest deals out of “gaffes” versus policy issues, voting records, etc. What should be more important to these morons? Yet the MSM hasn’t a clue how to deal with technical issues. Just the simpleton stuff, someone says the “wrong” thing, or sexual issues (abortion, homosexuality) They are totally lacking in business, financial, political IQ.


24 posted on 09/23/2012 2:19:33 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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Oops, had that backwards. Not $100 a plate for 500 but $500 a plate for 100. Either way, Akin will get $50,000 before expenses. That is a drop in the bucket for what he needs.


25 posted on 09/23/2012 2:20:57 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: ontap
I sent him a small contribution to make up for what I said about him!!!

Thank you. I appreciate fellow donors! I didn't vote for him in the primaries, as I believed him to be too far behind. Every major candidate was polling well ahead of McCatkill. But now that he's won, and he's "too conservative" for liberals like the GOPe, it's up to us to support him.

26 posted on 09/23/2012 2:21:28 PM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: nhwingut

Only Liberals can apologize for anything and be forgiven and not be reboiled by the media.


27 posted on 09/23/2012 2:25:35 PM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: Evil Slayer

Akin can’t win this race and Newt Gingrich and other conservatives know this. Its still worth trying to prop him up and put on a brave front without spending alot of money on a lost cause. We still have a chance of winning the Senate by supporting other races where there is still a chance.

BTW, Akin was done in by his own words and actions, not anyone else.


28 posted on 09/23/2012 2:33:59 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Evil Slayer
"Our campaign is working lying hard and taking nothing for granted," said McCaskill spokeswoman Caitlin Legacki. "You can expect Claire to continue working lying as if she's running from behind."

There fixed it.

29 posted on 09/23/2012 2:37:11 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: centurion316

That’s BS. Akin was the target of a “macaca” attack which was whipped into a frenzy by over-reactive RINOs. I’m sure the Dems are ecstatic that the GOP keeps shooting its wounded.


30 posted on 09/23/2012 2:56:19 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: Ben Hecks
Akin was the target of a “macaca” attack

McCaskill is evil, but she's not stupid. She calculated that Akin was the conservative candidate most likely to put his foot in his mouth and she spent several million dollars helping him win the Republican nomination. He obliged by making an offhand remark that provided her with the ammunition she needed to destroy his chances of election.

It doesn't matter what he said, what matters is that she used it to full advantage and turned this race around. Voters are emotional and fickle and she and her media buddies hit all the right buttons.

31 posted on 09/23/2012 3:14:39 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Evil Slayer

My prediction and take that for what it’s worth. Akin will win this election.


32 posted on 09/23/2012 4:32:01 PM PDT by Holly_P
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To: Holly_P

The only reason this article has come out now is to help convince Akin to stay in. Any appearance of balance is simply to cleverly disguise the true intent.

This article and other similar MSM efforts will get the desired result. And Akin will lose. Mission accomplished for the progressives courtesy Akin’s overweaning pride and stupidity.

Truly pathetic.


33 posted on 09/23/2012 4:46:57 PM PDT by PAR
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To: lgwdnbdgr
I don't think there are. It's too late.

The ego Akin has until Tuesday.

34 posted on 09/23/2012 5:38:36 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Osama's dead... and so is our ambassador - Coulter.)
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To: Jacquerie
Further proof the GOPe views conservatives, not the rats, as their enemy.

Absolutely. They tell us to hold our noses and vote or the CINO, but refuse to do so when the shoe is on the other foot. Screw the GOPe

35 posted on 09/23/2012 10:16:45 PM PDT by zeugma (Rid the world of those savages. - Dorothy Woods, widow of a Navy Seal, AMEN!)
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