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National Republicans re-open door to spending money on Akin
Washington Post ^ | 9/26/12 | Aaron Blake

Posted on 09/26/2012 5:31:13 PM PDT by Evil Slayer

The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a statement Wednesday clarifying its support for Rep. Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race and suggesting it might spend money to help elect him, after saying a month ago that it would not do so.

“There is no question that for Missourians who believe we need to stop the reckless Washington spending, rein-in the role of government in people’s lives, and finally focus on growing jobs in this country, that Todd Akin is a far more preferable candidate than liberal Sen. Claire McCaskill,” NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer said. “As with every Republican Senate candidate, we hope Todd Akin wins in November, and we will continue to monitor this race closely in the days ahead.”

The NRSC said after Akin’s controversial comments about “legitimate rape” last month that it would not spend money on his behalf this fall. The hope at the time was that the threat would force Akin out of the race and Republicans could replace him with a more electable nominee.

It didn’t work, though, and the deadline for Akin to exit the race passed Tuesday. That means he will now officially appear on the ballot and Republicans have to deal with the situation as it stands.

Asked to clarify whether it might spend money on Akin, the committee declined to comment, citing a desire not to broadcast its strategy.

Establishment Republicans generally believe that the race is lost, but polling has shown that Akin trails McCaskill only by single digits, and other Republicans have suggested they might still have a chance to win the seat.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), for example, jumped on board with Akin on Wednesday and has encouraged his party to do the same. Newt Gingrich has also raised money for Akin.

Other Republicans have clarified

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: akin; gop; mccaskill; nrsc; rnc

1 posted on 09/26/2012 5:31:19 PM PDT by Evil Slayer
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To: Evil Slayer

Good for Akin for hanging in there; nice to see someone resist “borking”. Hope it pays off, but even if it doesn’t good for him.


2 posted on 09/26/2012 5:35:25 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Evil Slayer

LOL...

The GOP is just laughable.


3 posted on 09/26/2012 5:43:26 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Evil Slayer

I’m glad to see Akin stood up against the giants. Now they need to get behind him and help him beat McCaskill and win the Senate back.


4 posted on 09/26/2012 5:44:26 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady ("When injustice becomes law, then resistance becomes duty." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: katiedidit1; Turbo Pig; elephant; Da Bilge Troll; YOMO; DoctorBulldog; Uncle Chip; seekthetruth; ...
The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a statement Wednesday clarifying its support for Rep. Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race and suggesting it might spend money to help elect him, after saying a month ago that it would not do so.

Well how about that. The NRSC is finally waking up to fact that Missouri is mad as hell and won't let the NRSC blackball them. GOPe suddenly see the light that they need to dump McCrakel by supporting Akin. I guess they need that Senate seat after all. Dud...

5 posted on 09/26/2012 5:45:28 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: Evil Slayer

Rick Santorum has also endorsed Akin. With people like DeMint, Gingrich, and Santorum stepping up to the plate, it helps Akin’s chances. Good for them. Go Akin!


6 posted on 09/26/2012 5:49:22 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Well ... duh!


7 posted on 09/26/2012 5:51:02 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: chris37

Maybe you missed the part about the NRSC supporting Todd Akin.


8 posted on 09/26/2012 5:51:40 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: Evil Slayer
Here today... gone tomorrow... BACK AGAIN the day after that when there appears to be an opportunity.

"Two-faced bastids"

9 posted on 09/26/2012 5:53:35 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: Wisconsinlady

That’s pretty sad in itself. So few of their other “must wins” are looking good. Florida, Ohio, etc... Hell. MO might be the only pickup.


10 posted on 09/26/2012 5:57:26 PM PDT by paul544
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To: Evil Slayer

We need politicians like Akin in the Senate. We get enough of them, we can have real reform instead of this slow torture to socialism.


11 posted on 09/26/2012 5:57:33 PM PDT by Fred (http://thebubblefilm.com/)
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To: reasonisfaith

No, I didn’t...

What took them so long to arrive at the party?

Do they not know what’s at stake in this election?

It does not appear to me that they do at all.


12 posted on 09/26/2012 5:58:46 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Evil Slayer
Ha...must be all those returned GOP money begging /surveys returned with...

"Sorry...I sent all the money to Akin"

13 posted on 09/26/2012 6:03:40 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Evil Slayer

“Todd Akin is a far more preferable candidate than liberal Sen. Claire McCaskill,” NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer said.”

No doubt Rob had to down a couple of stiff ones to be able to get those words out. That Akin may have backed the establishment boys down rather than the other way around would have been unthinkable a few years back. The establishment Republican party apparatus is still a force to be reckoned with, but Tea Partiers and conservative “non-team players” like Akin are getting stronger.


14 posted on 09/26/2012 6:12:53 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Evil Slayer

“Todd Akin is a far more preferable candidate than liberal Sen. Claire McCaskill,” NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer said.”

No doubt Rob had to down a couple of stiff ones to be able to get those words out. That Akin may have backed the establishment boys down rather than the other way around would have been unthinkable a few years back. The establishment Republican party apparatus is still a force to be reckoned with, but Tea Partiers and conservative “non-team players” like Akin are getting stronger.


15 posted on 09/26/2012 6:13:54 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Well said. Maybe you should repeat it.

O.K., I will.


16 posted on 09/26/2012 6:15:02 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Evil Slayer
The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a statement Wednesday clarifying its support for Rep. Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race

Well then perhaps the NRSC would do well to drop a little note to one of its alumnus, a certain former Republican Missouri Senator John C. Danforth, and ask him to get with the program -- that is if he is still a Republican.

17 posted on 09/26/2012 6:32:13 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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Just sent a check to Akin. I don’t want Claire Bear winning. We need to defeat Obamacare!!!


18 posted on 09/26/2012 6:37:38 PM PDT by Kolath
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To: Uncle Chip

I like your style. :) Great post!!


19 posted on 09/26/2012 6:42:23 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: Kolath; All
Just sent a check to Akin. I don’t want Claire Bear winning. We need to defeat Obamacare!!!
Click

Donate here!

20 posted on 09/26/2012 6:49:44 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Evil Slayer

Wow. Not a single pro Republican comment at the bottom of that article. Why do we post Washington Compost articles again?


21 posted on 09/26/2012 6:50:55 PM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Evil Slayer

Screw Akin. IF he’s so stupid as to say “legitimate rape” then he’s going to become an issue in the future. I’d vote against McCaskill if I lived in Missouri, but an ignorant boob like Akin is more of a liability than an assest to the conservative cause.


22 posted on 09/26/2012 7:05:28 PM PDT by MovementConservative (Go Mariners! 2013!)
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To: MovementConservative

“...but an ignorant boob like Akin is more of a liability than an assest to the conservative cause.”

No, people like you are. You are NOT conservative if you are bashing Akin.


23 posted on 09/26/2012 7:13:36 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: MovementConservative

Thank God YOU don’t live in Missouri. Akin voted to repeal Obamacare 30 times..McCackles is for it; Akin voted against Cash for Clunkers; against the death tax; against the Wall Street Bailouts; FOR a balanced budget ammendment to the constitution and he has a 100% pro life rating and an A rating with the National Rifle Association. He also voted against the NO Child Left Behind fiasco which angered some of the gop establishment and Akin was right.
He apologized on national tv. How many other politicians make gaffes and NEVER apologize? GO AKIN!


24 posted on 09/26/2012 7:20:03 PM PDT by katiedidit1 (Constitutionalist..period)
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To: spokeshave

If that’s where it went they didn’t lose much.

This really is not a surprise...although I thought they would do this under the radar rather than openly like this.


25 posted on 09/26/2012 7:23:16 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: kearnyirish2

agree, about time someone in the RNC comes to their senses, remember nice guys finish last.....give em hell and goooo Akin!!!!


26 posted on 09/26/2012 7:27:28 PM PDT by BrianE ("Dead at 25 buried at 65 the average American" - Benjamin Franklin 1776)
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To: MovementConservative

not really, i’d much rather support him any day than McLame or Mittens or the like.


27 posted on 09/26/2012 7:30:59 PM PDT by BrianE ("Dead at 25 buried at 65 the average American" - Benjamin Franklin 1776)
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To: Fred

“We need politicians like Akin in the Senate.”

Amen to that and just as importantly, we need to get rid of Clair McCaskill and her ilk from the senate, the place is infested with them.


28 posted on 09/26/2012 7:34:01 PM PDT by Holly_P
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To: Evil Slayer

In my fondest daydreams I hope that the balance of power in the Senate comes out Republicans, 59 and Democrats 40. And that Todd Akins is the deciding vote in every issue that comes up.

THAT would be the ultimate vindication of Akin’s stand!


29 posted on 09/26/2012 7:43:06 PM PDT by TIElniff (Autonomy is the guise of every graceless heart.)
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To: Uncle Chip
Danforth? The guy who whitewashed Waco for Janet "Sparks" Reno? I think Akin can do without the likes of him.
30 posted on 09/26/2012 9:25:30 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Wisconsinlady

The way I look at it 6 seconds of saying something dumb doesn’t even begin to compare to 6 years of Clare being a dumb democrat.


31 posted on 09/26/2012 9:59:23 PM PDT by Guardian Sebastian
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To: Wisconsinlady

Actually I have to admit I stole that from Newt, hehe. Me thinks the establishment GOP protests too much, Akin must be an awesome conservative and I’ll proudly vote for him in November.


32 posted on 09/26/2012 10:06:55 PM PDT by Guardian Sebastian
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To: kearnyirish2
Good for Akin for hanging in there; nice to see someone resist “borking”. Hope it pays off, but even if it doesn’t good for him.

BUMP that. I agree 100%.
I still cannot believe that one (relatively minor) gaffe by Akin sent the GOPe into a hand-wringing conniption fit and had them running from the Democrat "mainstream" newsrooms like scared little bunnies. Pathetic.

I admire Akin's guts for standing up and telling those cowards (including a few around here) to go play in the street.
Go, Todd.

33 posted on 09/26/2012 10:14:21 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: All

Call from Home Volunteers for Todd Akin (US Senate- Mo) needed. send contact info to volunteer4akin@gmail.com


34 posted on 09/26/2012 10:56:37 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: Evil Slayer

Well, I think it’s a matter of pragmatism now. As Akin has stayed in past the deadline, it’s either support him or concede the race to McCaskill without a fight.

Personally, I think the party should support him, if only because of the stakes involved. I wouldn’t necessarily feel that way if this was some minor state level post or even his old House seat. I think Akin’s chances were irreparably harmed by his comments, and I don’t share the view that he stayed in as a matter of principle. But in politics, you have to pick your battles. Control of the Senate is up for grabs this year, and the GOP can ill-afford to pass up any opportunity to gain another Senate seat, even if it isn’t the lock that it was a couple months ago.


35 posted on 09/27/2012 1:16:59 AM PDT by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: Lancey Howard

“I still cannot believe that one (relatively minor) gaffe by Akin sent the GOPe into a hand-wringing conniption fit and had them running from the Democrat “mainstream” newsrooms like scared little bunnies. Pathetic.”

That’s right; he was in good shape to win his race, and the Dem media saw a chance to pounce & took it. It will be awkward for those Repubs who called on him to step down if he wins...


36 posted on 09/27/2012 2:32:02 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: BrianE

“remember nice guys finish last...”

True, but I want Romney to appear “above the fray” (as Obama did in 2008) while his attack dogs rip Obama apart; Rush & Newt are doing a good job.


37 posted on 09/27/2012 2:40:45 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: chris37

Hopefully, Reinhold Probe-us, of the RNC will loosen the purse strings. Perhaps even return the $5 million he pull from Akin’s campaign fund. It ain’t too late...


38 posted on 09/27/2012 4:53:13 AM PDT by donozark (I was a Vietnam Veteran before it was popular...)
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To: Evil Slayer

I get tons of stuff from the NSRC including phone calls. The last caller got a very long piece of my mind. I went on and on and on and on and on about the betrayal of Todd Aiken. I made him swear to deliver my tirade up his chain of command

The message was that I could with the flick of my mouse contribute directly to all Senate candidates and especially those who are conservative including Todd Aiken. In reality the NSRC is obsolete in a day when it is easy to give to whomever supports your views, home state or foreign state. Until Aiken is supported forget any money from me to the NSRC

Perhaps they received that message from enough others to matter


39 posted on 09/27/2012 5:04:21 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: MovementConservative
IF he’s so stupid as to say “legitimate rape” then he’s going to become an issue in the future.

If you were trying to verbally differentiate between rape determined by physical force and a rape determined by statute (i.e. statutory rape) what would YOU call it?

Legitimate rape?

Real rape?

Actual rape?

Inquiring minds want to know.

40 posted on 09/27/2012 5:27:16 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: MamaTexan

I’m a Missourian and I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again.

I happened to be watching the Akin interview that Sunday morning and was not taken aback by his “notorious comment”. I understood Akin was meaning to say forced rape, as opposed to statutory rape.

And as a woman, I understand the complex female reproductive system and am aware that stress and, most certainly, trauma CAN (can, not will) cause impending ovulation to be delayed or halted. No ovulation means no pregnancy.

Does that mean pregnancy will not occur in case of rape? Of course not! Trauma may lessen the possibility, however if ovulation has already occurred shortly before unprotected intercourse, no matter if it is rape or consensual sex, conception is likely to occur.

Todd Akin’s gaffe was not worthy of destruction of his political career. He did not do anything illegal or immoral or malicious. He did not deliberately disparage women who were impregnated by rape. His words were sadly misconstrued by some people and deliberately distorted by political operatives in efforts to affect the November election.


41 posted on 09/27/2012 6:39:50 AM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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To: Jonah Vark
Todd Akin’s gaffe was not worthy of destruction of his political career. He did not do anything illegal or immoral or malicious. He did not deliberately disparage women who were impregnated by rape. His words were sadly misconstrued by some people and deliberately distorted by political operatives in efforts to affect the November election.

Both well said and right on target!

42 posted on 09/27/2012 6:53:16 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: Evil Slayer
Excellent news. Maybe Reese's Pieces realized no matter what he did regarding Akin the Democrat cheer leading media would savage him anyway so he might as well take the easy win against McCaskill who is still under 50%. She has a 15% lifetime ACU rating and Akin has a 97%. Even Reid has an 18% Trading down 82 points just doesn't make sense. Send him something I did.http://www.akin.org/
43 posted on 09/27/2012 8:18:17 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: donozark

Good news — just heard that DeMint’s PAC just sent the Akin campaign a considerable contribution of $200,000.


44 posted on 09/27/2012 8:27:07 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Good news indeed! Let us all hope the other so-called “Republican orgs.” do likewise. And SOON!!!


45 posted on 09/27/2012 8:43:07 AM PDT by donozark (I was a Vietnam Veteran before it was popular...)
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