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Todd Akin says he'll match Claire McCaskill on TV in campaign's final week
The News Tribune ^ | October 31, 2012 | Steve Kraske

Posted on 10/31/2012 12:11:36 PM PDT by Red Steel

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin said today in Lee's Summit that he'll match his Democratic rival, Claire McCaskill, in TV ad spending in the race's final week.

At a stop in Lee's Summit, Akin said he no longer will be outspent 9:1 or 10:1 as he has in recent weeks.

"That ratio is going to change now," Akin said. "We have enough money to be able to do more advertising."

Akin is spending Tuesday and Wednesday in the KC area in what aides said would be his final visit to the area this campaign. At noon Tuesday, Akin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich attended a campaign fundraiser on the Plaza.

At 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, the two will hold a "Standing with Courage Rally" at Union Station.

Gingrich said he was amazed by Tuesday's fundraiser.

"It is the first fundraiser I've ever gone to that spontaneously became a rally," he said. "When he (Akin) tells you that he has intensity among his supporters, I can personally vouch. I have seen it, and it is astonishing how dedicated they are."

McCaskill missed another day on the campaign trail Tuesday following the death of her mother on Monday afternoon. Her campaign gave no indication when, or if, she would return. A memorial service for Betty Anne McCaskill is scheduled for Sunday in St. Louis.

Asked if he had any regrets in this campaign for anything he'd said, Akin said, "There was at least one interview that I wished I had turned down."

That was a reference to the St. Louis TV interview he did in August in which he talked about "legitimate rape." He apologized later for his remarks, but the resulting media and political firestorm led to a chorus of calls for him to withdraw from the race, which Akin refused to do.

"On the other hand, we move forward and do the best we can at each point," Akin said. "When we make a mistake, say you're sorry and just keep on going."

Akin said he had a good sense of how the election will turn out "and I believe our supporters are going to be very pleased with the outcome."

A poll conducted for The Star that was released Sunday showed McCaskill leading Akin by 45-43 percent, totals well within the survey's 4 point margin of error.

Gingrich said Republicans who called for Akin's withdrawal "made a mistake in principle" and "made a mistake historically.

"And I think on election night when Todd wins there will be a number of people picking up the phone and calling to say, `Oh, gee, I really meant to be for you.'"

Gingrich defended Akin once again.

"If having made a mistake was grounds for getting off the ticket, Joe Biden would have to resign once a week," he said.

"And so I think Republicans shouldn’t rush to set a standard that the vice president of the Untied States would have no hope of meeting. I think we should be honest about that."

He said Akin has a 12-year record in Congress as a solid conservative while McCaskill has a six-year Senate record of "representing Barack Obama's liberals.

"This state deserves to have a senator from Missouri and not a senator from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," Gingrich said. "I think it’s that simple and that straightforward, and I’m very honored to be here to help him.”


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: akin; akin4mccaskill; akin4obama; backstabberakin; gingrich; lookattheakinhaters; mo2012

1 posted on 10/31/2012 12:11:43 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel
Regardless of all the BS we must keep Akin. Allowing an increase of a liberal communists rat to take his place would cut our own throats. I wish those jackasses that put Newt down would listen to this man. STOP THE CRAZY BS. We must win the Senate. Without it we will be in bad shape.
2 posted on 10/31/2012 12:22:44 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Red Steel
Gingrich said Republicans who called for Akin's withdrawal "made a mistake in principle" and "made a mistake historically.

The Republican nominee would not be down by 2 if Todd Akin had acted appropriately and stepped aside rather than in the interests of his own ego.

3 posted on 10/31/2012 12:27:39 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Osama's dead... and so is our ambassador - Coulter.)
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To: Logical me
We're stuck with Akin. Our only hope is Romney momentum can pull Akin over the finish line.

It does not appear the GOP will capture the senate.

4 posted on 10/31/2012 12:29:33 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Osama's dead... and so is our ambassador - Coulter.)
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To: newzjunkey

Sez you.


5 posted on 10/31/2012 12:33:56 PM PDT by DWC (historian)
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To: Red Steel
He [Gingrich] said Akin has a 12-year record in Congress as a solid conservative while McCaskill has a six-year Senate record of "representing Barack Obama's liberals.

And the very reason the corrupt McCaskill will get beat by Akin in 7 days.

6 posted on 10/31/2012 12:37:14 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: newzjunkey

So what!!!!! Our own Republicans shot him down as much as the rats. Great thinking for such a small stupid remark. I have never seen so many totally ignorant stupid in the party as we have. Numb nuts, most of them. Why do you think we lose so much to lying rat faces.


7 posted on 10/31/2012 12:39:28 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: newzjunkey; DWC

Stepping aside would have been the wrong move and would have almost guaranteed a Dem victory.

I stand with Akin. And I appreciate Gingrich’s support for him, too.


8 posted on 10/31/2012 12:50:47 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: newzjunkey; All

“It does not appear the GOP will capture the senate.”

And the GOP establish and your ilk are responsible...NOT Todd Akin. Besides...you don’t vote in Missouri....so what you think is really irrelevant.


9 posted on 10/31/2012 12:51:52 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Logical me
So what!!!!! Our own Republicans shot him down as much as the rats.

Romney had to disown him. No choice. He needs the independents, and wealthy contributors really look askance at this kind of thing. At the same time, elements of the GOP needs to quietly back Akin - it looks like a squeaker than he can win.

10 posted on 10/31/2012 12:54:08 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: newzjunkey
there never was a realistic expectation of taking over the Senate...

beyond that....I'll bet Akin has taken in quite a bit of cash just from we individuals...

11 posted on 10/31/2012 1:14:23 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Red Steel
At a stop in Lee's Summit, Akin said he no longer will be outspent 9:1 or 10:1 as he has in recent weeks. "That ratio is going to change now," Akin said. "We have enough money to be able to do more advertising."

That's good news.

12 posted on 10/31/2012 1:16:38 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: newzjunkey
The Republican nominee would not be down by 2 if Todd Akin had ... stepped aside.

Yeh he'd be down by 10 and more because the Missouri electorate would not support a candidate that they believe was chosen in some backroom deal by party bosses.

13 posted on 10/31/2012 1:26:52 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Red Steel
Yes, we are seeing what I already knew would be happening as we got closer to the election. It doesn't take massive funding to win an election, especially when your opponent is the most evil, corrupt, arrogant, obama clone that thought she could count on Missourians forgetting how she stuck it to us by being the 60th vote to pass Obamacare in 2010. That and all the other evil things she did to us.

Those who just plain don't like Todd for various reasons. You don't have a clue what is about to happen to this country. We are facing the most evil administration in all history that if reelected and keeps control of the senate, will have the ability to turn this country into a full blown socialist and possibly communist republic. Do you really think that not voting for Todd and allowing the very possibility of letting the dems keep the senate is worth that? Even if Mitt wins, he needs the senate to defeat Obamacare and all the other evil legislation that Obama has sneaked through during the past 4 years.

• Here’s the bottom line this November:

If you want Obamacare repealed, you have to support Akin.

If you are against sex selection and partial birth abortion, you have to support Akin.

If you want to continue to keep and bear arms, you have to support Akin.

If you want two to four new Supreme Court judges who believe in the parts of the Constitution that are inconvenient to liberals, and who won’t find hidden new provisions that miraculously support the liberal agenda, you have to support Akin.

Akin voted against the stimulous; voted to repeal Obamacare 30 times; A rating with the National Rifle Association; 100% pro-life; 100% from the American Conservative Union; voted against cash for clunkers; voted against the Wall St Bailout. STARK DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCARE MCCACKLES AND TODD AKIN! DO NOT FALL FOR THE MEDIA HYPE...SUPPORT A TRUE CONSERVATIVE THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE.

Faith and prayer are more powerful than empty and negative rhetoric. We are in a war against evil right now and we are in it to win. Keep the faith my FRiends.

ES

14 posted on 10/31/2012 1:50:59 PM PDT by Evil Slayer ((Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....))
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To: katiedidit1; Turbo Pig; elephant; Da Bilge Troll; YOMO; ZULU; DoctorBulldog; Uncle Chip; ...

(((Ping))))


15 posted on 10/31/2012 1:56:27 PM PDT by Evil Slayer ((Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....))
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To: Evil Slayer

GO AKIN!

COME ON BIG MO!

Vote AKIN!


16 posted on 10/31/2012 2:07:28 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: newzjunkey
First of all, I know Todd personally and there is not a prideful bone/muscle in his body.

Second, if he had stepped down, the GOPe would have replaced him with the candidate of THEIR choosing - not necessarily the person who finished second in the primary.

And third, whoever the GOPe chose to run in Todd's place would not have received votes from many of his supporters (myself included) who wanted him to stay in the race because a) he won, and b) of his long-standing principles and conservative voting record.

Why do conservatives always circle the firing squads on our own? When will we learn to forgive and learn from past mistakes, and move forward into the future? I fear the 2012 election is our last chance to get that right.

Todd Akin for US Senate!!!

17 posted on 10/31/2012 2:19:36 PM PDT by Prov3456
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To: Red Steel

Just donated.


18 posted on 10/31/2012 2:45:35 PM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: generally
I stand with Akin. And I appreciate Gingrich’s support for him, too.

Bravo!

Me, too!

19 posted on 10/31/2012 3:06:59 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: generally
I stand with Akin. And I appreciate Gingrich’s support for him, too.

I guess your statement makes me a "Me-Too" Republican after all.

20 posted on 10/31/2012 3:38:24 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Annoy the Establishment! Vote for Akin!)
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To: newzjunkey

The Republican nominee would not be down by 2 if Todd Akin had acted appropriately and stepped aside rather than in the interests of his own ego.

Thank God this patriot didn’t listen to your liberal nonsense.


21 posted on 10/31/2012 3:41:58 PM PDT by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: cherry

I personally think we have a chance of taking back the Senate!!!


22 posted on 10/31/2012 3:43:19 PM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: Red Steel; katiedidit1; Uncle Chip

Outside group promises to spend $800,000 for Akin

A group that calls itself the Now or Never Political Action Committee announced Wednesday it will spend $800,000 on television ads to back Todd Akin for the U.S. Senate in Missouri.

The organization also is sponsoring TV ad buys in several other states, including the competitive Senate races in Ohio and Montana.

“Now or Never PAC is committed to helping the Republican Party recapture the U.S. Senate,” said spokesman Tyler Harber.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/10/31/3894987/outside-group-promises-to-spend.html#storylink=cpy


23 posted on 10/31/2012 4:14:37 PM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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To: Jonah Vark; Uncle Chip; elephant; YOMO; liberty_lvr

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24 posted on 11/01/2012 3:48:03 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: newzjunkey
The Republican nominee would not be down by 2 if Todd Akin had acted appropriately and stepped aside rather than in the interests of his own ego.

Says who? The two other candidates would not have been allowed to run in his stead had he stepped down, so we'd be facing a known incumbent with an unkown someone that wasn't even in the R primary. That sounds like a winning strategy to you? That sounds like a guaranteed McCatkill re-election strategy to me.

25 posted on 11/01/2012 3:54:20 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Prov3456; Evil Slayer
AND it would have cost Akin over 200,000 dollars to withdraw and file the paper work PLUS some of the military votes would have been disenfranchised. Akin's record is one of the best in congress. He is more conservative than Mitt Romney. What Priebus, Rove and Cornyn did was wrong. Rove should be fired for his comments on murdering Akin.

Stark difference between the full blown liberal McCaskill and Akin...you can take that to the bank. BTW, Akin is the type of candidate I have fought to represent me..not the type I would ever want to throw out.

26 posted on 11/01/2012 4:01:11 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: katiedidit1

Great find. Love it. :)


27 posted on 11/01/2012 5:07:16 AM PDT by Evil Slayer ((Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....))
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To: Evil Slayer

God help him (and us).


28 posted on 11/04/2012 5:47:48 AM PST by ZULU (See video: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-first-siege-of-vienna.html)
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