Todd Akin Under the Bus
Akins Empty Chair Appears on CNN
Akin Breakin' in Missouri - Should he Stay or Go?
Todd Akin (R-MO) Needs Legitimate Sex Education
If Todd Akin can hang on til 5 pm today it'll be next to impossible to get him off the ballot.— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) August 21, 2012
I'd like to point out Todd Akin made the Worst Persons list as long ago as '07 for talking about Davy Crockett & a Blackberry at the Alamo— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 21, 2012
With little national GOP support, the clock is ticking on Rep Todd Akin R-MO is.gd/GhzHW8— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) August 21, 2012
The GOP has no right to ask Todd Akin to quit the race. He's only following the platform, policies, and beliefs of the Republican Party.— Rob Klippel (@robklippel) August 21, 2012
Todd Akin: "Death and Life are in the power of the tongue." Proverbs 18:21— Richard Bacon (@BalloonJuice) August 21, 2012
Please retweet - Tell Speaker Boehner to remove Todd Akin from the House Science Committee after rape comments: dems.me/Naq3l3— ProgressiveWNY (@ProgressiveWNY) August 21, 2012
Todd Akin said his remarks on abortion were "ill-conceived". The man is a comedic genius on the sly, gotta give it to him— Keith Ogletree (@KeithOgletree) August 21, 2012
It is time to say, okay, Todd, you apologized. You misspoke. And let’s get on with life. Let’s run the campaign. The adheres form a circular firing squad and go after each other. Not smart.
~ Reverend Pat Robertson
Aides say Sen. John McCain told Tucson radio show that Rep. Todd Akin should withdraw from Missouri Senate race ... bit.ly/SO8cwQ— 2012 Election News (@2012ElectionBrk) August 21, 2012
RT— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 21, 2012
@danabashcnn: Kay Bailey Hutchison, the longest serving gop senate woman, just added her voice to the "todd akin must drop out" chorus.
Steve King (R-Iowa) Defends Akin
King says he didn't want to give his thoughts on Akin's comment because he wasn't sure of the context of the remark. He did, however, say he supports Akin's character.
"Todd Akin is a strong Christian man, with a wonderful family," King said.
King says, instead of focusing on one phrase, and turning it into a national issue, voters should focus on the big picture.
"I think this election should be about, how did Todd Akin vote and what did he vote for and what did he stand for and in this case, I'm seeing the same thing, petty personal attacks substituting for strong policy," he said.
King supports the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act." It would ban Federal funding of abortions except in cases of forcible rape. Right now, Medicaid also covers abortions for victims of statutory rape or incest - for example, a 12 year old who gets pregnant. Congressman King says he's not aware of any young victims like that.
"Well I just haven't heard of that being a circumstance that's been brought to me in any personal way, and I'd be open to discussion about that subject matter," he said.
Dear Rep. Steve King, I worked a case in which a 9-year-old girl was impregnated by her own father. So stop. Talking.— Alison(@Legna989) August 21, 2012
Seriously. Does any old geezer in Congress know how human reproduction works? bit.ly/Rdm6LB— dmbmeg (@dmbmeg) August 21, 2012
Rep. Steve King once suggested to me that all young women (including myself) should take prenatal vitamins.— Emily Ethridge (@CQRCEmily) August 21, 2012
I can't be the first person to think of this, but: TV SHOW IDEA: in which Todd Akin just sits in a chair and answers— maureenjohnson (@maureenjohnson) August 21, 2012
Dear America: Treat Todd Akin w/ the fear you have when you see that 1 termite in your window ledge. The vermin have penetrated the walls.— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) August 21, 2012
RT “— Debby (@Brvfan) August 21, 2012
@peterflom: Todd Akin is not an outlier. The reason the GOP is so mad about him is that he is a true representation of their norm.”
Todd Akin will return to The Mike Huckabee Radio Show in the next 30 minutes to announce his final decision on if he's staying in the race.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 21, 2012
Just to clarify Rep Todd Akin is the Chairman of the House Medieval Science Committee. They'll find a way to turn lead into gold!— John Hussein Billar (@azmoderate) August 21, 2012
just in-Todd Akin just told Mike Huckabee on his radio show that he will be staying in the Missouri Senate race— CNNNortheastDesk (@CNNNEDesk) August 21, 2012
Listening to— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 21, 2012
@toddakin on Huckabee - I think the empty chair made more sense last night.
Todd Akin: "I want to make things absolutely clear. We are going to continue with this race for the United States Senate."— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) August 21, 2012
.— Scott Bixby (@ScottBix) August 21, 2012
@toddakin: "We have a message that people understand. It isn't just in the brain; it's in the heart."
.— TIMEPolitics (@TIMEPolitics) August 21, 2012
@toddakin says he's received "outpouring" of grassroots support since remarks.
Todd Akin has set a new standard in damaged goods. He is like a wagon wheel hung around the neck of the GOP.— Steve Teeri (@telephase) August 21, 2012
.— Shira Toeplitz (@shiratoeplitz) August 21, 2012
@toddakin says Members of Congress have called him and offered their support.
I'm not saying Todd Akin is unpopular but even the KKK is asking him to get out of the race.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) August 21, 2012
Todd Akin's body is able to shut down logical thought.— Mark Campbell (@MrWordsWorth) August 21, 2012
Todd Akin apparently sees himself as a martyr in all of this, standing up for those who feel "left out of the parties." What a guy.— Thomas Whitley (@thomaswhitley) August 21, 2012
Todd Akin's mistake was saying in public something that is supposed to only be said in GOP policy meetings.— Zach Ames (@zachlunch) August 21, 2012
If Todd wants to stay in the race, I will continue to support him. I think his comments were indefensible. I think they were inappropriate. He’s acknowledged as such. But you know, when others have made mistakes, you haven’t seen the entire Republican establishment abandon him. I think it’s somewhat suspect.
~ Tony Perkins, President of the conservative Family Research Council
On radio hit,— John R Parkinson (@jparkABC) August 21, 2012
@toddakin says: "I misspoke one word in one sentence in one day and everything changed overnight...loyalty was short-lived"
Todd Akin is staying in. He sort of takes"Going Rogue" to a new level.Your move, Sarah Palin.— Christopher Swartout (@chrisswartout) August 21, 2012
"I'm a little short on money...if people could help us a bit..."says— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) August 21, 2012
Dear Weather dudes: If a Hurricane does form and head for Tampa next week, please please PLEASE name it Todd Akin— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) August 21, 2012
Todd Akin's comments signal the next step in the assault by Republicans. We need to drive these social neanderthals back in to the cave.— Hisham Rana, MD (@hrana) August 21, 2012
FYI, Sky News in Britain is running a breaking news crawl about Todd Akin vowing to stay in the race— Ram Ramgopal (@RamCNN) August 21, 2012
that uptick at Intrade on Obama winning the election can be attributed to Todd Akin's announcement this afternoon.— Robert Wolfe (@DawgFan__1980) August 21, 2012