Akin to Romney: Butt Out
'Why couldn’t he run his race and I’ll run mine?'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2012 12:33 AM CDT
Updated Aug 22, 2012 12:53 AM CDT
A banner hangs in the campaign office of GOP Rep. Todd Akin n Chesterfield, Mo. The deadline for him to easily drop out of the race passed yesterday.   (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

(Newser) – Todd Akin remained defiant yesterday as the deadline for him to easily withdraw from the US Senate race in Missouri passed. Mitt Romney urged him to pull out of the race but Akin suggested he mind his own business, accusing the presidential candidate of raising a bigger ruckus than necessary about his controversial rape comments, Politico reports. "Why couldn’t he run his race, and I’ll run mine?" Akin said on Sean Hannity's radio show. "You misspeak one time, one place, one word, and all of a sudden you have everybody saying you endanger the entire party," he added. "Don’t you think there’s a little hyperbole going on here?"

Akin said top Republicans were assuming that his run would hurt the party nationally, "even though the polling data says I’m still ahead." The Cook Political Report moved the race from a "toss-up" to "likely Dem," despite a poll showing Akin still slightly ahead of incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Hill reports. If he does decide to bow to GOP pressure, Akin can still withdraw from the race before Sept. 25 by filing a court order. If he does so before next Tuesday, he can leave the race without having to foot the bill for printing new ballots.

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bewilderbeast
Aug 22, 2012 2:56 PM CDT
"You misspeak one time, one place, one word". There's that deep-seated, almost unconscious dishonesty again. He's saying "NO women has the right to decide on her own body, no matter what happened" and "Anyway, she won't fall pregnant" but he's pretending his only mistake was to "mis-speak" one word. Lying swine. A fierce defender of all zygotes, he loses interest once they become babies. Especially poor babies. More especially babies of single mothers (the SLUTS!). And if they're poor, female babies, hell, he'll actively campaign against them! And don't let the little bastards even TRY and ask for welfare!!!
rakewell
Aug 22, 2012 10:46 AM CDT
So the problem with his statement was the he "misspoke one word", meaning he still thinks "forcible" rape victims can't become pregnant. JFC.
dubya
Aug 22, 2012 10:36 AM CDT
Unfortunately, I feel that Akin's actions over the past few days illustrate the underlying principles followed by most politicians these days. 1. He values his position as prominent politician more than he values the greater good, including that of his party. This may or may not be a good thing. He has defied the Republican Party outright by refusing to step aside, possibly losing them a very important Senate seat. He's too crazy for even the Republicans. This proves he has the mettle to stand up for what he believes, but clearly his beliefs are ringing wildly unpopular. 2. It is too easy to retract statements like these as "misspeaking" even though the statement made is clearly far more than just a minor error. Politicians bend to be whatever their constituents seem to want. While I value a candidate's right and ability to change his or her mind, I do like to know what they truly believe themselves. I want a candidate that makes bold statements and stand behind them. I want to know that when it really matters, they're not going to turn on their heels and suddenly go a different direction, especially if it is strongly against the wishes of constituents. I want to know that what is on the label is what I'll be getting when I open the box. 3. We look at these people and laugh at how their gaffes make them seem so comic. I don't need to laugh at politicians. I genuinely want to respect them, even the ones I don't support. But I just can't seem to even do that nowadays. When are we going to learn that we need competent statesmen running our country? We constantly complain about the quality of the people we elect, and yet we obligingly reelect them every 2, 4, or 6 years. It's time to take these roles seriously. Thank you for your time. EDIT: I should add that this is not necessarily pertinent to either party. The system as a whole needs to be fixed.