GOP condemns Rep. Todd Akin’s comments

by NW Spotlight

National Republican leaders have condemned the offensive comments on rape made by Congressman Todd Akin (R-Missouri), and called for Akin to drop out of his race for the U.S. Senate. So far, Akin has apologized but is defying calls for him to drop out.

Reince Priebus – Republican National Committee Chair

On Tuesday, Reince Priebus told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Todd Akin should drop out of the Missouri Senate race and that Akin’s funding has been pulled. Priebus called Akin’s comments “ridiculous and bizarre” as well as “biologically stupid.” Priebus has asked Akin not to attend next week’s Republican convention in Tampa.

Mitt Romney – GOP candidate for president

Also on Tuesday, Mitt Romney condemned Akin’s comments and called on Akin to drop out of the Missouri U.S. Senate race: “Todd Akin’s comments were offensive and wrong and he should very seriously consider what course would be in the best interest of our country. Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race.”

Paul Ryan – GOP candidate for vice-president

Paul Ryan condemned Akin’s comments: “His statements were outrageous, over the pale. I don’t know anybody who would agree with that. Rape is rape, period, end of story.” Akin told NBC’s Matt Lauer yesterday that Paul Ryan had personally called Akin and asked him to drop out of his U.S. Senate race.

Other Republicans

Other Republicans calling for Akin to quit because of his offensive comments are Missouri’s junior senator Roy Blunt, former Missouri U.S. senators John Ashcroft, Kit Bond, John Danforth, and Jim Talent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Maine’s Sen. Olympia Snowe, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Richard Burr of North Carolina, as well as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas.

 

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  • Too bad so sad for Aiken

    On one issue Tod Aiken did not choose his words wisely – yet Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, et al – NOT such a big deal despite REPEATED GAFFES?“`Alas, DNC partisans don’t seem to let go a rip attending the aroma of red herring double-standards coming from their helm. Pity!

  • valley person

    Todd Akin told to drop out due to inexplicably uttering the Republican Party position in public.

  • chana cox

    Yes, there is a double standard but, on the other hand, what Todd Akin said is not the Republican Party position nor is it the position of most of us who are pro life. This is not a question of insisting on holding ourselves to a higher standard. Akin should not win in Missouri.

    • valley person

      Nr Akin’s political position is that abortion should be against the law, even if the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. How is that different than the Republican Party position?

  • Leathermouth

    Choice is choice and pro-life is pro-life. If you believe in pro-life, you don’t kill ANY babies for ANY reason!

    • Rupert in Springfield

      You are honestly arguing that you would force a victim of forcible rape to carry the baby to term? Really?

      I understand the logic, the baby did nothing wrong, so why should the child die? However to me the trauma of making a woman endure that clearly would impact her life to such an extent the scales tilt.

      Obviously you think differently. However I just cannot imagine a world where a rape victim is forced, God knows how, to bear offspring from such an event.

      Imagine her settling in for nine months, people commenting at work “oh wow, your pregnant, congratulations, I didn’t even know you were dating anyone”

      “I wasn’t, I got raped, I hate this thing inside me”

      I mean come on. Let’s get real here

      There are perfectly valid reasons for killing a baby.

      An ectopic pregnancy – yes, you go ahead an kill the baby.

      Mother will live or unborn child will live but not both? Yes, you kill the baby.

      Theory Land only goes so far.

      • valley person

        “You are honestly arguing that you would force a victim of forcible rape to carry the baby to term? Really?”

        That is your party platform Rupert. It surprises you?

    • ardbeg

      So in the case of a mother health, your going to play God and determine who gets to live and who gets to die? How arrogant of you.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    What Akin said was idiotic. The idea that there is an adult male in congress who, apparently, does not know where babies come from is inexcusable. The guy should resign simply on the basis of being an idiot.

    What’s the good news? Well, frankly there is something admirable that the entire Republican party hierarchy denounced this boob immediately. It’s no secret that Akin was a shoe in to win the race, and urging him to withdraw, and in the process severely diminishing Republicans hopes to take the Senate, shows to me that some people were willing to do the right thing here. Principle over party.

    Are there other members of the idiot club in congress? Sure. However I think its admirable that Republicans chose to essentially cede the Senate rather than tolerate complete boobs. Would that others would do the same.

    DULLARD WARNING – Whatever your party, Republican or Democrat if you think you do not have equal nitwittery in your caucus, you are sadly mistaken.

    • ardbeg

      Wow, I think this is the second time we are in total agreement on an issue-Rupert Rules! 🙂 Actually Rupert Rocks! sounds better

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