August 21st, 2012
06:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin defies mounting calls to withdraw from Senate race

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Todd Akin allowed a state deadline to pass Tuesday, defiantly staying in the race to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill despite mounting calls for him to withdraw over incendiary remarks on rape and pregnancy.

Under Missouri law, Akin would now need to get a court order to pull out of the race as he waited beyond the 5 p.m. deadline. He would also be required to pay for any necessary reprinting of ballots.

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  1. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Akin says he's not a quitter. I like that. Fight on Akin. You are going to get demolished in the election. Romney/Ryan, the RNC, NRSC and a bunch of your colleagues have denounced you. Please stay in the race.

    August 21, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    We're behind you Akin. Keep up the good work and stay in.....signed the Democrats

    August 21, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Force somebody out of the race because of his statements and then include the basic tenants of his statements in your platform. How foolish ARE these people?

    August 21, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    what he said was stupid,. disgusting and asinine BUT I give him credit for having the guts to actually say it. What he said is what I bet many of the right wing pro-life GOPers feel but never wanted to say in media earshot. We know where he stands despite all the so-called I'm sorrys...even to the point flip flopper Mitt changed his stance on abortion AGAIN!!

    August 21, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. demwit

    HERO worship also means highlighting and attacking ALL compeditors. Well done Tom..

    August 21, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Could it be that the Party of "NO" and "HELL NO"... actually meant "yes"? How confusing....

    August 21, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. myviewis

    He's been around for a long time, he keeps getting voted in, I would think that people would by now have known he has these strange ideas. It's up to the voters to give him a win or send him packing. His ideas almost sound like those of Scientology.

    August 21, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Bill, NY

    They want his head on a pillar for saying something they all think, but did not want to get caught saying.

    August 21, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Kind of hypocritical of the pubes to want him out, as he clearly reflects the GOP platform written by the invasive procedures governor.

    August 21, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    Akin did the unspeakable and spoke the truth of how he and many other GOPers think and believe. And of course now the GOP wants to crucify him for being honest.

    August 21, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "His ideas almost sound like those of Scientology."

    Nah. Believing in aliens = kooky. Believing that there are different kinds of rape or some sort fo rape spectrum = evil. See the difference? Kooky =/= Evil.

    August 21, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Me IN HOUSTON

    Why should he leave or apologize. He meant what he said and he believes it.
    the Republican party believes the same thing
    They are also trying to suppress voter turn out.

    August 21, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Efudd

    "This is how all GOPers think" – I notice those on the left just repeat some party line. There is really no independent thought in what lefties say. Hmmm...I guess this is socialism is all about.

    August 21, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. cali girl

    Here are the greatest hits of some GOP men saying things about rape:
    The fact show that people who are raped, who are truly raped, the juices don`t flow,
    the body functions don`t work and they don`t get pregnant." From Henry Aldridge from No Carolina
    It was Clayton Williams who said in 1998 that if a women is being raped, she can't do anything about it, she should just lie back and enjoy it.
    And this little gem:
    Rape obviously is a traumatic experience. When that traumatic experience is undergone, a woman secretes a certain
    secretion which has a tendency to kill sperm."
    Akin just opened a huge can of worms, and here come all the lunatics. Abortion is legal, Roe Vs Wade is still legal.
    The GOP would like to see that right taken away completely. That is why Ryan and others are scrambling to get PersonHood amendments in many bills
    Where I seeing this going is scary. If they believe a life starts at conception, then they can take that message into a whole new territory. What if a women gets pregnant but has a miscarriage. Are they going to throw the mother in jail because they will believe she caused the conceived child to die? Just think about that.

    August 21, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. New Moon Rising

    STAND YOUR GROUND AKIN.... have a spine ... you will only be the biggest helper ever to really shape an election... so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE , don't give in . . .

    August 21, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. myviewis

    Sniffit

    "His ideas almost sound like those of Scientology."

    Nah. Believing in aliens = kooky. Believing that there are different kinds of rape or some sort fo rape spectrum = evil. See the difference? Kooky =/= Evil.
    ---------------------–

    Have you read on Scientology, they do discourage women from having an abortion even if it is the result of rape. Read Scientology and abortion.

    August 21, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Reggiedw

    How about a discussion about Biden's remarks last week.. Let us get the chains talk going again!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. myviewis

    New Moon Rising

    STAND YOUR GROUND AKIN.... have a spine ... you will only be the biggest helper ever to really shape an election... so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE , don't give in . . .
    -------------------–

    Unless some voting for him are Scientologists, since they share similar views on abortion, rape, medicine, healing of the body, etc....

    August 21, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Peace

    Karl Rove and his Co. don't get it. Pulling out money will not affect Akin. He is very known in his state thats why they kept voting him in. Rove should also understand money is not everything, even that woman in CALIFORNIA who wanted to become gov. burnt tones and tones of money and still she lost.

    August 21, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Reggiedw

    The democrats are the party if you do not want it....get rid of it no matter what!!!!!!! An innocent child that has no say in whether they live or die!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. rs

    Frankly, I hope Akin stays in the race. It is about time the GOP owns their TEA Party idiocy- with a big loss in November.

    August 21, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Pa Voter

    Lets see how this works, Akin makes a stupid remark and he should resign.
    Obama lies outright to the American people and subverts congress but he should be reelected ?
    Libs, you are so messed up in the head!

    August 21, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Pa Voter

    Freedom of speech is freedom of speech, no matter how stupid your comment is.

    August 21, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. rs

    Efudd-
    Please explain the diferences between the anti-abortion/anti-birth control stances of Mr. Akin and Mr. Ryan. Form what I see they have supported all of the GOP House bills. It seems sir, they are identical.

    August 21, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Pa Voter

    @Efudd "This is how all GOPers think"
    That because everyone in commy socialist system all get same-same.

    August 21, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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