August 21st, 2012
05:46 PM ET
6 years ago

Priebus: RNC won't support Akin in Senate race

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus further urged Rep. Todd Akin to drop his U.S. Senate bid in Missouri, saying Tuesday the party is already halting its efforts to back the congressman.

"We're not going to send any money toward that race or spend money on the ground in that particular race. We're obviously going to work very hard for a nominee in Missouri up and down the ticket, congressional seats. But I've already called off the phone banks and all of the volunteers for Congressman Akin's race there," Priebus said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Priebus: RNC won't support Akin in Senate race..."

    ...but it will support exactly the same policy, which is codified in the GOP/Teatroll platform.

    August 21, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Mark

    If the race is close, the RNC will support him.

    They are in an ugly situation.

    The WORST thing that could happen for the right is for the race to be close....the RNC throws money at him, and he still loses. That re-ties the RNC to his comments and they still lose the seat.


    But it does not matter....the RNC can't disown Akin, then turn around and support the same policy the next day (which they did).

    August 21, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Bill

    Good, that wil make it easier for McCaskill to retain her seat. She wanted to run against this creep all along – even spending close to 2 million dollars in the primaries, with the aim being that he would be her opponent. Thank you Rinse for allowing the democrats to hold onto the Senate.

    August 21, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. T'sah From Virginia

    "Priebus: RNC won't support Akin in Senate race..."
    ...but it will support exactly the same policy, which is codified in the GOP/Teatroll platform.◄
    100% Right – and you do not hear Ryan asking Akin to resign... Hmm, I wonder why?

    The ONLY reason why Akin is being asked to resign is because he and Paul Ryan are "exactly" the same. If Ryan was not the VP pick – the Republicans would be praising Akin and still supporting him.

    Dang, Are the SANE Republicans that ignorant not to see through this – WAKE UP AMERICA!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    August 21, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. rrd

    Codified? Does that mean a need a decoder ring to read it?

    August 21, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. rs

    Odd that Akin seems to very accurately follow the GOP's convention plank regarding anti-abortion and anti-birth control. Are they goiing to pull funding from Romney and Ryan too? They align perfectly with Akin after all.

    Oh yeah, they're just hypocrits.....

    August 21, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. CanadaONE


    The way the GOP has handled this is very TELLING

    Quite frankly they look DAZED AND CONFUSED

    This is not only a poor reflection on the GOP but I am affraid that people around the world have a POOR image of AMERICA

    whatever you do GET RID OF THE GOP – FAST

    August 21, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Hood Out-sourcing-Jobs Outsourcing-his-Money and Outsourcing America

    ROMNEY/RYAN/AKIN ABORTION PLATFORM: A rape victim would be forced to have a child she had no desire for. Then she is forced to relive that rape every time she looks at the child!!!

    Not only that but since the people who want her to keep the child also wnat her to not have medicaid for the child and no food stamps or free school lunches to feed the child. No one cares if the parents are unfit and just beat the child to death. I guess they think it is better to die at age 5 than 5 weeks.

    August 21, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. livingston

    It isn't so much that they won't support him because he is an extreme nut-job who has no grasp of reality. They won't support him because he broke the cardinal rule – he told the truth about what they have planned for America. They don't want anyone to go off script and clue people in on what they are going to do to us if they were elected. They are dangerous. Vote them all out.

    August 21, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Larry L

    Akin's comment does accurately reflect the beliefs and attitudes of the radical, Evangelical, Tea Party right-wing that IS the Republican Party of today.

    August 21, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. D from Cali-forn-i-a

    Why? He's only saying what the GOP platform is...

    Fyi: Focusing on abortion and not jobs is a losing strategy...

    August 21, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. blue19

    The GOp istrying to distance themselves from the comment and the person but the seat is an important one. If the race is close, you can et the RNC will dmp money in Akins campaign once the furor has died down.

    August 21, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. SA in OO

    If they actually do call off the unwanted robo-calls at dinner time, Akin might actually gain some supporters !

    August 21, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    "what he said was terrible"............."pssst...make sure the platform is worded a little differently. We look bad enough already. But don't water it down too much. The sheep love it"

    August 21, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. NameTmcf

    Priebus is a "dirty liar" and if Akin is at all close in October the RNC and all the superpacs will be there for him.

    August 21, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. Ken_In_Atl

    Akin is not and never was the problem but merely a product of the GOP's myopic, archaic platform.

    August 21, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. GetReal

    Just illustrates how desperate the GOP is to ensure that nothing distracts from Romney's chance of winning... even to the point of abandoning their own. The sharks are on the prowl. Watch out, little fish.

    August 21, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. philojazz

    Now, how does Priebus, and Romney, and the GOP, backtrack when it eventually comes out, as it undoubtedly will, that they all ARE supporting Mr Akin, since he IS the R on the ticket?
    Whose head will be on the chopping block then? Will anyone have the guts to admit they lied?

    August 21, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. American People

    But we already know they DO support him via the GOP's own policy/voting records.

    August 21, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The RNC is supporting the co author (Ryan) of the Ryan/Akin bill, and the RNC adopted the same language in their party platform. I just hope there are some nude beaches in Tampa that the pubes can frolic at.

    August 21, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    The hippo party strikes again...

    August 21, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. Slightly Left of Center they won't support Akin. The sad part is that they don't have anyone better to replace him either.

    August 21, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The RNC might not support him, but there are so many other people and groups out there that think he is correct. They don't have a clue about biology and people.

    August 21, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. Combover PAC

    Don't worry Akin. The Combover PAC will come to the rescue!!!!

    August 21, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  25. Reggie from LA

    Now Wrench, is that because you no longer believe in what he stands for or, are you afraid of your [former] candidates chances? Rather Catch 22 isn't?

    August 21, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
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