Romney calls on Akin to exit race
August 21st, 2012
04:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney calls on Akin to exit race

(CNN) - Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, joined a host of fellow Republicans in calling on Rep. Todd Akin to withdraw from his Missouri Senate race Tuesday. His campaign released the following statement:

"As I said yesterday, 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."


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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. jenner

    His views may not be as extreme as Akins or Ryans, but ... hypocrite.

    August 21, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Say No to Willard Romney Hood and Personhood Ann Ryand

    Right after you and Paula do, you hypocritical, flip-flopping, lying wimp. Akin is no different than you, Willard, nor your little wonky fraud of a fiscal hawk.
    Don't be mad that Akin has exposed the party platform for all to see. Embrace it. You flip-flopped on Romneycare, you flip-flopped on the mandate, you've flip-flopped on abortion, you've flip-flopped on TARP, you've flip-flopped on everything except profits before people. Willard you are a gutless, spineless, useless well-lubed weathervane.

    August 21, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatrolls mortal sin: saying out loud what was supposed to be kept and enacted as secretively as possible.

    Mittens supports the personhood amendment. That's all that matters. He said he'd sign it and support it and it has become the GOP/Teatroll platform. He can hide behind yelling at Akin to exit his race, but he'll make an even bigger liar of himself if he claims that shows he supports exceptions to an abortion ban. Don't get dazed by his doublethink.

    August 21, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. bb

    Im sure the democraps wont except this, theyll pull an Oblunder & point and blame

    August 21, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Here goes Romney the Puppert Liar trying to tell someone to have moral values. Show 5+ years of your Tax Returns if you want to be seen as having any moral values Romney!

    August 21, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Joyce Wynes

    Romney and Ryan and the rest of the GOP want Akin to drop out of the race and return to the issue of jobs. Well they are waging a war on women there also. June 5, 2012 the GOP voted No for legislation to give equal pay for equal work for women. Why isn't CNN reporting on that and bringing that up as a FACT over and over again. There is no better proof of the war on women and the media is just ignoring it. Shame on you

    August 21, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Ben

    As a voter in Missouri I have to say I am going to vote for Akin if he stays in. Here is why: If foot in mouth disease was a disqualification Biden shouldn't be at the top of the Democratic ticket. Akin apologized and said what he stated was totally inaccurate and wrong. Needless to say we never get apologies from Obama or Biden for their recklessness. And lastly and most important, he is running against Sent. McCaskill who voted for Obamacare, is for abortion, weak on the second amendment, and never saw a spending bill she did not like. Akin has opposing views on every issue.

    August 21, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. BlkPwr817

    What goes around comes around. GOP getting a taste of their own medicine. To bad they're the nurse & the patient at the same time...LOL – Bottom line Akin & Ryan agree on the same principles which Romney has also adopted...

    August 21, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Jules

    Aha – the polls finally show that him not actually taking a tough stand on this issue is hurting him so now he will come out and say what it was he will tell us is what he meant to say all along. But, of course, Romney won't be able to get past the fact that he chose a man as a running mate who tried to narrowly define rape as forcible rape for someone to be able to get an abortion when pregnant because of rape. Let me clue all of the GOP in using the words of our president – Rape is Rape.

    August 21, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Squigman

    It's sickening to hear this hypocrite speak, and it's unimaginable that he could be given the highest office in the land. What's more, it's horrifying that there are those who believe his every word and gesture. Just because he's republican.

    August 21, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Jules

    Got some granddaughters in your family, Mitt? Should one of them end up pregnant because of rape, remember unless she was at knife point or gun point it doesn't count as rape according to your running mate. Date rape – naw – being ovrpowered – naw. This party is a hopeless bunch. Where is the old GOP that had brains and common sense. Now it's just a bunch of tight, scrunchy faced, hateful, bigoted, cruel men without a clue.

    August 21, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    didn't both Ryan and Romney support not having abortions AT ALL unless the life of the mother was at risk and that also included victims of rape and incest? Now they BOTH support abortion in cases of rape and incest? I have a very hard time keeping up with the RandR team's stands on much of anything other than everything wrong is Obama's fault. I'm sure if they could find a way to do it they would blame Akin's so-called gaffe on Obama as well.

    August 21, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Here's a $10,000 deal Willard. Akin will drop out when you release your taxes.

    August 21, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. tee1227

    The tax evader should also exit the race don`t you think so.

    August 21, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Tell It Like It Is

    It didn't take long for the GOP to throw one of their own under the subway.

    August 21, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Jules

    By the way CNN – this picture of Romney is not about Aiken. You use this one all the time. Trying to show Mitt the Twit as actually having some gumption that he doesn't have?

    August 21, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. deedeemao

    The reality is that the Demoicratics are basing all of their campaigns on smearing Republicans rather than talking about teh serious issues facing the nation. Akin needs to go so we can move on to more important matters.

    The remark Akin made is indefensible and the Democratics are going to milk it form now until November if Akin doesn't step aside now.

    August 21, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Jules

    Oh wait, they released a statement – Romney didn't actually step to the plate and say it for all to hear. I was thinking maybe he was growing a set – but maybe not.

    August 21, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Peter Curran

    I would like to know who are these Doctors Rep.Akin supposedly quoted by mistake ? They need to have their medical licenses looked at! The truth is the base of the new Republican party led by the Teabaggers,the Rushers etc. is infiltrated by these backward people -people who don't want to have evolution taught in schools, go back on women's rights-the list is endless.

    August 21, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Peace

    Who is advising Mitt? At this time especially when the party is preparing for its convention, is not the right time to shake up the base because someone (Akin) said improper words. Mitt should understand evangelicals have been swinging on a very tiny rope since the primaries. They were hesitant to support him. If he continues to press hard, am afraid the rope will end up in pieces.

    August 21, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Dan B

    Akin should drop out so the republicans can get back Missouri.

    August 21, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. John

    For you fiscal conservatives.........a little food for thought....................

    Abortion occurs when the unborn child will be UNWANTED (teen pregnancy, affair etc.)............so

    Anti abortion laws will cause unwanted, and eventually abandoned children to be born
    Current laws contain the methodoloy to continue to keep down the number of abandoned children.....i.e.

    The GOP is the biggest threat to cause skyrocketing Welfare Costs in the future.

    August 21, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    I hope he does not drop out. Everyone else gets a chance to explain what they really meant (Romey/Obama/Ryan/Biden), when they mispoke, let Rep. Akin have the same courtesy.

    August 21, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Yonni

    Hey, Mitt Akin he is the pure republican unlike you. Don't make the Tea party to hate you; remember they don't like you anyway they just hate the other guy and you are here by default.

    August 21, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    They're mad because he let the cat out of the bag before the election. Ryan/Akin bill of 2009 is in the republican platform. They want women to be used to breed their cheap labor and warriors.

    Vote straight DEM if you believe in freedom.

    August 21, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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