Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism
August 23rd, 2012
02:07 PM ET
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Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism

(CNN) – Even as the official Republican Party continues to try to derail Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin over his remarks about “legitimate rape,” a powerful force within the GOP has begun rallying to the candidate’s side: the party’s socially conservative base.

Powerful Christian activists in the GOP have begun pushing back against party leadership, alleging it has gone too far in trying to thwart Akin and it is attempting to sideline issues that social conservatives care about, such as abortion.

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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    8.3% unemployment – Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    He misspoke. Big deal. We have a gaffomatic VP that does the same thing every day. He hasn't resigned or been fired yet.

    Missouri doesn't want to vote for Obama Clair McCaskill. They will vote for Akin. HE will vote to repeal Obamacare. McCaskill will not. The choice is as easy as that.
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    That's just one vote. What will he do the rest of the ti-oh, of course, nothing. Just like the worthless House we have now, that will focus on abortion but not one thing to bring the jobs they promised. Nothing will get accomplished for the middle class under Romney and Akin, not one thing. Do you pay people for inactivity? In the real world, inactivity gets you fired. In the GOP, you are designated a national hero for sitting on your a$$, provided you attend a fringe Church and make up facts about human biology to suit your wierd social theories. Sorry Junior, but putting in a man who can't even pass basic biology and Health classes is not someone who should be allowed anywhere near a legislative chamber.

    August 23, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    8.3% he didn't misspeak. This is the way your lunatic party thinks.
    Nos thatbyou are of the underground cad let me give yiunthe news that the SCOTUS didn't vote against Obamacare and that if the teapublikkklNs try to repeal it those shoo are already using it will go ape $"t!
    Seniors, people sit pre existing conditions And parents sit children in school are taking advantage.
    Now that you know, go back underground and take faux news sit you.

    August 23, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Good for the nation

    August 23, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    -8.3% unemployment – Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    He misspoke. Big deal. We have a gaffomatic VP that does the same thing every day. He hasn't resigned or been fired yet.

    Missouri doesn't want to vote for Obama Clair McCaskill. They will vote for Akin. HE will vote to repeal Obamacare. McCaskill will not. The choice is as easy as that.
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    The difference between Biden and Akin is that Biden has actually had a long, distinguished career as a legislator, whereas Akin is someone his own party establishment cannot stomach, and seems obcessed with the female reproductive system. Gaffes aside, who has actually contributed more-and the answer, 8.3%, is Biden! Thanks for playing, sport.

    August 23, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    a powerful force within the GOP has begun rallying to the candidate’s side: the party’s socially conservative base
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    Based on the never-before-seen drop in Republican membership, how many people are we talking about in this "powerful force within the GOP"? 10? 40?
    I mean come on even the paid GOPeeing Teatard bloggers on this site use multiple aliases to "increase" their ranks.
    Face it, there just isn't a "powerful force within the GOP" as it pertains to an actual PEOPLE count, which explains why they are resorting to voter disenfranchisement.
    The only recognized "powerful force within the GOP" are anonymous corporations, the Koch brothers, Rove, and Norquist. Let's be clear about that at least.
    Obama 2012. Seriously my fellow Americans.

    August 23, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. difoderit

    I used to think that individuals were being pretty extreme when they would post that the GOP are like the Taliban, now the more and more hate I hear coming from them – (see Lubbock TX judge story) – the more I think they may not be too far off afterall – really sad....

    August 23, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. kathy/Minnesota

    Yes seriously, OBAMA/BIDEN2012

    August 23, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Mikey

    @8.3% – "He misspoke. Big deal."
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    What a bunch of bull that is. He did not misspeak. Misspeaking is when something comes out differently than you intended because you mangled the words. Akin said exactly what is in his legislation. Then he went on to make a detailed desctiption of the "science" behind his position. He meant to say what he said and properly stated his beliefs.

    He may have been wrong. He may have been misinformed. However, he will not stop persuing "personhood" legislation, which by outlawing common forms of birth control, will dramatically increase unwanted pregnancies and abortions (but who said ideolgical zealots consider the practical ramifications of their positions). He was trying to explain away the fact that this law would make rape victims carry their rapists babies to term. Oh, and in states were this is done, the rapists can get visitation rights. How's that for putting victims through an ongoing nightmare. But then Christian Conservatives don't care too much for women.

    August 23, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. William

    A big "Thank You" to Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin ! Thank You for showing the world what an ill informed, woman hater & unqualified moron you are ! Thank You for showing the world that half the voters of Missouri are such uneducated, backward hicks & Aniti Choice zealots that they STILL support you even after he's made Missouri a laughing stock & running joke ! & THANK YOU for showing the world how UN-Christian you so called "Conservatives" really are!! I Love It !!
    The Truth Finally shines !!!

    August 23, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. The Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The old people will need it when they run out of health care money.

    August 23, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "As Sniffit pointed out, under the Akin/Ryan definition of rape an alleged rapist can plead innocence if the victim doesn't get pregnant. Is that really what we want?"

    I think you meant DOES get pregnant. Their argument would be that "hey, you're pregnant, so this just couldn't possibly have been rape."

    August 23, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Or hey...why not take it to the next logical conclusion given the completely ridiculous "science" they claim underlies the idea...as supported by one doctor in the country, Dr. Willke, the famous pro-life meathead who met personally with Mittens.

    "You got pregnant, so it means you liked it."

    August 23, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. rt harris

    Christian rethugs no way can a republican be a christian they might say they are but its impossible for them to be one

    August 23, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    further proof why a larger amount of people nowadays pracitce little or NO religion at all.

    August 23, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I knew it was just a matter of time when the Republicans would use their religion and the Bible after they have spoken about something that is politically unfavorable, it never fails. Hypocrits.

    August 23, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Luke Brown

    If every politician who has ever said or done something stupid or offensive were to resign, we wouldn't have anyone to run the country.

    Leave the guy alone. People in Missouri knew what they were doing when they voted for him.

    August 23, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    I doubt he "misspoke" ... just spoke to soon. One thing is clear, Mr. Akin and his ilk are giving Evangelicals a run for their money, and no doubt turning Christianity into a mockery of self serving ideologues in the process.

    August 23, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Hey

    Hey republican (notice I didn't say conservative because since WHEN has a republican EVER been conservative) christians! Don't you know that the GOP hate the Poor, Sick, Old, Oppressed, and Females. Jesus loved those people. The GOP just want them to die. Do what Jesus would do and vote democrat!

    August 23, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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