DCCC robo calls link House Republicans to Akin
August 27th, 2012
01:29 PM ET
6 years ago

DCCC robo calls link House Republicans to Akin

(CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched a series of automated phone calls Monday linking House Republicans to Rep. Todd Akin's controversial comments about rape, according to a release from the organization.

The GOP's Senate candidate in Missouri came under fire when he explained his opposition to abortion by citing unnamed female bodily responses that he said prevent pregnancy in instances of "legitimate rape" during an interview with a Missouri television station.

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Though Akin later said he misspoke, he has caught considerable backlash from both parties, losing funding and support from key Republican groups as he heads into a heated general election with Democrat incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Akin has repeatedly refused to leave the race and continues to raise funds with the help of various social conservative groups like the Family Research Council and Mike Huckabee, former 2008 presidential candidate and popular conservative radio show host.

In an example of a call released by the DCCC targeting Congressman Mike Coffman, a Republican from Colorado, a voice reminds the receiver of Akin's comments then ties them to the respective representative.

"Republicans like your Congressman Mike Coffman share some of these radical, right-wing beliefs- that the government should take away a woman's access to making informed decisions about her own pregnancy," the voice will say in the calls.

The DCCC is targeting 20 Republicans in 13 states, including Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan – the Republican running mate to presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.

The DCCC's robo calls come as the GOP develops and formally accepts the party's platform on a range of issues, including abortion, at the Republican convention in Tampa beginning Monday. Democrats have termed the Republican Party's stance on abortion the "Akin-plank" in an effort to link members of the GOP to a more extreme character in the party.

The Republican's party platform opposes abortions in all cases, making no exceptions for rape or incest. Mitt Romney, however, has said that though he opposes abortion, he supports exceptions in certain cases, including rape, incest and life of the mother. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan co-sponsored a bill last year with Akin and other House Republicans that bestowed "personhood" rights on fertilized embryos, which would allow states or Congress to determine the legality of abortions. Since being tapped as the presumptive GOP nominee's running mate, Ryan has said that he defers to Romney's stance on the issue.

Like many critics of the Republican Party, DCCC Communications Director Jesse Ferguson claims Akin's comments reflect more broadly on the Republican Party's members as a whole.

"The problem for House Republicans isn't what one of their Members said, it's what many of Republicans believe and do – support an extreme agenda that limits health care access for women," said Ferguson in a release about the calls. "Voters will hold Republicans accountable for the rest of this campaign for sharing some of Congressman Akin's extreme beliefs and now making the latest attack on women's rights part of the official platform for Republican candidates."

House Democrats see 51 seats in play come November. Democrats lost control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections, thanks to an historic 63 seat pick-up by the GOP. The party needs to grab back 25 seats to regain the majority.

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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • DCCC • House Democrats • House Republicans
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Tired of republican lies

    They need to run ads all over the country about this...fox news won't talk about it!!!

    August 27, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    So, does anyone listen to robo calls?

    August 27, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. gt

    its jobs..you know the ones that nancy and her clones ran off 4 yrs ago...akin is a lone wolf.. and the huckster needs to worry about ratings....

    August 27, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    You mean they aren't bragging about the great economic condition of the country and the huge surplus of unfilled jobs??? Oh yeah, it's a bad economy and there is massive unemployment. Time to break out the Democrat smoke, mirrors and snake oil. Polls show the American people aren't falling for it though. They learned their lesson in 2008 I guess.

    August 27, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Darryl

    Women don't set in the back seat anymore, lol... You make a woman mad an she will slice you up and throw you in the garbage can so fast it will make your head spin. These Laws & Bills the republicans have and try to pass has infuriated women beyond anything I've ever seen in my life. That old saying " Women belong at home bare-foot & Pregnant and cleaning & cooking " ? LOL..LOL....not in the 21st century and not in any future from here on out.

    August 27, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. lolo

    And they should. Akin let the cat out of the bag and these fools are still going to bring it up at the convention. America they have a plan to steal the election and they are showing us upfront that they do not care if the rest of us know or not. We must make sure that all of the people they are trying to stop from voting get a chance to cast their votes. Around the country people are volunteering to make sure that they have proper documents and those who are not volunteering check in your own communities for the young and elderly who do not have the documents no matter their party and help them to accomplish the goal of acquiring one. We will not let the GOP/TP groups buy or steal this election.

    August 27, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. cali girl

    "Oh. let's see what we can do to make abortion illegal" that has become the GOP/Tbaggers platform. Define Rape as "Force" or "legitimate". Define Personhood begins at conception.
    My analogy on personhood would be this example: A chicken and rooster have their fun, then the chicken lays eggs that are fertilized. If I go and collect the eggs and set them on my kitchen counter, are these chickens at this point? No, and never will be unless there is intervention. The hen would sit on them, turn them, monitor them., and with any luck a chicken will be born. The fertilized eggs will never become a chicken just because the egg is fertilized.
    This is just what the GOP wants. The woman's egg is released, here come the mans sperm. The sperm does its job, somewhere in the Fallopian tubes. Is that a human being at that point? No it needs intervention if it can grow to be a human. The GOP though wants all woman to bow to their personhood amendments. Let the women be 2nd class citizens. Let's throw women in jail for ignoring personhood amendments because the abortion is legal, the act of performing the abortion is illegal.

    August 27, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Have you noticed that the Republican Party is splitting along different types of conservative ideological lines? The business conservatives want Akin out. The social conservatives want Akin to stay in the race. Meanwhile, the Liberatarian conservatives want to seee them all go.

    August 27, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |

    Houese republicans ran on JOBS JOBS JOBS, but have a pushed a anti-women agenda their entire time in Congress. There have been more abortion bills than jobs bills in the House. Yet, another example of Boehner's failed leadership. Mr. Speaker/Weeper, WHERE ARE THE JOBS???

    August 27, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. NameBill

    gt: Akin is no lone wolf. His bill was co- sponsored by GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan!

    August 27, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. wgf

    @ cali girl - Well said. Though the people who most need to understand it probably lost you at "Fallopian tubes". I'm pretty sure it was beyond Akin's abilities.

    August 27, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The seniors will need to commit suicide when their health care dollars run out.

    August 27, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. 8.3% is a paid GOP shill

    WORD = GOP Association
    Old People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Sick People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Poor People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Female People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-white People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-christian People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Unemployed People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Gay People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Glob of cells in a womb = Something we PRETEND to care about just to get votes.

    August 27, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. v_mag

    cali girl – I like the analogy. The old saying is, "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched." I'd be happy if we set that clock back just a bit for humans. Say, third trimester, or the point of viability outside the womb. But before that, "don't count a fetus as human before it can live on its own". Before that point, it is part of its mother's body, and it's her responsibility.

    Or, we could go the other way and say that sperm and eggs are living human beings, even before fertilization. I hate to contemplate the ramifications of that one. But it will always be an arbitrary point in time when a proto-human becomes human. There is no specific point where that absolutely happens, unless you want to go all the way to birth. At that point, everyone would agree that there is a human present. Strangely enough, that's the same point where Repugnants quit caring about the living.

    August 27, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. California Gary

    And they should be linked together.......the GOP of today reminds of the "Borg" from the Star Trek movies......they all think alike, speak alike, and act alike as though they are one being. And they don't want any government intrusion in their lives, with the exception of the bedroom........there they want the government to call all the shots. Go figure.....

    August 27, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. cali girl

    V_mag I agree 100%. When can a human survive on it's own? Just like you said, around the 30th week with LOTS of intervention by doctors and machinery.
    What scares me about the personhood amendments that life is at conception. What if something horrible happens and a woman has a miscarriage. Can she be arrested and thrown in jail because she did not properly care for the "human"

    August 27, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    "Houese republicans ran on JOBS JOBS JOBS, but have a pushed a anti-women agenda their entire time in Congress. "
    In 2010, Repubilcans ran on "jobs, jobs, jobs" and in 2011 they also immediately tried to kill unions and collective bargaining. As the governer of Ohio put it following the rejection of at the polls in Nov. 2011, "It was too much too soon." I can guarantee, because conservatives are already throwing around the "mandate" word, that Republicans will re-engage the union issue, and all of the other social agendas that Republicans have treated the American people to over the last two years.

    August 27, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Wilson

    Obama and the leftist media are in for a big surprise come November. It will become apparent that Romney is the candidate of about 55% of Americans in a lopsided win. Most Americans reject Obama's Marxist class warfare agenda.
    That is "if" obama allows the election to take place. He is in panic mode already. All those hollow poiont bullets purchased for his SS agency and DHS are not for target practice.

    August 27, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    According to these personhood laws, a woman's menstrual cycle could be construed as murder.

    August 27, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |