Santorum, DeMint endorse Akin
September 26th, 2012
10:48 AM ET
2 years ago

Santorum, DeMint endorse Akin

(CNN) – Sen. Jim DeMint and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Wednesday morning endorsed Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, who is seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and made headlines for his controversial comments on rape earlier this fall.

On Tuesday – the last day Akin could legally request his name be removed from the November ballot – the congressman set out on a bus tour of the state. His move defied calls from a number of Republicans and GOP groups - including his state's Republican party - to quit the race, concerned his continued candidacy would challenge their chances of winning control of the Senate.

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In a joint statement, Santorum and DeMint wrote otherwise.

"If Republicans are to win back the Senate and stop President Obama's liberal agenda, we must defeat Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri," they wrote, criticizing her for supporting Obama's health reform law.

"Todd Akin is a principled conservative who is committed to winning and fighting for freedom in the U.S. Senate," they continued. "Todd will work to stop reckless spending, stop the out of control debt, repeal the government takeover of healthcare, support our military and defend life at every stage."

DeMint, the junior senator from South Carolina, is a favorite of tea party supporters and Santorum won the GOP primary in Missouri, winning the popular vote in every county and overall beating the eventual GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney by 30 points.

Akin rose to prominence after saying in an August interview that pregnancy as a result of rape, "from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare."

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," he continued. Days later, the Republican ran a TV ad in which he said "I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize."

A Wednesday email sent from Santorum's group, Patriot Voices, to supporters ahead of the official announcement included a link to donate to Akin's campaign.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee had originally planned to withdraw financial support for Akin, CNN learned in August. But a Wednesday statement from the group's executive director said the NRSC would be watching the race.

"As with every Republican Senate candidate, we hope Todd Akin wins in November and we will continue to monitor this race closely in the days ahead," Rob Jesmer said in a statement.

Although the NRSC did not commit to financially backing Akin, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fired back blasting "statement by national Republicans in support of Todd Akin."

"Their decision to support Akin should leave zero doubt in anyone's mind that the Republican Party and the candidates they support are downright dangerous for women," Sen. Patty Murray, the group's chair, wrote in a statement. "I expected more, but sadly, Todd Akin represents the official position of the Republican Party. All Republican Senate candidates support a Republican agenda that would pose a serious threat to women and inflict Todd Akin's extreme views on our country."

Earlier in the day, the DSCC press secretary, Shripal Shah, wrote that, "No one should've been fooled by the party's faux outrage and their ensuing change of course because as the Republican establishment is making clear today, the Akin backlash was never about principle, it was purely about politics."

The independent political analysts at the Cook Political Report and Rothenberg political report says the race is "likely" or "leaning" in McCaskill's favor.

Since leaving the presidential race, Santorum has endorsed a number of candidates for Senate seats, including Texan Ted Cruz and Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

– CNN's Dana Bash and Ted Barret contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Jim DeMint • Rick Santorum
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    There's my boy Ricky. Stay true to the game Akin. The people deserve to know exactly how you repubs feel. You've been pulling the wool over everyones eyes for way too long.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 26, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. alpg49

    Our electoral system doesn't allow us to willingly elect neanderthal morons to the Senate. Something in the political system shuts down and prevents it. ... in some states...

    September 26, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Sandra

    Please do not post misleading healines, such as "Akin gets big endorsement."

    September 26, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. TparTpatriot

    Thank you! Santorum is showing why he should have won the primary. Santorum cares about this country, conservative values and most importantly God. I hope he runs again in 2016 or 2020 (depending on who wins this year). He has my vote and the vote of every person in my town!

    September 26, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. DumbasRocks [R]s

    This is today's republicanism is a nutshell: there is nothing so abysmally stupid that the [R] party elite will not endorse it!

    September 26, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. MrAnonymous

    Jim-"Akin must be leading in the polls, otherwise CNN would be leading with the numbers. CNN had to do an attack piece to help the democrat, no wonder 47% of the country does not believe CNN anymore"
    September 26, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |

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    The latest polling (which still isn't terribly recent) shows McCaskill in the lead. The most recent is Rasmussen from 9/11 and it shows McCaskill up by 6 points...

    September 26, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. rs

    For anyone who does not yet believe the GOP has been taken over by very radical people- here's more proof. This is no longer your fathers GOP. These are dangerous people.

    September 26, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Next he will have the support of U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert .

    GOP , in ignorance we stand , with ignorance we fall 2012 !

    DeMent is a lobbyist plain and simple !

    September 26, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. DianeRPCFL

    Santorum and DeMint endorse Akin. No suprise. All three view womens' rights through a 19th century prism: no vote, no reproductive rights and no healthcare.

    September 26, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. mk1

    Two more reasons to NOT vote for Akin.

    September 26, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    The GOP/Tea Party can no longer hide their contempt for women's rights. Two of their most esteemed leaders, DeMint and Santorum endorse Akin's Dark Ages position on rape and abortion.

    September 26, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. truth hurts

    The REAL Truth... - If Todd Akin will "work to stop reckless spending, stop the out of control debt" why is he running as a Republican. Simple research shows that the GOP has HISTORICALLY been the root cause of both of these problems, not the Dems.
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    Social security, medicare, Obamacare.... ALL bankrupt Democrat social welfare programs that have grown (or will in Obamacare's case) to threaten the financial stability of the country. Raise taxes to cover all the costs? Of course, on all the people ALREADY footing the bill for everything in this country while 47% (and climbing) get a free ride.

    Margaret Thatcher nailed it decades ago, "The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other peoples money to spend." We are quickly reaching that tipping point. Have you seen the streets of Greece and Spain lately??? THAT is the future Obama and the Democrats have in store for the USA.

    September 26, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. ZedLok

    I wouldn't call it a "big endorsement." A "legitimate endorsement" maybe, but not so big.

    September 26, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. jk in MN

    And how is this a surprise, given their past stands on abortion, and women's rights? You know the saying.....wingnuts of a feather, flock together!

    September 26, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Unknown

    Since when did getting an endorsement from a losing primary candidate count as "big endorsement?"

    September 26, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Jason

    Kiss of death people, kiss of death.

    September 26, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Dennis1020

    Given the changing demographics of this country, and given the voices that seem to currently dominate the Republican Party, it will be a long, long time before a Republican again occupies the White House.

    September 26, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Canuck

    "The Democrat Party is not the party of JFK anymore either."

    JFK's views were so feared by the establishment (he did not want to go into Vietnam) that they had him assasinated.

    September 26, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Met

    Santorm should be ashamed of himself. Of course, he and Akin are two peas in a pod! they think all women should be barefoot and pregnant!

    September 26, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Rick 7809

    I expect something like that from DeMint, but not from Santorum. The party has been taken over by the far right Tea Party element and these guys are afraid of them.

    September 26, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. H. L. Mencken

    Wow. Like Stewart and Colbert don't already have enough source material. The Republican Party this year is the gift that keeps on giving.

    September 26, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    This man needs to be put away in a straight jacket. Take DeMint and Santorm to the looney bin as well!

    September 26, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. DaNuser

    Yes. Rick Santorum. The voice of reason.

    September 26, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    and Akins thinks these two will help him? Santorum is a fanatical bible thumper and DeMint is from a state that wouldn't vote for Obama if their lives depended on it

    September 26, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Evangenital

    I saw the debate between McCaskill & Akin and she cleaned the floor with him. I am not surprised the frothy mixture Senator Santorum endorsed him. They are both religious freaks!

    September 26, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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