Top House Republican distances GOP from new Akin rape remarks
July 11th, 2014
04:17 PM ET
5 months ago

Top House Republican distances GOP from new Akin rape remarks

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking woman in the House GOP leadership, said Friday that former Rep. Todd Akin's declaration that he now regrets apologizing for his "legitimate rape" comments during the 2012 campaign do not reflect the views of the Republican Party.

"I would say that Todd Akin's comments were not reflective of the Republican Party and the Republican message," McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, told CNN. The GOP message "is about a better future for every person in this country no matter who you are, no matter your background, and we are about protecting that opportunity for everyone."


McMorris Rodgers spoke to CNN during a Republican National Committee "Women's Summit" in Washington.

Akin, a Missouri Republican, was strongly criticized during his losing 2012 Senate campaign for arguing that if a woman experiences "legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Akin eventually apologized for the comment. But in his soon-to-be-released book, "Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom." the former congressman states that he now regrets the apology.

Politico, which obtained an early copy of the book, reports that Akin wrote that by "asking the public at large for forgiveness, I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said."

National Republican leaders, anxious to gain ground among women after losing the female vote in the 2012 presidential race by 11 points, have repeatedly tried to distance themselves from Akin's remarks and push for the nomination of less polarizing candidates in 2014.

They've also launched several new initiatives designed to reach out to female voters this year. One of the programs highlighted at Friday's summit was the "14 in '14" program. The initiative, according to a RNC statement, is about mobilizing volunteers to devote at least a half hour per week in the 14 weeks prior to the November election.

"Volunteers will engage women in 25 key counties with high numbers of independent and 'swing' women voters," the statement noted. "'14 in '14' will train these volunteers to recruit other women, identify voters, support other get-out-the-vote efforts, and be Republican messengers in their communities."

Speaking at the summit luncheon on Friday, McMorris Rodgers argued that the modern Republican Party is a much better fit for American women than its Democratic counterpart.

"The Republican vision is one that is about empowering you," she told the female attendees. The Democratic agenda, in contrast, is one that is "paternal" in nature and "promotes dependency."

"There is one party that respects women" and "honors them," she declared. And that is the Republican Party.


Filed under: Cathy McMorris Rodgers • GOP • RNC • Todd Akin
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "I would say that Todd Akin's comments were not reflective of the Republican Party and the Republican message,"
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    If that's the case, then how come no one quickly came out and spoke against the man back in 2012? Took y'all a while.

    July 11, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Does anyone have any record of her comments regarding Akin, Mourdock, and the rest of the class of 2012 GOP failures? Its amazing that they keep trying to stuff the genie back into the bottle on this one.

    July 11, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Hooper

    Akin, speaks for the heart of the republican party. Don't let one of their stooges misdirect any of you from this fact. The republican party, is completely out of touch with mankind. They think in terms of corporate governance, nothing else.

    July 11, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    "I would say that Todd Akin's comments were not reflective of the Republican Party and the Republican message,"
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    If that's the case, then how come no one quickly came out and spoke against the man back in 2012? Took y'all a while.
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    Translation of her remarks: "After the devastation of the obvious war on women, it finally dawned on us that we might just need some of those votes some time soon. So we are kinda sorry (but not really)."

    July 11, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "is about a better future for every person in this country no matter who you are, no matter your background, and we are about protecting that opportunity for everyone."

    haha

    "is about a better future for every person in this country that we feel belongs here and is not a threat to our demographic share of power, no matter who you are, no matter your background, and we are about protecting that opportunity for everyone we unilaterally determine is worthy enough to receive it."

    FIFY

    July 11, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    "Akin eventually apologized for the comment. But in his soon-to-be-released book, "Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom." the former congressman states that he now regrets the apology."
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    So he really, still believes "...legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
    Gee why does everyone think the GOP and TP are science deniers? hmmmmmmm hmmmmmmm

    Remember Rush Limbaugh seriously suggesting that Obama was controlling the tropical storm Isaac to get the GOP to cancel a convention. "What could be better for the Democrats than the Republicans to cancel a day of this?" he said. "...I'm just telling you, folks, when you put this all together in this timeline, I'm telling you, it's unbelievable!"

    July 11, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. smith

    The GOP should gang up on Akin and force him out. What do you do with a bad apple? You toss it in the can. Simple stuff here people.

    July 11, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Vence

    He only speaks what the whole GOP thinks!!

    July 11, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    ""Volunteers will engage women in 25 key counties with high numbers of independent and 'swing' women voters," the statement noted. "'14 in '14' will train these volunteers to recruit other women, identify voters, support other get-out-the-vote efforts, and be Republican messengers in their communities."

    In other words, "we're not going to change all the policies and items on our agenda wishlist that women find abhorrent because we still think we can make an end-run around the need to change and instead just market ourselves more aggressively and deceptively."

    July 11, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. smith

    @Rudy- What? Romney spoke out against Akin`s comment before Obama did in 2012. Scott Brown spoke out the next day, Karl Rove cut all funding to Akin and even Sean Hannity was pushing for Akin to leave the party. The power of google, remember that before posting BS remarks.

    July 11, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Sip That Kool Aid, It's All You're Good For.

    Here's another raw truth about republicans. They've got thin skins. If you make an attempt to voice your opinion about the party of the small brained folk, the editor will exempt your entry from the comments, but the republicans can get as ugly as they want toward anyone or any person from an opposing party, and it will be put in the comments for all to see. Here's what all republicans need to hear. You are not all you believe yourselves to be. Matter of fact, you're being used to further the cause of people that care less for you and your families. You're just too stupid to admit it.

    July 11, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Luc

    where has she been. who care

    July 11, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Bigd

    Volunteer 1/2 hour a week. Yep sounds like they are working real hard for the women's vote

    July 11, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    If his words don't reflect the GOP sentiment why are there new laws regarding abortion in almost every state that the GOP governs? She's a flat out liar.

    July 11, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. DRAKE MALLARD

    We Get It, GOP. You Hate Women. We Get It.

    they're not pro-life. You know what they are? They're anti-woman. Simple as it gets, anti-woman. They don't like them. They don't like women. They believe a woman's primary role is to function as a brood mare for the state.

    July 11, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Chris..E.al

    Some PPL are just stupid no matter the party or their skin color ? Dont you know . Duh . Some PPL are just stupid . Learn and grow and get over it :)

    July 11, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. don in albuquerque

    Dear GOTP,
    After the recent SCROTUS decision on Hobby Lobby, probably one line of lyrics from "Les Miserables". sums up your parties stance on women's rights.
    "Have you seen how they boss man is looking today.....Take a look at his trousers you'll see where he stands." As sung by the female factory workers.

    July 11, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Smith, Romney and Co. are not the issue as much as McMorris is. Does anyone know what her statements were on Akin in 2012? Thats a much more important story than you picking yet another fight with Rudy over his remarks. Besides, the GOP keeps making these self-destructive remarks on any number of subjects, something that seems to escape your notice in your zeal.

    July 11, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    "The Republican vision is one that is about empowering you," she told the female attendees. The Democratic agenda, in contrast, is one that is "paternal" in nature and "promotes dependency."

    Bull. The repub vision is best described in The Handmaid's Tale. There's nothing "empowering" about your employer – or anyone – telling a woman what she can do with her own body.

    July 11, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    It is absolutely sociopathic the way the gop/tea bags do the exact opposite of what they say. Empower women – HAH!

    WAR IS PEACE
    FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
    IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

    Yep, that pretty much sums up the gop/tea bags.

    July 11, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Silence DoGood

    @DRAKE MALLARD
    We Get It, GOP. You Hate Women. We Get It.

    they're not pro-life. You know what they are? They're anti-woman. Simple as it gets, anti-woman. They don't like them. They don't like women. They believe a woman's primary role is to function as a brood mare for the state.
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    Have you seen right wing rant comments that include the phrase "100 years of liberal".....
    100 years ago women could not vote.
    You can see where they want to put women.

    July 11, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross....."If his words don't reflect the GOP sentiment why are there new laws regarding abortion in almost every state that the GOP governs? She's a flat out liar."

    Excellent point – but since it takes a working brain and the ability to think critically, it will go over the heads of EVERY repub/tea bag voter.

    July 11, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Sniffit says:
    July 11, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm
    “”Volunteers will engage women in 25 key counties with high numbers of independent and ‘swing’ women voters,” the statement noted. “’14 in ’14′ will train these volunteers to recruit other women, identify voters, support other get-out-the-vote efforts, and be Republican messengers in their communities.”

    In other words, “we’re not going to change all the policies and items on our agenda wishlist that women find abhorrent because we still think we can make an end-run around the need to change and instead just market ourselves more aggressively and deceptively.”

    Exactly!!! They won't change, they are simply going to pimp some females out to try and confuse other women. It's like the people calling for Ben Carson in 2016. Ha! By 2016 the GOP won't have a need for Dr. Ben. He'll barely be heard from once President Obama leaves office.

    July 11, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Pander Bear

    How's the rebranding going, GOP?

    July 11, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    I can't think of a greater dependency than blaming the media for the rightfully-deserved blowback these gop morons get every time they open their mouths. Folks like Akin and gop/tea bag voters in general are nothing but a bunch of whiny children who demand they get their way on everything, all in the name of their narrow, hateful interpretation of God and their obsession with money.

    July 11, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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