Top House Republican distances GOP from new Akin rape remarks
July 11th, 2014
04:17 PM ET
3 weeks 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."
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Filed under: Cathy McMorris Rodgers • GOP • RNC • Todd Akin
Akin expresses remorse over rape comment
April 26th, 2013
10:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Akin expresses remorse over rape comment

(CNN) – Nearly six months after losing a Senate race and becoming a political punch line, former Rep. Todd Akin weighed in again on his controversial remarks about rape and pregnancy, saying in a recent interview he has "relived" the episode "too many times."

In an interview with CNN affiliate KSDK in St. Louis, the former Missouri congressman also hit back at Karl Rove, founder of the independent group American Crossroads, for his new group designed to recruit GOP candidates that won't make the same mistake as Akin.
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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Karl Rove • Missouri • Senate • Todd Akin
Rep. Akin nearly doubled staff pay in final months
April 1st, 2013
08:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Rep. Akin nearly doubled staff pay in final months

(CNN) - On his way out of the U.S. House, Rep. Todd Akin dramatically upped staff compensation.

In the final three months of last year, Akin's small congressional staff got more than twice what it had received in any of the previous quarters in 2012, according to records posted by legislative salary tracker Legistorm.
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Filed under: Missouri • Todd Akin
November 6th, 2012
10:29 PM ET
2 years ago

McCaskill beats Akin in contentious Missouri Senate race

(CNN) - Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill won re-election Tuesday after defeating Republican Rep. Todd Akin, according to a CNN projection. With 24 percent of the estimated vote counted, McCaskill led Akin 53 percent to 40 percent.

McCaskill's victory is a major loss for Republicans who once saw her seat as a possible takeover target in their bid to win majority control of the Senate.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Senate • Todd Akin
Abortion, rape focus of new Akin ad; new funding a mystery
November 1st, 2012
02:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Abortion, rape focus of new Akin ad; new funding a mystery

Washington (CNN) – Missouri Senate Candidate Todd Akin is trying to turn controversy he created about rape and women on its head – making a direct appeal to conservative women in a new television ad featuring a woman who says she was raped and had an abortion.

"I'm a single mother – a woman who's had an abortion. I've been raped in my past," says the woman who says her name is Kelly.
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Filed under: 2012 • Todd Akin
McCaskill's mother dies
October 29th, 2012
07:32 PM ET
2 years ago

McCaskill's mother dies

(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, died on Monday, the senator from Missouri said in a statement on Monday.

"For some time, mom's health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest," McCaskill wrote. "People all over the state have asked about her, and their prayers and concern have been greatly appreciated."
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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Todd Akin
McCaskill ad uses Akin 'legitimate rape' comment against him
October 29th, 2012
12:25 PM ET
2 years ago

McCaskill ad uses Akin 'legitimate rape' comment against him

(CNN) – Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill's re-election campaign released a new ad Monday using video of opponent Rep. Todd Akin's controversial comments on rape.

The Republican congressman used the term "legitimate rape" in a Missouri television interview in August to describe what he explained was the process a woman's body goes through to shut down pregnancies in such cases.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Todd Akin
Poll: Voters split in Missouri Senate race
October 27th, 2012
07:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Voters split in Missouri Senate race

(CNN) - A new poll released Saturday indicates the contentious Senate race in Missouri between Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Todd Akin is in a dead heat.

McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, has the backing of 45% of likely voters in the state, compared to Akin's 43%, according to the Mason-Dixon poll commissioned by Missouri news outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate • Todd Akin
Biden implies Romney, Ryan lack 'moral courage' to condemn rape comments
October 26th, 2012
06:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden implies Romney, Ryan lack 'moral courage' to condemn rape comments

Kenosha, Wisconsin (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden on Friday implied that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan lack the "moral courage" to condemn comments from Republican Senate candidates Richard Mourdock from Indiana earlier this week as well as Missouri's Todd Akin from two months ago.

During a campaign event in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the vice president repeated a line being pushed by the Obama campaign against the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate: that the two are on the wrong side of women's issues.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Richard Mourdock • Todd Akin
October 22nd, 2012
11:03 AM ET
2 years ago

Akin compares McCaskill to a 'dog' playing 'fetch'

(CNN) – Missouri Republican and Senate hopeful Rep. Todd Akin compared his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, to a dog who plays "fetch" for higher taxes and regulations from Washington and brings them back to Missouri.

"She goes to Washington, D.C. and it's a little bit like one of those dogs, you know 'fetch,' and she goes to Washington, D.C. and gets all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and she brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri," Akin said Saturday at a fund-raiser in Springfield, Missouri.

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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Todd Akin
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