Candidates avoid talk of Akin on campaign trail
August 21st, 2012
03:31 PM ET
10 years ago

Candidates avoid talk of Akin on campaign trail

(CNN) - The ongoing furor over U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's remarks on rape and pregnancy was largely ignored on the campaign trail Tuesday as candidates for president and vice president refocused their attention on the issues that have dominated the election for weeks: Medicare and the economy.

Speaking at a community college in Reno, Nevada, President Barack Obama spoke about education, slamming his Republican rivals for not having a clear plan.


Filed under: Joe Biden • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • President Obama
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  1. Al-NY,NY

    Obama should just sit back and watch the tightie righties shoot themselves, over and over, in the foot about this. They are their own worst enemy

    August 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |

    Bearing false witness against thy neighbor once Willard. Taking the President's words out of context shows how truly pathetic your campaign is. Willard, since you won't release your taxes, I guess it's safe to say that you didn't pay taxes. Better yet, it's safe to suggest that you did something criminal. Wesly Snipes is in prison for tax evasion. That's the same place you belong you TAX CHEAT!!

    August 21, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    ""We have this funny idea, Mitt and I, that if you encourage success you get more of it," Ryan said at Beaver Steel Services in Carnegie. "It's a good thing. If you demonize success, if you resent success, you get less success and less prosperity, less jobs and less take home pay.""

    Yeah, and we have this funny idea, me and the rest of the thining public, that if your'e going to run for POTUS and VP, you shoudl run on something other than a straw man argument.

    August 21, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |

    Ryan voted for the $700 billion bank bailout, the auto bailout, Bush's wars, Bush tax cuts, the biggest Medicare expansion in U.S. history, a massive highway bill that included the “Bridge to Nowhere.” Enough said.

    August 21, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ryan voted against jobs bills, but voted for the Bush wars, the Bush tax cuts, the Bush TARP, the unfunded Bush drug program, all which gave our president a $12 trillion national debt. He authored the Ryan/Akin personhood amendment, and voted over 60 times to eliminate women's reproductive rights. He voted against the stimulus, but took credit for the jobs it created in his district. Quite a vetting process by the man of many Mittens.

    August 21, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. BlkPwr817

    GOP should avoid saying anything else until they can "ALL" get on the same page. Shouldn't have taken them until almost the end of the day to say that they didn't agree with Akin. But "FACTS" show that Ryan stands side by side with Akin on his policies...

    August 21, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. bb

    Well another issue, but with a plot, both parties thinks Akin a jerk, who doesnt??? I guess Agreement has been reached. Good lets work on creating jobs. Oblameo went to Ohio today to talk about education, well oblunder education aint going matter if YOU DONT CREATE A PLACE FOR THEM TO WORK, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS,

    August 21, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    YAAAAWWWNNN..... what, ANOTHER Democrat/MSM media distraction from the miserable Obama economy???

    August 21, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why do congressional republicans get to sit on a bipartisan senate jobs bill, and think they have no obligation to the American people to lower the unemployment? 8.3% is largely due to obstructing government.

    August 21, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Mikey

    @ 8.3% – Just because you haven't fixed all the damage yet, you don't give the car back to drunk uncle (the GOP) who crashed your car in the first place.

    August 21, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. BlkPwr817

    GOP loves to complain about the media distraction , but they're bringing these distraction on themselves. Yes the current economy is miserable, but what event led us to this point? That's what the GOP doesn't want to talk about. A dufus of a president in GW bush & a congress who didn't do jack shyt except for appeal ObamaCare over 31 times. It's on record of them saying that their only goal was to make the POTUS fail. Not pass legislation that would get this economy back on track. GOP has a difficult time telling the TRUTH about anything. But when they actually speak the TRUTH as what their thinking & their path for the country they end up offending the people they want voting for them. Then they have the nerve to call it "Media Distraction"

    The TRUTH will set you free GOP – You should try it sometimes...

    August 21, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. cali girl

    One of the first orders of business that Robmey touted he would do will mirror Wisconsin, The Unions. But not so much the unions it is who belongs to the unions. i.e Police, Fire and Teachers. Meaning slash, cut, burn any and all rights they have and see to it that deep budget cuts go in and many of these folks are out of a job.
    President Obama believes highly in education and will do what it takes to see to it funding gets out there. For those of you who say that the Federal Money does not cover education, well yes it does in many ways. Head Start programs, free lunch initiatives, military bases and their schools.
    California is facing a huge critical problem, In November if tax measures on the ballots don't pass then the public school education system is looking at a 3 week additional shutdown. that means the standard school year will shrink to 150 or 155 days. Who loses out? Not the unions, not the teachers, but our future. Thanks Robmey.

    August 21, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Davenport

    I vote for McCaskill would be a vote for Obama's continued ruinous policies.

    August 21, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Jules

    Naw – really? They don't want to talk about Aiken? Go figure – that GOP – their such a bunch of ............ Come to think about it, I am not really sure what they are – never heard of anyone who thinks a woman has superpower reproductive system that keeps her from getting pregnant when she is beiing raped. Never heard a political party that wants to divide rape in well, just plain rape and forcible rape. Only if you are forcibly raped should you be treated as a victim. That's what the Ryan-Aiken plan said about it when it was proposed as legislation in the house.

    August 21, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |