Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism
August 23rd, 2012
02:07 PM ET
10 years ago

Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism

(CNN) – Even as the official Republican Party continues to try to derail Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin over his remarks about “legitimate rape,” a powerful force within the GOP has begun rallying to the candidate’s side: the party’s socially conservative base.

Powerful Christian activists in the GOP have begun pushing back against party leadership, alleging it has gone too far in trying to thwart Akin and it is attempting to sideline issues that social conservatives care about, such as abortion.


Filed under: Abortion • Missouri • Religion
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  1. cali girl

    It's the party platform, they can't run away from it now that the cat is out of the bag.
    I thought it was quite disrespectful of Eddie Munster to denounce what Akin said, I guess Eddie suffers from CRS, the fact he con-sponsored many personhood amendments right there at Akin's side.
    When Eddie was asked about using the term Forcible Rape, he changed tactics and said Rape is Rape. When asked why he chose the word Forcible, again only said Rape is Rape. I suppose the Robmey campaign has taught him well in how to not answer a direct question.

    August 23, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Is this idiot the same as that lubbock Texas judge without BRAIN??????

    August 23, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Someone needs to tell these "christian conservatives" a thing or two. They need to told: that politics is supposed to be an evil, according to thir own bibles; that the US is supposed to be country without preference for one religion over another, which includes atheism; that Jesus instructed his followers to not boycott paying taxes and give to Ceaser that which is Ceaser's, referring to the image of Caeser on coins; that will be judged in death by how well they treated the poor, the sick, and the weak; etc.

    What they really need to be told is that their hypocrisy is appalling, and that they disgrace the meaning of christianity. They need to be told that they are heretics.

    August 23, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    He misspoke. Big deal. We have a gaffomatic VP that does the same thing every day. He hasn't resigned or been fired yet.

    Missouri doesn't want to vote for Obama Clair McCaskill. They will vote for Akin. HE will vote to repeal Obamacare. McCaskill will not. The choice is as easy as that.

    August 23, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Peace

    GOP Party leadership with Romney didn't handle the issue wisely. They are going to lose women votes and extremists Christians like Akin.

    August 23, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    I would think that the vp nominee flip flopper that he has become should be first in line as he believes and has written bills against women with akin. Read H.R. 3. Very enlightening on what this altar boy thinks about women. Changing the word "legitimate" rape go "to forcible" rape to make it clearer(????). Even if a child is raped by an adult she needs to keep ghat child!!!
    Both their wives should be ashamed to be associated with these two cretins! Doesn't akin have a daughter?

    August 23, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    what a surprise.........NOT. Too bad for the GOP that they let these zealots hijack control so now they're stuck with them...hee hee

    August 23, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Is there a bun in your oven? Congratulations! That means you weren't raped!

    Please report to the nearest office of the Government Pregnancy Bureau within the next 10 days to register your pregnancy and receive your free intra-uteran pregnancy monitoring device and GPS tracking anklet. Don't forget to bring your Reproductive ID Card or it may cause delay in receiving your fetus's serial number.

    August 23, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |

    This is exactly the problem with the Republican party. They are slaves to the Christian extremists, not saying they'll start blowing up stuff like Muslim extremists (Historically, yes) but the party cannot live on under these rules. What happened to the party. Its gotten out of control. Now we have a judge in Texas warning the populous about a new civil war if Obama gets 4 more years?? Seriously? That's like a liberal claiming the hurricane during the GOP convention is a sign from GOD that Obama is his pick.

    August 23, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. gop usa

    Funny that Ryan just sold out his beliefs for Romney.Ryan is a flip flopper too just like Romney. Romney has flipped and flopped all over the place and I cannot trust him,he has proven to have no core values or conviction.Romney attacking seniors and veterans is the last straw,he gets no vote from this repub......

    August 23, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "He misspoke"

    No. He. Didn't.

    The only "misspoke" about it is "oops, I wasn't supposed to say that out loud...we're jsut supposed to try to sneak those policies into legislation while the people sleep on their rights."

    August 23, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. SafeJourney

    Of course the right wing extremist would support Akin. That is exactly what they believe along with Akins policy buddy Ryan

    August 23, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Canuck

    Republicans only you care about you until you're actually born. Once you're a live human being, walking the earth,they'll happily deny you healthcare, social security and will send you off as cannon fodder in their pointless wars. Disgusting.

    August 23, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. BlkPwr817

    Don't see how they expect Romney to be the leader of this country when he can't even controll his own party. No way they're in a postion to lead when they're not even on the same page page as far as their policies go...

    August 23, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Tony

    Republicans want to abort Akin's candidacy. Alas, the Republican Party platform agrees with Akin– no abortion under any circumstances.

    August 23, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. cali girl

    Of course the right wing would consider the Akin comment a gaffe. That is why all kinds of GOP are driving a wedge between his comments and doing the best they can to distance themselves from it. We all found out what the GOP/Tbaggers have been up to. Trying to hide and discredit any war on women.
    I especially love Clarence Williams who said a woman who is in the situation of being raped can't do anything about it so she should just lie back and enjoy it. And Akin and others that say the woman's body has a built in God Shield, we have ways of killing sperm as to not get pregnant. Wow.

    August 23, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |

    The party’s socially conservative base? What you mean is the American Taliban.

    August 23, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |

    Shame on them!

    August 23, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. rs

    This parsing of positions, that somehow while the GOP (the party) adopts these crazy social positions as "planks", that Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan somehow hold significantly different, so we pight not worry is simply bunk. Either the GOP promotes a clutch of beliefs or it doesn't. Meanwhie, it sure does look chaotic in there.

    August 23, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Samuel


    This isn't a debate on abortion, it is a debate on whether or not rape can be 'legitimate'. Do you really want to be on the side that says it can be?

    August 23, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. Sniffit's the new "in" thing.

    August 23, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. David

    Yup. No doubt about it. They are as christian as the slavers were and the segregationists were.

    August 23, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. rs

    8.3% unemployment-
    What Akin said (and Ryan upholds) is no gaffe. Sure, Akin would flunk HS Biology, but what these two men promote- in their crazy, backward legislation is the rights of zygotes and rapists over adult women makes them fit in real well with folks like the Taliban. Most Americans are a wee bit more enlightened than that. But hey, this is what you get when the base of your party are fundamentalist religious literalists.

    August 23, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Jane

    The Republican version of a 'gaffe' is not using the wrong word, or an awkward turn of phrase. No, all these Republican 'gaffes' beginning with the primaries, have simply been one of their own accidentally telling the truth.

    August 23, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    "He misspoke. Big deal. We have a gaffomatic VP that does the same thing every day. He hasn't resigned or been fired yet."
    As Sniffit pointed out, under the Akin/Ryan definition of rape an alleged rapist can plead innocence if the victim doesn't get pregnant. Is that really what we want?

    August 23, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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