Akin, returning to Capitol, says he's 'totally in' Missouri race
September 10th, 2012
09:09 PM ET
9 years ago

Akin, returning to Capitol, says he's 'totally in' Missouri race

Washington (CNN) – U.S. Rep. Todd Akin returned to Capitol Hill Monday for the first time since his comments about "legitimate rape" caused widespread condemnation from fellow Republicans, some of whom called on Akin to drop his bid for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat.

Trailed by reporters asking him about his plans for the Senate race as he walked out of the House chamber Monday, Akin said "I'm in, totally in."

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"Our polling data says we're going to win this so that's the plan and that's what we're focused on," Akin continued.

The Missouri Republican, who in August suggested that victims of so-called "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant, said Monday if national party leaders decide to give him campaign money, he would expect to see it after September 25th.

He did not answer directly when asked if he's talked with any leaders of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which supports Republican candidates for Senate, or any other outside groups.

"I just feel like we're doing very well in getting out in the streets of Missouri," Akin said. "Things are going incredibly well."

Akin said he's heard from people all over Missouri who are encouraging him to remain steadfast in his decision to keep running against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who Republicans regard as vulnerable in her bid for re-election.

"The sense is like this: "Hey party bosses, hey, we've already voted. The party bosses want to put somebody else in. Don't you give up. You stay there and you fight. That's what I'm getting."

Asked if he's guaranteeing he'll be the GOP candidate after the September 25th deadline to replace him with another candidate, Akin said, "That's what I'm saying. I've tried to say it about five times."

Filed under: Congress • Missouri • Senate
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Pander Bear

    Missouri, if you elect this whackjob to the Senate you will officially surpass Oklahoma as the 47th nuttiest state in the Union, surpassed only by Florida and Texas.

    September 10, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. Alex

    Folks kick Republican Senate and Congress men as they are not thinking of country and have made us laughing joke – in the freedom of women – even in the middle east....

    They don't want to pass the bill that gives 1.1 million jobs. Don't want to balance the budget by increasing taxes.

    September 10, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    LOL. The GOP does not control the Tea Party!!! Don't they get it?

    September 10, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. ted

    Yep and I bet Reince Preibus/RNC will be right behind him with money. Such a bunch of flip floppers, for him before against him before for him. Just watch.

    September 10, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Rep Akin represents what is wrong with the GOP/Tea Party, social and fiscal extremism at its worst.

    September 10, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. gt

    we forgave bill....why not this guy...

    September 10, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. chill485

    If this mental midget wins the Senate race it says something very sad and pathetic about the state of Missouri.

    September 10, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am going to be surprised if there are any women and doctors vote for this guy.

    September 10, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Has he spoken lately to his H.R. 3 anti women twin altar boy?
    I am sure they have a lot to talk about on how to keep women pregnant and in the kitchen.

    September 10, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  10. Stella

    This man is such a total idiot. He is too prideful to see the damage he is doing to the country he claims to love. He needs to do the right thing and GET OUT.

    September 10, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  11. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Why is this a surprise? The current republican party has no moral compass. They talk a good game, but once elected they do not support Christian values at all.

    September 10, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Obama Lied Jobs died

    America desperately needs Obamacare repealed. It's unaffordable, its an attack on healthcare choice and freedom, and its $1 trillion in taxes is killing jobs. Obama added $6 trillion in debt and we need to rein in spending. With all these serious problems, it is beyond absurd for a Senate race, with so much riding on it, to be decided by one statement on a side issue of a side issue.

    September 10, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Is he a "legitimate" candidate? Does he really represent the views of Republicans? How about women?

    September 10, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    This guy is the absolute epitomy of Republicans and Republican policy in particular on all the pro life issues and more... the tea party love him, and he will stay in the race. serves the republican party right. I hope he loses.

    September 11, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  15. PTNY

    Alrighty then.

    September 11, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  16. enough

    Where is the outrage over Rove's murder for hire "joke"? Should Ryan and Romney be blamed for what Rove said?

    September 11, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  17. Squigman

    Where else could this kind of mental illness exist? While the rest of the world moves forward, not backward this kind of empty headed lack of leadership, exists only in the United States. It's embarrassing.

    September 11, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  18. nunya

    Keep on saying all the way to McCaskill's reelection and swearing in...

    September 11, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  19. George Abrahams

    He's so stupid he doesn't get it that he was hand-picked by McCaskill to be to rope-a-dope opponent. When he loses he will become the most hated Republican in America.

    September 11, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  20. Victoria

    Adkin lost more traction in the Missouri race today with his well published remark about the USDA long time School Lunch program. Adkin said he wanted to cut funding for this highly respected program. Knowledgeable people who understand the historic positive effects of the School Lunch program credit it with greatly reducing the effects of poor nutrition upon American School Children. From greatly reducing the number of children suffering from Rickets to reducing the numbers of children suffering from poor growth rates. Our Nutrition program is a world model for programs run effectively with a large positive impact for the entire nation. Good Health in Children, leads to a healthy life for the soon to be adult. The adult then is able to contribute toward building a great nation.
    The question is then, What in the world is Adkin thinking this time?

    September 11, 2012 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  21. Thomas

    You have to ask , how can such a person be elected to office .

    America , the best and the brightest ?

    September 11, 2012 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  22. cisco4

    Typical republican.. just talk about tax cuts and abortion and rape.. Jobs.. whats that?..Good for nothing partytime.....and they get paid all that money to talk about it all..

    September 11, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  23. Vincent

    Hes fighting hard so he doesnt have to give up his cushy job and perks. Plus of course the guaranteed government health care and other forms of taxpayer funded support that the hypocrits receive, but would deny to other americans.

    September 11, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  24. bassman

    If Republican Missourians had listened to Sarah Palin they would not be in this situation. Palin backed Sarah Steelman. It appears she was right again.

    September 11, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  25. Gurgyl

    Put this idiot in jail.

    September 11, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
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