Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Real Clear Politics - Mark Levin on Akin Senate bid
Embattled Rep. Todd Akin said today he is “standing on principle” by staying in the Missouri Senate race, despite pleas from top Republicans to quit because of controversial remarks about rape and abortion. Akin, making the rounds on morning talk shows, also confirmed for the first time that he was urged by GOP vice presidential contender Paul Ryan to stand aside. In one concession,
Akin said he will not attend the Republican National Convention next week in Tampa, where Mitt Romney will be formally nominated for president. “I will honor their wishes,” he said on ABC’s Good Morning America. Republicans have high hopes of unseating Democrat Claire McCaskill and taking control of the U.S. Senate. But Akin’s comment about “legitimate rape” has all but drowned out talk of the economy and jobs as Republicans gear up for the 2012 election’s most intense period.
Akin has repeatedly apologized for his “legitimate rape” remark, made Sunday during a TV interview. On NBC's Today show, Akin discussed publicly for the first time the call he received from his friend Ryan, with whom he has co-sponsored legislation regarding abortion. Romney and Ryan indicated for the first time yesterday that they would like to see Akin out of the Missouri Senate race.
"He advised me that it would be good for me to step down," Akin said about Ryan's call. “I told him that I was going to be looking at this very seriously, trying to weigh all the different points on this.” Asked if ego is playing a role in his decision to stay in the race, Akin told Today show host Matt Lauer: "It's not about me. It’s about doing the right thing and standing on principle.” Akin defeated John Brunner and Sarah Steelman in a raucous primary earlier this month to win the Senate GOP nomination.The intra-party battle pitted GOP establisment figures against Tea Party supporters. "I know that the party voters took a look at our hearts, understood who we were, had a chance to meet us in many, many different ways and made a decision," Akin said on ABC News. “And it makes me uncomfortable to think that the party bosses are going to dictate who runs as opposed to the election process.” USA Today