I will admit that I am against using Twitter and do not engage in writing or reading any “tweets” if possible. My biggest issue with it is once you quickly put out there a comment or opinion for people to read, you cannot proofread what you are saying and have to pray there wasn’t any “slip of the tongue.” Of course, the same goes during a live interview and once you say something; it is almost impossible to take it back; even if you realize your mistake and apologize afterwards.
Well, GOP Rep. Todd Akin has learned this lesson the hard way as he made a comment about abortion recently during an interview and, though he apologized afterwards, is suffering the consequences for his statement.
Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, during an interview that was aired on Sunday, made a comment in reference to abortion that he has quickly apologized for on Monday. Nevertheless, many who support abortion were outraged from the initial comment. Also, it has angered Democrats and forced Republicans to distance themselves from Akin, treating him as a political leper.
The comment was so damaging that the National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman, John Cornyn (R-Tex), let Akin know on Monday not to expect any money from the national GOP towards helping him get elected to the Senate, according to an NRSC aide.
The damaging comment was said in response to the question about is rape considered a valid reason for abortion.
According to Akin, “From what I understand from doctors … if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” The comment was a mistake that he has admitted afterwards for making and said, “I made that statement in error. Rape is never legitimate. It is an evil act,” Akin told former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in a radio interview. “I used the wrong words in the wrong way.”
He also added that “I don’t know if I’m the only person in public office that suffered from foot-in-mouth disease. … I’m not a quitter.” Despite his angering those whose support he needs to win, he has vowed to stay in the Senate race in Missouri.
What the candidate does not realize or acknowledge is that there is more at stake besides the Senate seat in Missouri. The NRSC aide also said that when Cornyn notified Akin about not getting any support from the national GOP, he also expressed his deep concern that in staying in the race, he would be risking any hopes that Republicans have of retaking the majority in the Senate.
Just as Republicans are stampeding away from the staunch anti-abortion candidate, the same goes for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. During a phone interview with the National Review Online, Romney condemned the original remarks made by Akin by saying, “Congressman Akin’s comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable and, frankly, wrong.” He has addressed this issue; it seems, more than once. He added, “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”
Another candidate who is running for reelection, Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, also denounced the Akin comment; however, went even further by saying: “As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong. There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri.”
Democrats have also sounded off on the issue in hopes of aiming to widen the gender gaps among voters in the hopes of gaining votes come November. Even President Obama has sounded off on the comments made by Akin. While having his first news conference in months, President Obama said, “Rape is rape, and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me.” He added, “ So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health-care decisions on behalf of women.”
With politics, it is no surprise that when someone in one party says or does something that is considered wrong or offensive, the other party swoops in like a pack of vultures. However, in this case, the actions of one man has caused both parties to distance themselves from the individual; leaving any hopes of winning the Senate seat in Missouri to wither away.
In addition, Republicans need to do major damage control if they have any hopes of having the Senate seat and acquiring the majority in the Senate. Whatever happens, Akin’s is demonstrating that he is not a quitter; in politics and his stance on abortion. Reiterating his views on abortion rights, he said that “People and life are tremendously valuable.” “We believe that life is something that comes from our creator.”
Todd Akin Comments
Regarding his comments about rape and sexual assault.
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