POLL: Should Todd Akin Step Down from Senate Race?

Akins' comments surrounding "legitimate rape" and that a female body can shut down pregnancy have caused a stir.


This week, Sen. Todd Akin's controversial comments regarding why he thought rape victims would not get pregnant made headlines: 

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin apologized in various interviews this week saying he misspoke when he said "legitimate rape" and was misinformed on the idea a woman's body could shut down a pregnancy. 

The Huffington Post reports Akin's comments could affect other races in Missouri, a swing state, such as the competitive race for lieutenant governor and secretary of state. 

Several groups, including the Republican Senatorial Committee, now refuse to fund Akin's campaign, according to the Huffington Post.

Republican party leaders, including Mitt Romney, have asked for Akin to step down, but as of Tuesday, Akin refused, according to the New York Times. He told Today show's Matt Lauer during a Wednesday interview Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan called and asked him to step down.  

Lauer asked Akin during the interview:

So if you find it hard to articulate your ideas on a sensitive issue like this and then you get the medical facts just plain wrong, why should you go to the senate and represent your state in debates over some of these very same issues? 

Akin replied:

"Well, the fact of the matter is I think anyone who does a lot of public speaking can make a mistake ... But the idea of standing on principle and trying to do the right thing when you make a mistake, you say you are sorry. You put the politics aside, and you do what's the right thing." 

Akin has until Sept. 25 to seek a court order to withdraw his name from the ballot, according to Politico.com

Do you think Akin should step down from the Senate race in Missouri? 

Richard Schulte August 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Jennifer- The comment below is quite common on Patch: "Well SuzyQ...you CONservatives are just that...racist...haters...certifiable...and dumb as freaking dirt...so...go ahead write your book. Give us something else to pity and laugh at. Be sure to get those insufferable idiots Rush and Palin to write the fly leaf endorsments. That would be the PERFECT CHERRY on top. SuzyQ. Numbskull." "racist...haters...certifiable...and dumb as freaking dirt" Comments like the one above should get you kicked off of Patch.
Richard Schulte August 31, 2012 at 11:58 PM
"racist...haters...certifiable...and dumb as freaking dirt" seems to be acceptable commentary and this sort of language always comes from the left.
McCloud September 01, 2012 at 12:24 AM
You know what would be useful? A reality check for Sandra, then she would understand she is not rational.
Lou September 01, 2012 at 12:55 AM
THOU SHALL NOT KILL embryos and fetuses in America; but, babies and children in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan are fair game, murder them, in God's name.
Lou September 01, 2012 at 01:01 AM
THOU SHALL NOT KILL American embryos and fetuses; but, Vietnamese, Iraqi and Afghan babies and children are fair game.
Sandra Sims September 01, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Another utterly failed attempt at wit. Did you write Clint Eastwood's speech last night?
McCloud September 01, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Hey girlfriend, recent Carville and other data gives for the first time a glimpse at internal polling. The results show this election is over by a landslide, which easily shows why these loony left reporters are making strange reaches of accusations of racism, as to save face for their investment in Obama.
Richard Schulte September 01, 2012 at 01:31 AM
But why limit your horizon to Vietnamese, Iraqi and Afghan children? How about all of the Germans and Japanese children who died in WW II? And how about all of the Jewish children who died at the hands of the Nazis and the Soviets and the millions of children in the Ukraine who died at the hands of Stalin and the Soviet Communists? Sometimes wars are necessary to prevent further evil-unfortunately, we haven't figured out how to eliminate evil. (And I'm sure we wouldn't be able to even agree on what evil is.) Now for some abortion statistics for the US: Number of abortions per year: 1.37 Million (1996) Number of abortions per day: Approximately 3,700 How many of these abortions occur where rape and incest are involved? I don't know the answer to that question. I guess I could research it, but I'll let some abortion supporter do that. Something tells me that the number of abortions where rape/incest are involved is relatively small. In other words, most abortions are just a form of birth control.
Richard Schulte September 01, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Yes, I heard about the Carville polling on Rush's show today. It's a Democracy Corps poll, Carville/Greenberg. I looked at the Democracy Corps' website, but can't find anything about the poll that shows Obama losing in a landslide. http://www.democracycorps.com/ Maybe that information will be on Rush's website: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/ Clint Eastwood did a great job last night of making Obama look like a fool.
Conrad September 01, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Mr. Schulte let's look at some of your comments. "Bozo: ..." "That Schulte guy is so self-assurred and confident and I'm such a twit."" "----- is just a rich guy. Who's gives a rat's read (sic) end about what the guy has got to say" "guess we could say that ------------ is just a cold cruel person who only focuses on herself." "-------- is a far left radical-a marxist. I have no interest in reading anything that -------- suggests reading. --------has achieved legenday kook status." "Like a lost puppy, ------follows me around on Patch. Are you paper-trained yet?" "--------, with all due respect, you are dumber than a box of rocks. You can't be a Republican, because no Republican could be that dumb." "-------I can't help but wonder how you know so much about the Klan. I noticed that you didn't take me up on the free movie tickets and I know how much Democrats like free stuff. Do you have some sort of meeting tonight that you're too busy to go see a movie for free? Well be careful you don't burn yourself at your meeting tonight." "I think I should get a medal or a plaque from Patch for answering questions from -----the alien life form from Planet Stupiter. "Have a pleasant evening you kook." "So the King of B.S.,------- is using a fake e-mail address so he can comment on Patch. The King of B.S., His Majesty -------is also the King of Fraud." This is acceptable to you then, Mr. Schulte?
Conrad September 01, 2012 at 02:01 AM
"with all due respect, you are dumber than a box of rocks. You can't be a Republican, because no Republican could be that dumb." -Richard Schulte, the obvious left winger because only people on the left say things like this.
Conrad September 01, 2012 at 02:03 AM
According to Mr. Schulte a comment like that ought to get you kicked off of Patch.
Doug Daluga September 01, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Schulte- Not everyone agrees with "rule #2" The First Amendment also deals with NOT having religion forced upon the people by the government.
Just Sayin September 01, 2012 at 09:34 AM
SuzyQ... if you walk like a duck...and quack like a duck... you are a CONservative.
Just Sayin September 01, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Jennifer... Perhaps not block comments...but how about putting a cap on how many comments can be made per person (computer) per article. The unstable person that Sandra Sims wants to block does little but antagonize and it turn others off and away. You must have noticed how each article starts out with greater participation by others and ends up with said unstable one and one or two people battling with him. It's a tiring pattern. My guess is you would have a wider group of diverse of participants...and more meaningful dialog if people did not have to deal with the reams of entries by the unstable one. Do you and 'The Patch' just not care?
Richard Schulte September 01, 2012 at 10:24 AM
In the liberal mind, the term "Bozo" and "racist. . .haters. . . certifiable" are equivalent.
NotWastingTime September 01, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Easy does it there Rich. You're foaming at the mouth again
auburn September 01, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Americans don't want the same thing for the next four years! That's why Akins will win. Missourians do forgive when asked. Romney will win by landslide nation-wide. Now go cry you liberals!
Conrad September 01, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Okay Bozo. "dumber than a box of rocks" is not equivalent to "dumb as freaking dirt" how? Youre the ultimate hypocrite Mr. Schulte. You prove it regularly.
Richard Schulte September 01, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Bozo: "Okay Bozo. "dumber than a box of rocks" is not equivalent to "dumb as freaking dirt" how? Youre the ultimate hypocrite Mr. Schulte. You prove it regularly." Actually, I have no objection to being called a "racist", "hater", "certifiable" or any other insult you want to hurl at me. I'm also quite honored to have earned your "ultimate hypocrite" award. I'm hoping that award comes with a certificate so I can hang it on the wall next to the compter. Thank you for the laugh Bozo. You can tell how desparate these people are getting about the election. I guess they think that if they hurl enough insults that that will get them enough votes to turn the Romney landslide tide away. Just a little over 60 days left liberals and then it'll all be over, exept for the liberals whining. The liberals/progressives (marxists) had their chance to convince the American people that their ideas were superior and their ideas came crashing down on their heads. Oh well, failure is not so bad. You'll get another chance in about 30 years or so when everybody who is old enough to remember America's national nighmare, Obama, is dead or senile. My condolences liberals/progressives (marxist), but you lost the 2012 election on election night 2008 when Obama spoke in Grant Park. Hope and Change just didn't work out.
Conrad September 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
But you call for those who use these words against you or those you agree with to be banned. Surely you can't even make yourself believe that excuse is valid. If you do, that fantasy world of yours is pretty far gone. Mr. Schulte, preach to your choir. If you really care so little about the same folks on this planet, you don't need to keep trying to convince us of something that's not real.
Richard Schulte September 01, 2012 at 05:48 PM
OMG. Rasmussen-September 1, 2012: Romney: 47% Obama: 44% Nevada: Obama 50% / Romney 45% (Obama +5%) Colorado: Obama 47% / Romney 47% (Even) Missouri: Obama 47% / Romney 46% (Obama +1%) Iowa: Romney 46% / Obama 44% (Romney +2%) Wisconsin: Romney 48% / Obama 47% (Romney +1%) Michigan: Obama 48% / Romney 42% (Obama +6%) Ohio: Romney 45% / Obama 45% (Even) Pennsylvania: Obama 48% / Romney 44% (Obama +4%) Florida: Romney 45% / Obama 43% (Romney +2%) North Carolina: Romney 49% / Obama 44% (Romney +5%) Virginia: Romney 47% / Obama 47% (Even) It's all over folks. America knows that Obama is a "miserable failure". The Obama Depression ends in mid-October, 2012, just about 6 weeks from now. Finally, the long "national nighmare" is coming to a close.
Just Sayin September 01, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Just remembering an old newspaper headline " Dewey Defeats Truman" LOL Dream on Richard...Dream on... R & R and U are dead in the water...Barack will win again. You and your pathetic ilk had better get those crying towels ready...
forest barbieri September 05, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Mr. Schulte: There are reasonable people with whom one can engage in dialog even when each has differing views. Then there are those that for some reason feel a divine righteousness wherein there is only one color, one road and one direction. Those people occasionally and unfortunately, obtain power and the world suffers because of it. This is not a dialog but rather a dissertation of your views. As to me, I am not assisting the government but perhaps rather different than some, developing an independent view based on my own thought processes. Indeed, I have still not decided whom I will vote for this November....how is that possible? Is he possessed? Nope, he has a mind of his OWN and is watching and learning. I look forward to the debates wherein I will likely make my final decision. Sacrilegious to actually think for yourself, isn’t it?
Richard Schulte September 05, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Mr. Barbieri- The official unemployment rate in February 2009 was 8.3 percent. The official unemployment rate in August 2012 is 8.3 percent (although it is actually much higher than the official government statistic). At present, there are 23 million American unemployed and under-employed. I realize that you are a wealthy person so you have not be touched by the recession, other than your net worth, but those 23 million Americans are real human beings whose lives have been shattered. Obama had his chance to fix the economy and he failed miserably. Your obvious lack of compassion speaks for itself. With all due respect sir, but it is my opinion that your only concern is for your own bank account. Earlier in your life you may have been a Special Forces officer, but you have developed into an anti-American. Perhaps, you may want to have one of your servants go rent a movie "It's a Wonderful Life". I get the impression that you resemble Mr. Potter in the movie. I've got mine, screw everybody else. We have nothing to talk about or discuss.
Me September 05, 2012 at 09:28 PM
@Forest - If I may be so bold as to point out where you are going wrong. Richard Schulte has no interest in a civil debate. He has stated before that his tactic is to repeat his refrain over and over. If he says it enough times, he seems to think that people will accept it as the truth. He does seem to have lost a grip on reality though as most people recognize him as a right wing wacko who has lost touch with reality (as well as losing ownership of his apartment in Evanston and his business). He is bitter and he blames everyone but himself. I just enjoy popping in every so often and winding him up so that he fires off responses like a whirling Dervish.
Conrad September 06, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Mr Schulte, just yesterday you were sent an email from the editor of this Patch site to tone down your rhetoric and here you are again doing just what you were asked to stop doing. You're responding to a post that is a week old. Why? What don't you understand about being civil?
RB September 06, 2012 at 03:47 AM
A R I T M E T I C Simplistic Explanation Republican Failure
McCloud September 06, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Simple minds have difficulty spelling. They also get their opinions from cheap political cliches, cause it makes them feel good. Not much depth in the Democrat model, scary that people vote without much else to go on.
McCloud September 06, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Here's some A R I T M E T I C, some 3 to 4 million jobs eliminated from the US economy during Obama's reign, recovery of net jobs under Obama Zero at best, net debt added to US economy 5 trillion + interest. Want to make this net job go to large negative numbers? Raise taxes.


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