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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., campaigns his wife Lulli, right, during the Northwest Missouri State Fair in Bethany, Mo., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. It was Akin's first public interaction with voters since his Aug. 19 comment in a TV interview that women's bodies have ways of averting pregnancy from what he called "legitimate rape." The comment prompted widespread backlash, with some Republicans urging him to quit the race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Farm Bureau is reconsidering its endorsement of Republican Rep. Todd Akin for U.S. Senate because of comments he made about women being able to thwart pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape," an organization spokesman said Friday.

The move to reconsider an endorsement is unprecedented for the Missouri Farm Bureau, whose political action committee endorsed Akin over Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill by a 99 percent vote just three weeks ago.

"After polling the Missouri Farm Bureau county leaders, a majority believe the endorsement of Todd Akin for U.S. Senate should be reconsidered," said Farm Bureau spokesman Estil Fretwell, an adviser to the group's political arm.

Fretwell said a new endorsement vote will come soon.

Since it began making Senate endorsements in 1982, the Missouri Farm Bureau has always backed the Republican candidate. If the group drops its support of Akin, it does not appear likely that McCaskill would pick up the endorsement.

Under the procedures discussed by political action committee chairmen, "if the endorsement is not made again (for Akin), then there would be no endorsement," Fretwell said.

The loss of Farm Bureau support could cost Akin money. But a neutral stance by the Farm Bureau, with branches covering all Missouri counties, could have an even greater effect among rural voters.

Akin has repeatedly apologized for his remarks while rebuffing calls to quit the race from top Republicans, including GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the chairman of the Republican National Committee. Akin already has lost the financial backing of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the conservative Crossroads group, which have dropped plans to air millions of dollars of ads in Missouri.

The six-term congressman has sought to counteract that with an aggressive push for small-dollar donations online. He continues to draw support from some social conservatives and anti-abortion activists, including the Family Research Council and former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

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Mr. Akins should bow out of this race gracefully. His integrity as a leader has been too damaged by his inane statement. Clair McCaskill is not a perfect person to represent Missouri, but she is by far the person with the most personal integrity and sincere ambition for the residents of Missouri than any other candidate on the ballot.

-- Posted by LiberalDemocrat on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 12:05 PM

Geeze, I thought Carl Rove and the Republicans were pro-life. May I suggest Mr. Rove, and Mr. Akin with pistols, at 20 paces?

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 2:07 PM

How can you refer to a death threat as a "joke"? Are the Capitol Police investigating Mr. Rove?

-- Posted by Courtois on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 2:21 PM

The Missouri Farm Bureau must be run by a bunch of male chauvanists! What else could possess them to do something so lame? Sell insurance not women's souls. Stay out of politics if you can't treat women equally. Unbelieveable!!!

-- Posted by trixie3 on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 6:39 PM


You may not like Todd Akin and that is your right, just like I don't like McCaskill. I think McCaskill is a disgrace and a joke to the state of Missouri and needs to be voted out of office.

Todd Akin is a good choice

-- Posted by grandpa3 on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 9:34 PM

People who criticize Todd Akin for not using the right words, are they saying that they are perfect. I guess everytime they open their mouth they always say the right thing and that makes them almost perfect. Kind of puts them right up there with Obama who thinks he knows everything.

-- Posted by grandpa3 on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 9:43 PM


I don't criticize Todd Akin for not using the right words. What I find more alarming is his contention that a woman's body can prevent pregnancy if raped, which has no medical basis at all.

-- Posted by gazza33 on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 10:36 PM

Claire McCaskill is one of the most level-headed senators in Washington! I have great respect for her. She is willing to work with those across the aisle for reasonable solutions to our country's problems, unlike most of the Republicans. Certainly she has a more intelligent understanding of the definition of rape and the ravaging effects this despicable crime can have on a woman's body. I am not saying that I'm perfect because I am not and neither are any of the posters on this blog, but I don't think Mr. Akin mispoke; he said exactly what he meant to say or he would not have said it. He only apologized when the the powers-that-be in the GOP called him on his ridiculous assertion.

-- Posted by LiberalDemocrat on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 10:46 PM

Claire McCaskill is one of the worst senators in Washington. She is condescending and arrogant with her constituents. I have emailed her on several occasions and her responses are very arrogant.

She has been rated one of the top Obama supporters. She is NOT intelligent - she didn't pay taxes on her private plane for 3 years - $287,000!!!!! - and she was the Missouri STATE AUDITOR. She's a liar, a tax cheat and doesn't deserve to represent Missourians. She voted 98% of the time with Obama.

Good bye Claire.

-- Posted by Dug on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 11:21 PM


A Senator from the State of Missouri took the time to respond to your email. Your post indicates it was multiple times. She has made restitution on her tax error. She is clear, honest and smart.

Now, can you say the same about her opposition?

-- Posted by Reasoning on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 7:53 AM

So, we can forgive Claire's ILLEGAL tax activities, but we can't forgive Akin's statements... ...statements which are made in his effort to protect unborn human babies from the baby-killers?!?!

I am glad to see this discussion is not continuing to misuse his 'Legitimate Rape' words... ...you know unlike 'Illegitimate Rape' claims made by Tawana Brawley, the Duke Lacrosse accusers, and apparently, every woman that accused Bill Clinton of rape.

Even so, Akin's comments may not have been that far off from the truth. Please read this, which includes Akin's full comment:


Bottom line, Aire-Claire doesn't represent Missouri values and though she claims she stands against him, was one of the first to endorse and push his Marxist, anti-colonialist, business-destructive, anti-freedom and radical views on us.

-- Posted by bbollmann on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 11:34 AM


If your emails were anything like your postings, I don't know why she would rspond to you at all. Nothing she would have said would have been satisfactory to you anyhow. Lose the attitude dude.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 11:44 AM

I still say that his statment, misspoken or not, has nothing to do with fixing our economy. Get over it and move on.

-- Posted by TheOneDude on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 12:26 PM

Lose the attitude dude.-- Posted by howdydoody on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 11:44 AM

Lose the union attitude dude - loyal to those democrats regardless. How is your union waiver from Obamacare doing? That's all it takes to get your vote. Try to live on your own income and stay out of the rest of our pockets.

Yes, McCaskill - early on - did respond to my emails. Basically i asked her not to vote for Obamacare and said that, as a Missourian from a state that did NOT want Obamacare (70% against), she should support the people she represents. Her answers were along the lines that we as Missourians don't know what we need and that she does.

Reasoning - absolutely I can say that Akin is conservative, smart and doesn't want to raise taxes on all of us like Claire McCaskill did - 20+ tax increases in Obamacare. I've read them all - have you? I seriously doubt it. The tax increases are REAL, not funny money and you will be paying for them.

Claire and her husband owned a plane. Claire - our ex-STATE AUDITOR - somehow forgot to pay $287,000 in taxes on it. That is ILLEGAL. But you liberals don't give a hoot about illegal activity. All you care about is more welfare, food stamps and unemployment benefits. While your kids and grandkids drown in your lazy entitlement attitude. It's no wonder you support McCaskill who supports Obama 98% of the time. This $16 TRILLION debt that Obama has expanded is real. It cannot be "written off".

-- Posted by Dug on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 2:06 PM

Get off the Huffington Post and NY Times web sites and you'll learn a lot:




Need any more references? Link #2 has a picture of this 1%er's massive twin engine airplane. Link #3 has a picture of Claire admitting she owes the taxes. Now that you're educated and you know she ILLEGALLY avoided taxes - you know, breaking the law - I assume you'll vote for Akin who has never avoided taxes or broke the law. Read the stories, they're good.

-- Posted by Dug on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 3:54 PM

Dug: Is voting in a precinct that you don't live in illegal?

-- Posted by howdydoody on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 4:35 PM

Is it? Was he arrested and charged? Please get back to me when you find out.

I once filled out an absentee ballot in another state where I was working and mailed it in. I voted out of my precinct. Is that illegal?

-- Posted by Dug on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 4:44 PM

What a screwball you are. Did I say Akin did this? No, I didn't. But you know what I'm talking about. You read the STL paper.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 6:38 PM

The entire content of your post is to prove I read the STL paper? So do you howdy69. Talk about off topic.

Now, answer the question. Was he charged? Was he arrested? You're wrong again - batting zero on this thread as anyone here can see. More name calling from the liberal union-dude. Have you ever worked an honest day in your life?

-- Posted by Dug on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 7:52 PM

Dug, you must be off your meds. Please take them!

-- Posted by xoxo on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 8:26 PM

Wow, good thing that Karl Rove isn't running for anything...if he really made that comment, he'd be kicked off his ballot, for sure.

It's really too bad that Mr. Jaco felt called to ambush Mr. Akin. St. Louis T.V. stations might have a problem...Larry Connors, I thought, went into attack mode in the last GOP senate candidate debate, when he didn't seem very impartial in his questioning of Mr. Brunner's finances. Shouldn't they be content with the gazillions of dollars they're making from campaign advertising? Do they have to play such a big role in determining who the people "get" to vote for, too?

Does anyone think he's being targeted maybe for some other reason? Like entertaining something so "radical" as a return to the original method of electing senators, which was by the legislatures of their respective states, by repealing the 17th Amendment?


That must have rattled a lot of the high priests and priestesses of the party. They derive some of their power from this direct democracy style of electing Senators.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 9:51 PM

Doug's is right. Check out the links.

-- Posted by TheOneDude on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 10:04 PM


Significant emotional stress interferes with ovulation. Fact. No ovulation, no pregnancy.

It's not at all something that's predictable, though, and the individual response varies greatly. Not something that could ever be incorporated into a statute.

He could have said, "That's not within federal jurisdiction."

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 10:10 PM

Dug, you must be off your meds. Please take them!-- Posted by Stuck in Mayberry on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 8:26 PM

If you pay attention on this thread or many others here these are the intellectual responses you get from today's democrats. They, like Obama, have no facts and they resort to this - "screwball", "off your meds" - on and on. They, like their president, have no substance.

Claire McCaskill is a huge millionaire that won't pay her taxes yet raised yours. Todd Akin pays his taxes and hasn't broken any laws to my knowledge. Still waiting on howdy's no response. Again, today's democrats have nothing - no responses but names and "cool" comments - like their president.

-- Posted by Dug on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 10:13 PM

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