5:41 PM, Aug 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe of Virginia has emailed its supporters likening Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli to failed 2012 Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin.
Calling Cuccinelli "Virginia's Todd Akin," the email admits that the Republican attorney general has never expressed views like that of Akin, who claimed pregnancy as a result of rape did not happen because women's bodies could "shut that whole thing down." But that didn't stop Emily Aden, McAuliffe's research director, from making the comparison in a fundraising appeal. Here's an excerpt:
If Akin and Mourdock were foot soldiers in the war on women's health, Ken Cuccinelli is one of its leaders. He's only running neck-and-neck with Terry because lots of Virginia voters don't know about his record.
Todd Akin outed his extreme beliefs when he said "legitimate rape," but Cuccinelli probably won't in such a public fashion. That's why we need your help now more than ever.
Help us get out the word that Ken Cuccinelli would be as dangerous for Virginia as Todd Akin was for Missouri by making a $5 donation now.
It's undeniable: Akin and Cuccinelli are two peas in a pod.
They both support Personhood bills that would ban many common forms of birth control, including the pill.
While Cuccinelli might be a good enough politician not to say something as abhorrent as "legitimate rape," he believes that abortion should be illegal even in the case of rape and incest — just like Todd Akin. Cuccinelli proudly called himself, "the most aggressive pro-life leader in the Virginia Senate."
And the cherry on top of their extreme sundae: they both tried to defund Planned Parenthood.
Will you make a $5 donation today to help us make sure Virginia doesn't get stuck with Todd Akin's ideological twin?
We were able to fight back against extremism and win last year. With your help, we can keep that momentum going.
Virginians go to the polls in November. According to the Real Clear Politics poll average, McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli by 1.3 points.
10:04 AM, Sep 5, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Todd Akin, a six-term congressman and Senate nominee from Missouri, said something stupid and offensive a couple weeks ago. Akin apologized for the comment, and was nonetheless promptly rebuked by every leading Republican, including the presidential nominee. GOP leaders announced they were cutting off support for his Senate race and launched a concerted effort to persuade him to withdraw.
4:51 PM, Aug 26, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
Support for Republican Todd Akin’s decision to stay in the Missouri Senate race has cratered and so has his favorability. Those findings come from two new polls conducted after Akin created a firestorm with his comment about “legitimate rape.”
12:29 PM, Aug 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Earlier this week, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota joined Vice President Joe Biden for a campaign event in Minnesota.
10:03 AM, Aug 22, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
My advice, for what it's worth, to conservatives and Republicans desperate to see Todd Akin off the ballot in Missouri: You've made your point. You've bewailed and denounced and threatened. Now it's time to hearken to the words of Lincoln, in his great Temperance Address, delivered on Washington's birthday in 1842 in Springfield, Illinois, addressing the fervent and fervid temperance advocates of his time—but also the fervent and fervid of all times:
11:32 PM, Aug 7, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Conservative congressman Todd Akin has won a tough three-way Republican primary for Senate in Missouri, the Associated Press reports. In a race that had been close between Akin, businessman John Brunner, and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman, the seven-term representative from northeastern Missouri pulled ahead with more than 36 percent of the vote. Polls showed the primary remained tight just days before the election, and each candidate had support for major conservative figures and groups.
6:12 PM, Jul 17, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has endorsed Sarah Steelman in the Missouri Republican primary for U.S. Senate. "I am deeply honored and humbled to have earned the endorsement of Governor Palin, whose willingness to stand up and fight for what is right, regardless of the political consequences, has blazed a trail for conservatives who believe as we do, that the status quo has got to go," Steelman said.
Here's Palin's statement:
12:00 PM, Jan 7, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Three Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee, in addition to the chairman, Buck McKeon, have put out statements critical of the new round of Obama defense cuts—Todd Akin, Randy Forbes, and Rob Wittman.
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